Lohin McKinnon Peated Single Malt Whisky

by | Oct 7, 2019 | BC Spirits

 Scoring 95.5 points in the world-renowned Jim Murray Whisky Bible is rare, even for old-world whiskies. Most don’t score more than 90 points, but Lohin McKinnon broke with tradition and earned the Liquid Gold Award for 2019 for their peated single malt whisky

We wanted to see what all the fuss is about, plus they sent us a bottle, so we slowly sipped on this Scottish-style locally crafted single malt to see if we agree with Mr. Murray. 

Lohin Mckinnon is an offshoot of Central City Brewing, which is well known in the beer world. In the past few years, they have been expanding their products to include a lineup of liquors, like rum and gin, and ready-to-drink canned cocktails. They released their first single malt whisky under the Lohin McKinnon brand in 2017 as a collaboration between Head Brewmaster Gary Lohin and Scottish-turned-Canadian distiller Stuart McKinnon.

A few months back we gave Lohin McKinnon’s single malt whisky a whirl and enjoyed its light and crisp style. The peated version runs along the same vein, but with the addition of Scottish peat to layer the flavours.

It’s not a whisky that hits you in the face with strong flavours of bonfire or heavy caramel. It’s more reserved and approachable for those looking for a easy sipping experience – a breakfast whisky if you will. The aroma is smokey yet delicate with a hint of acidity and sweet honey. The smoke rolls on the tongue and transforms in herbaceous and woody flavours with a hint of citrus and more honey. 

Jim Murray used the word ‘classy’ to describe this whisky and his word choice makes sense. It’s refined and interesting enough to keep you wanting a little more…and a little more after that…and maybe just a wee dram after that…

Try it in a locally inspired Rob Roy

2 oz. Lohin McKinnon Peated Single Malt Whisky

1 oz sweet vermouth (try Odd Society’s Bittersweet Vermouth

3 or 4 dashes of aromatic bitters (try the Kensington from Bittered Sling)

Garnish with a lemon twist or cherry

* Thanks Monique from L’Abattoir for the recommendation!


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Excellent work. Well done you. Bravo.

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