If there's one thing I have come to appreciate over the past few years, its a good drop of whiskey. After first really picking up a taste for it at a whisky masterclass in 2016 my palate has slowly become more refined and attuned to the complex flavour profiles that accompany some of the worlds most beautiful whiskies.
For this festive season, I have been lucky enough to partner up with Vintage Cellars to celebrate the Australian launch of the internationally acclaimed Scottish whisky brands Glen Scotia and Loch Lomond.
Now for a little bit of background on the Loch Lomond Group and their offerings. The Loch Lomond Group is an independent distiller and blender of some of the finest and rarest Scotch whiskies in the world. Established in 1814, the original Loch Lomond distillery offerings include both the Loch Lomond and Glen Scotia brands.
With a history dating back to the 1830s, Glen Scotia is one of just three remaining distilleries in Campbeltown; the coastal town recognised as one of the five distinct malt producing regions of Scotland. The Glen Scotia range is comprised of three refined award-winning single malt whiskies, including the Victoriana Single Malt, 15-Year-Old Single Malt and Double Cask Single Malt.
Set on the shores of Loch Lomond, as one may expect, the Loch Lomond Distillery is one of Scotland’s largest privately held distilleries. Moreover, it has the unique ability to self-sufficiently produce both Single Malt and Blended whisky such as High Commissioner. Little surprise then, that this one-of-a-kind producer was named Best Single Malt Scottish Whisky Distillery at the Berlin International Spirits Awards in 2017.
After taste testing the entire range from both Glen Scotia and Loch Lomond, I settled on the Loch Lomond Original Single Malt. Dark, warm leathery notes build upon the first impression, followed by a sweet, light malty presence. The sweet notes burst onto the palate giving it a near creamy texture. A rich nuttiness sets in mid-palate, followed by a hint of citrus. The citrus tapers off in the finish and makes way for a dark, sweet molasses close. All-round this is an absolute delight to drink