Review: Lohin McKinnon Chocolate Malt Single Malt Canadian Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

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Ex-bourbon and Sauternes wine casks
100% Malted Barley (85% pale malt, 15% chocolate malt)
Distiller Central City (Surrey, British Columbia)

This whisky is made from a portion of chocolate malt - heavily roasted malt which is used to create stouts and porters. As the chocolate malt imparts a rich dark character to the whisky, it was partially matured in the dessert wine Sauternes casks to create a rich, decadent almost dessert style whisky - however, I definitely would not characterize it as a sweet whisky, as far as sweeter styles of whisky go. As with their peated whisky, this was carefully distilled and "pushed" farther than typical to capture all of the roasted malt notes. 

Review (2018)

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  • Bottling Date: 2018

A very impressive nose. It has that characteristic root vegetable earthiness, but with a sweet white raisin like sweetness. Prunes, caramel, maple, toffee, The nose is one thing – the palate another. It is a fascinating single malt. It starts earthy and then a rich toasted malt wave rides into the nutty finish which features sesame, milk chocolate, raisin, and vanilla. Terrific! A winner, especially for lovers of roasted malt beers like stouts or porters – the characteristic really comes through. This is a classic!

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average. The best value of the Lohin Mckinnons, but that’s because it’s been my favourite to date. It’s almost in the high category for value, since I quite like it, but it isn’t quite there. This is a unique malt, so if you like those, it’s worth seeking out!