Grass en Masse

Loch Lomond Organic 17y

Reviewed by victor


From a sample, don't know much about what to expect. The simple idea behind the "organic" is that the barley is ecologically produced. I don't know how much of an effect that statement has on whisky drinkers' wallets, but I do know that the hefty 54.% ABV might speak to a lot of us. Age statement, cask strength, distillery bottling, no color or chill filtration. Sounds good to me!

0.6 (Old Gold)

Nose

The first thing that hits me is a realization that I haven't been finding a lot of grassy notes in noses in general before, because this is very clearly grassy. Lawn clippings and some dry hay hints. Beside that, lots of fresh fruit. Predominantly apples. Honey and vanilla. No alcohol burn to speak of.

Palate

Thick, with tons of fruitiness. Apricots and chili peppers. Not exactly oaky, but spicy nonetheless. It seems like the high strength manifests itself as spice and a big, warm entry rather than pure burn, which is a pleasant thing. Some nuttiness and hints of earth.

Finish

Apricots and chili peppers. The finish is a bit simpler than the fairly complex palate, but serves as a nice and natural extension in line with the initial experience. Not very long, sadly, and I'd say that it's lacking the classical big and sometimes growing aftertaste that whiskies of this strength often have.

Something different for sure. I'm not coming up with anything quite similar to this, and it's a fun whisky to try. As with many whiskies, the finish sadly fails to tie the whole thing together, and it kind of leaves with a slight letdown. Not a super big fan of the grassy nose, but the palate is great. To summarize, a good whisky which also seems to have a very reasonable price for what you're getting.

Score

74 / 100
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