Loch Lomond Whisky is a Highland single malt distillery in Alexandria, Scotland. The master blender is Michael Henry, who created the selection of single malt, single grain and blended whiskies under the guidance of renowned master blender John Peterson.
The distillery uses cylindrical copper pot stills that permit production of alcohol at a higher ABV than usual, up to 90% ABV. This allows a wide range of flavours that can be selected to produce the final single malt.
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.
Loch Lomond is also the whisky drunk by Captain Haddock in the Tintin series of graphic books.
We tried three of the famous single malt whiskies: the 18, 12 and Original Loch Lomond (no age). The 18 year old Loch Lomond is a classic whisky, smooth and lemony with a bitter sweet aroma and light smoke. The 12 year old is more lemony and smoky, with flavours of cut grass. Spicier than the 18 years old. The Original is earthy with a peaty pear flavour. They all benefit greatly from breathing, becoming more complex. Leave it to take in the air or add a drop of water to bring it out, they all become sweeter and develop a more caramel flavour.
These are decent, quality whiskies for drinkers looking for a light, soft peaty, traditional whisky taste.