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Inchmurrin 2001 / 2017 #4157 for The Whisky Exchange vs Inchmurrin 42 yo 1974 / 2016 Cadenhead 44.3%

Inchmurrin, named for the eponymous Island within Loch Lomond, is just one of the distillery’s Single Malt variants. That Swiss Army Knife of a distillery is able to produce so many styles, no wonder it always had a bit of an identity crisis, this one for example is a Single Malt, but all the whisky in it was distilled in the hybrid stills with pot bottoms and rectifying column tops. The cut point was set high in a way that allowed fruitiness to show in the distillate. Truth be told this likely makes it one of the better expressions of Loch Lomond.

Inchmurrin 2001 / 2017 #4157 for The Whisky Exchange 53.1%

 Nose: Well then. It’s fruity! I love it already. Not as exuberantly fruity as an Irish, or grassy-fruity like a Littlemill can be but an oily fruit that leans towards mandarins and grapefruit and other juicy citrus notes, I’ve always wondered what they put into fruit gummies, but it’s here too. A thin oiliness presents itself with crayons, hot candle wax, linseed maybe. Bark scrapings, and tinge of green. Straightforward but hits the spot.

 Palate: Fruit and thin molten wax off the bat, turns to a real citric kind of juice with lots of heat from the spirit. It’s all fresh ginger and pepper, the signs of youth, it’s clearly a young malt but the profile is great. A real zesty juice plus blended ginger and chilli. Uncomplicated – both boon and bane here.

 Finish: Long goes on with the fruitiness. Great distillate.

 

 

Inchmurrin 42 yo 1974 / 2016 Cadenhead 44.3%

How often do you see a 1974 Inchmurrin?

 Nose: Again the fruit is there though it’s lurking about. And its not fresh citrus, here it’s preserved lemons, hints of warm passionfruit and apricot. Even hints of dried thyme to top its slight but supple core. Plain amazing to find this in old Loch Lomond. But what’s also loud is the wood influence – fragrant sandalwood and wispy incense. Lots of old furniture lacquer and dry oak. That being said it’s heart is retains a youthful freshness nonetheless, and certainly doesn’t nose like a 42 year old for sure.

 Palate: Actually quite spicy with loads of oak influence and eucalyptus, hot ginger tea, peppercorns and at the same time quite a big slug of citrus juice. Again it remains a good if simple whisky. While it doesn’t give out, it does loses steam towards the end.

 Finish: Medium with citrus juice, old oak things, and old peppercorns.

 

 

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