There are not too many distilleries able to offer 50 years old whisky yet in the late 2017 another one, Loch Lomond, joined the club.
The whisky distilled on November 19, 1967 in unique straight-neck pot still spent 31 years in a refill American oak hogshead before being transferred into European oak hogshead for additional 19 years. It was bottled in December 2017, just weeks after its 50th Birthday. The presentation is stunning – hand-blown Glencairn crystal decanter placed in hand-made “Tempest chest” created by Method Studio. The chest carved from oak and lined with indigo-dyed leather is designed to imitate the waves of Loch Lomond. Each set contains a vial with a sample of whisky. Only 60 decanters were produced. (Official tasting note.)
Nose: heady oak spice of clove and cinnamon with sweeter notes of sultanas and raisins with creamy vanilla fudge.
Palate: silky mouthfeel rolls over the tongue; intense vibrant tropical fruity, fresh pineapple and ripe banana with a honey sweetness.
Finish: warming stem ginger, bursts of gooseberry and elderflower and waves of tangy grapefruit citrus.