Monday, September 28, 2009

The Odd Angry Dram: Loch Lomond Single Malt

Well here is a story to tell. As you would have recalled my experience of the Loch Lomond (no age) Single Malt was less than favorable to say the least. The single malt was dram angry and not the spirit to consume.
After writing the review I took the Loch Lomond over to the father-in-laws to get a second opinion. His final word on the subject was "Don't ever offer that to me again."
You may also recall my comments about the fact the bottle was filled to the cork and it had a strange aroma once opened. In the following days the cork proceeded to become extremely spongy and start to fall apart while turning a pale slime green.
Later in the week I took the bottle back to the shop (Dan Murphys) to see if I could get an exchange. Lucky for me the chap that server did in fact know something about single malt whisky and was very helpful. By the time I had taken it to the shop big chunks of cork could now be seen floating around the neck. The shop was quick to help and exchanged the bottle. I asked if I could open the new bottle there and then to see what the outcome was. Not to my amazement, I was met with the same strange dead rodent aroma and shudder. Not immediately convinced I was completely right I checked the cork and it too had a slight greeny slime to it + the bottle was filled to the cork. I then ran my finger over the cork and it was spongy with small chunks just falling off.
In the end I simply gave the 2nd bottle back and exchanged it for a completely different brand of scotch (that review to come). Dan Murphys had said that the manager noting the issue and sending an email to the distributor about the issue which is great but they did not pull the bottle from the shelf and a week later they are still there.
At this time I am standing by my review simply because I have nothing else to mark it by. It is yet to be seen if the corruption of the corks has influenced the contents but for me this is the first time I have encountered this rarely spoken of occurrence.
The Baron