Inchmoan 12 Year Old is a peated expression from the Loch Lomond stills. The spirit is a combination of 3 styles, all peated. Two of them are produced in the straight neck still and the third one in traditional pot stills. Different styles of peat are used.
Inchmoan 12 yo (46%, OB 2017)
Nose: very earthy and muscular, with germolene and vegetal touches. Slightly dirty. Warm leather. Moss. Roasted peanuts and burnt cake. Old ashtrays.
Mouth: roasted nuts and sweet ashy peat, definitely in a mainland style without medicinal touches. Fairly creamy but with an underlying black pepper theme. Coffee and milk chocolate. Spicy notes and a hint of tobacco towards the end.
Finish: fairly long, ashy, with the same coffee / cocoa theme and gentle spices.
This is a good example of an ashy peated style. Still somehow this feels less unique, less necessary than the Inchmurrin / Loch Lomond style, both of which made a bigger impression on me. Around € 50.