Loch Lomond has long been known as one of Scotland’s most versatile distilleries, with the ability to produce a range of different styles and spirits. Both malt and grain whisky can be made at the distillery, which sits close to the shore of one of Scotland’s most famous Lochs. This is a bottling that demonstrates precisely the dexterity of this distillery. For a long time this was bottled as “Loch Lomond Single Blend” as both the grain the malt whisky used came from the one distillery. Its unclear if this if the blend continues to be strictly from the one distillery, but certainly you can be sure a high proportion comes from Loch Lomond’s own stills. At this price-point, this is an extremely high quality product. This whisky’s nose serves up exquisite balance: with the malt and grain elements working in perfect tandem to create aromas of earthy toffee and sweet vanilla. The palate is buttery and approachable, with complexity that opens up after a while – apples and pears, a little oaky vanilla and rich caramel flavours. The finish is short and sweet with a good dose of woodspice. This blend picked up a gold medal in the 2016 San Francisco Spirits competition and a Silver in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Wine and Spirits competition of 2015. Ridiculous value for money.