Some while ago we touched briefly on the incredible variation that the Loch Lomond Distillery is able to offer with their three types of stills. And while we may be acquainted with the distillery by now, Spearhead Single Grain Scotch Whisky didn’t ring a bell, until we received this package…
The package contained this bottle which at first glance looked like a bottle of bourbon, but this wasn’t the case! Spearhead is a single grain whisky, made of 100% malted barley. But doesn’t that just make it a single malt then? No, the use of a Coffey column still prevents it from bearing that label. The other interesting facts about this whisky, are the long (92 hours) fermentation, and after the initial maturation in bourbon barrels, it underwent a final treatment in both traditionally toasted as infrared toasted virgin oak barrels for six months.
The result is a very smooth and buttery whisky, filled with notes of vanilla and orchard fruits and some surprises in the finish. It’s bottled at 43% ABV and it has no age statement:
Green soap, vanilla and rice pie. A wood workshop with metal and glue. A nice hint of fresh linen to lure you into taking a sip.
Smooth, buttery and grassy. With popcorn, flowers, rice and bread.
The finish has some candle wax, vanilla and apples, but has some metallic hints too. It resembles red meat, or tuna on bread. But all in a very elegant way.
A very interesting whisky. It’s young and has single grain on the label, but don’t let that scare you off. It’s perfect as a summer sipper or spicing up your cocktails!