Inchmurrin 11, 2007 (SMWS)

Okay, back to whisky. Here’s a young Inchmurrin from a bourbon cask. Inchumurrin, as you probably know, is one of the several lines of whisky produced at the Loch Lomond distillery. Its profile is typically very fruity and sans the peat that marks their Croftengea line. I confess I am never able to remember how Inchmurrin or Croftengea differ from the other lines made by Loch Lomond—Inchfad, Inchmoan and so on. I did really like my last young Inchmurrin from a bourbon cask. That one was an official 9 yo single cask selected by the Whisky Exchange last year to commemorate their 20th anniversary, and I was glad to have procured a full bottle of it. This one is a bit older at 11 years of age and was bottled by the SMWS. They gave it the fanciful name “A Piece of Paradise”. If it’s filled with tropical fruit I’ll forgive them. Let’s see if that turns out to be the case and if I regret only having a 2 oz sample.

Inchmurrin 11, 2007 (55.2%; SMWS 112.48; 2nd-fill bourbon hogshead; from a bottle split)

Nose: The usual melange of bubble-gummy fruit: melon, peach, grape. Big vein of malt running through it and hints of gasoline as well. The fruit gets brighter, more acidic with every sniff. As it sits the malt intensifies and takes on a roasted aspect. A few drops of water pull out some vanilla and some cream.

Palate: Comes in bright and acidic with all the fruit all over the place—more tropical here and more peppery and mineral. Very drinkable at full strength. On the second sip there’s quite a bit of makrut lime peel but there’s also a slight hint of glycerine. As it sits the glycerine goes away or recombines with the bitter lime peel. Water emphasizes the citrus and adds some salt as well.

Finish: Long. The fruit and the pepper go on for a while. As on the palate with water.

Comments: Lovely fruity whisky. Just missing a bit of depth and development. To think I hadn’t had any Inchmurrin—and not very much at all from Loch Lomond—until just a few years ago. And yes, I’d be very happy if I had a full bottle of this.

Rating: 88 points.

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