Loch Lomond Distillery has added two new expressions to its Island Collection – Inchmoan 12 Year Old and Inchmoan 1992 Vintage.
Inchmoan whisky is a heavily peated version of Inchmurrin, also made at Loch Lomond
The two new single malts, which are produced at the Loch Lomond distillery in Alexandria, will sit alongside Inchmurrin – also made at the same distillery – in the Island Collection.
Inchmoan is a heavily peated style of whisky made on Loch Lomond’s traditional swan neck pot stills, and on unconventional straight-neck stills.
Inchmoan 12 Year Old has been matured in re-charred American oak and refill American oak casks, and bottled at 46% abv without chill filtration.
Inchmoan Vintage 1992, meanwhile, has been matured for 25 years in refill American oak casks and bottled at 48.6% abv, also without chill filtration.
The whisky style takes its name from one of the islands in nearby Loch Lomond, which has historically been a source of peat for surrounding communities.
Part of a group of low-lying islands north of the larger Inchmurrin, Inchmoan literally translates from Scottish Gaelic as ‘the island of the peat’.
Michael Henry, master blender at Loch Lomond distillery, said: ‘Our intriguing new Inchmoan expressions have been created to celebrate the history and heritage of the island and are the first heavily peated releases in the Loch Lomond Whiskies range.
‘I have selected three different spirits, each bringing a unique peat characteristic, whether that’s spicy, medicinal peat or smoky peat, to the Inchmoan 12 Year Old. This combination creates a balanced, complex peat character highlighting some of the softer, spicier peat notes often masked by heavier peat flavours.’
Inchmoan 12 Year Old will be available for about £44 per bottle, while Inchmoan 1992 has a retail price of £199.
Both expressions are currently available in the UK from specialist whisky retailers, and will be rolled out to global markets over the next few months.
Like Inchmurrin and Inchfad, Inchmoan takes its name from an island on Loch Lomond, and is essentially a heavily peated version of Loch Lomond distillery’s Inchmurrin single malt.
It is produced using Inchmurrin’s unusual stills – pot stills with rectifying plates in their necks – and has a character that combines light fruitiness and peat.
Releases have been intermittent and small-scale, but Inchmoan has recently been given a new lease of life as part of the Loch Lomond Island Collection. The single malt is now available as a 12-year-old matured in re-charred American oak and refill Bourbon casks, as well as a 1992 Vintage distilled exclusively in Loch Lomond’s straight neck pot stills.
Since Loch Lomond distillery began operations in 1966, the plant has earned a reputation for being the most versatile and multi-functional in Scotland.
Additional stills of various shapes and sizes have been installed in the intervening period, including the twin pot stills with rectifying heads that produce Loch Lomond’s Inchmurrin and Inchmoan single malts.
Initial releases were infrequent and small in terms of volume, with bottlings appearing in the mid-2000s of varying (but generally quite youthful) ages, typically under the group’s Distillery Select label.
In 2014, Loch Lomond was acquired by businessman Colin Matthews, with the financial backing of Exponent Private Equity. Three years later, the company announced plans for a new Loch Lomond Island Collection range of single malts, including Inchmurrin, Inchmoan and Inchfad. Initial releases of Inchmoan include a 12-year-old and a 1992 Vintage.
LOCH LOMOND DISTILLERY COMPANY
Loch Lomond Distillery Company was originally established in the 1990s by Sandy Bulloch of Glen Catrine Bonded Whisky to amalgamate the group’s wine and spirits businesses. It was later sold onto a group of private investors – whose diverse portfolio includes Quorn Foods, Racing Post and Big Bus Tours – and currently operates out of Alexandria.
The Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse Ltd established Loch Lomond Distillery Company in 1993 to consolidate its wine and spirit wholesale business, Inland Fisheries Ltd, with Loch Lomond Distillers, which operated an eponymous distillery in Alexandria.
The following year Glen Catrine acquired Glen Scotia and Littlemill distilleries through its purchase of Gibson International, although the latter distillery was closed and sold to a developer soon after.
In 2014 businessman Colin Matthews, backed by serial investor Exponent Private Equity, acquired Loch Lomond Distillery Company in a deal thought to be worth tens of millions of pounds. The business came complete with the Loch Lomond and Glen Scotia distilleries, remaining Littlemill whisky stocks, the Glen Catrine bottling operation in Mauchline plus the High Commissioner blended Scotch and Glen’s vodka brands.
The Loch Lomond Distillery Company now sits within the wider Loch Lomond Group as a non-trading subsidiary. The company’s main business, including the operation of Glen Scotia and Loch Lomond distilleries, is run by Loch Lomond Distillers, a subsidiary of Loch Lomond Distillery Company.