Loch Lomond Distillery was commissioned by the Littlemill Distilling Company in 1964 with first distillation in 1966. In 1984, the distillery closed – or fell silent, to use the traditional term. Happily though, Alexander Bulloch and the Glen Catrine company acquired the business and resumed malt production in 1987. Grain whisky production began in 1993 and two new malt stills were added in 1999.
The whisky I am tasting today is a limited edition. This is a 14 YO Loch Lomond distilled in February 2005 and bottled August 2019 into 516 bottles at 54,4 ABV. It has been matured in first-fill Oloroso Sherry casks 15/620-1 and 15/620-4.
Woody on the nose at first. Solvent notes and a bit dusty. After a while I get dates and prunes. Smooth and sweet woodiness on the palate. Rich. Dates and prunes. Yellow jumbo raisins on the finish. A dusty library. A bit dry and woody.
My score: nose 20 / taste 22 / finish 21 / balance 21 = 84