Our Tuesday tipple for Day 11 of 25 Days of Drams is a lovely wine cask influenced whisky from Loch Lomond Whiskies and it is their Inchmurrin Madeira Wood Finish.
(not up to speed on 25 Days of Drams? Catch up with our introduction and days 1-10 here - not only can you win all 25 whiskies, you can help us make an amazing calendar for you for 2019 by answering our survey)
Here's the low down on this lovely drop from Loch Lomond:
Recap: For each day of the 25 (we're Christmas day drammers here at the Dram Team), I'm going to give a few brief reasons I think each dram is worth your time and attention - which are the same reasons I picked each one to be in our boxes in the first place. And, we're giving away the full set of drams:
Reasons why Chris recommends this whisky:
Reason 1 - Because wine cask-influenced whiskies are well worth exploring. They can add a huge variety of additional flavour notes to a whisky, and according to Loch Lomond Whiskies themselves, the Madeira cask finish in this instance "enhances the orchard fruit character of peach and pear with marzipan and nutmeg and gives a dry nuttiness to the long, oak finish." What's not to like?!
Reason 2 - Loch Lomond distillery is like the Willy Wonka's chocolate factory of the Scotch whisky world. It was 4 different stills (1 type is normal - a swan neck pot still) and can combine the various new make spirits they produce into a fascinating range of different styles. Inchmurrin is actually the most simple of the lot, being as it is only unpeated spirit from their straight neck pot stills.