Earlier this year , Loch Lomond signed a five year deal to become the main sponsors for the Scottish Open Golf Championship. Expect them to make it worth their while.
Loch Lomond The Open Special Edition  Ob. 46% WB73.50
This NAS ‘Open’ release is a hybrid-styled whisky utilising Loch Lomond’s unique & favoured Chardonnay yeast & four different distillate types. Containing whisky aged between 8-12yo, though no age is stated, it’s around 11 years of age in the main. Fair play!
- N/T/F: A somewhat overwhelming dram for my first of the day. There’s lots here including direct PX and the Chardonnay yeastiness. Whilst other general notes speak of fruity/malty/squidgy fudge and soft oak, it’s distillate driven.
- C: I can imagine this having wide appeal.
Scores 82 points
Loch Lomond 1999/ 18yo Ob. The Open – The Autograph Edition: Paul Lawrie 50.8% WB0
For each of their five [Golf Open] sponsorship years, Loch Lomond’s master blender Michael Henry will be collaborating with a golfer for unique annual releases. This first Autograph Edition is a collaborative effort between Henry & golfer Paul Lawrie.
- N: That’s the ticket, 18 years of maturation providing all sorts of oiliness as well as a distinct Irishness. Some peat too?
- T: With a firm and deliberate direction, this is a decently aged straight-talker.
- F: Long and true. More indications of some peat, or charring perhaps.
- C: Mannochmore meets Caol Ila? Perhaps not a beginners malt but a fine start for the Autograph series.
Scores 86 points
- Officially established in 1824, the Miltonduff distillery is currently owned by Chivas Brothers [Pernod Ricard].
- Miltonduff currently produces 5.9 mlpa, virtually all of which goes to form the heart of Ballantine’s blended Scotch.
- Mosstowie refers to spirit [& subsequent whisky], that was produced at Miltonduff in a pair of Lomond stills that operated between 1964 & 1981.
- With rare exceptions, single malt expressions of Miltonduff are to be found with the independent bottlers.
Miltonduff 1995 23yo HL OMC #15138 50%
Seldom do we see the big boys offering anything with this kind of provenance at their shiny stands. Trust the independents to be treating us.
- N: Wonderfully aged action.
- T: Floral and woody, in a good way.
- F: Unfortunately turns slightly funny, into waxy hairspray no less.
- C: Good stuff, but then that finish.
[Scores 86 for the good bits].
Miltonduff 1981/2018 36yo Adelphi cask #5069 [138 bts] 51.8% WB0
Like BBR, Adelphi’s Half-time Orange was nothing short of spectacular – on paper at the very least.
- N: Malty oils, sweet fungal, Shreddies and honeyed bung cloth.
- T: Arrives as expected with a sweet>sour movement. There’s more honey, a touch more fungal and some sour lemon.
- F: True.
- C: Nothing less than ideal, a classic perfectly aged malt I could spend hours with. My favourite at the Fringe.
Scores 92 points