...but unfortunately, it did not. This is the typical 1981 Lochside profile that is rather simple and less interesting to explore but it is quaffable, no doubt. Given its high price point this is rather a collector's item.
The colour is old gold and the nose offers exactly that profile which I remember from other 1981 Lochside bottlings - with lots of buttery-toffee aromas that drive this nose somewhat out of balance. Do not get me wrong, this is nice to sniff - but it clearly lacks aromas-of-interest according to my olfactory cells. The wood is significant but not dominating and in a blind setting I would have guessed a dram not older than 20 years (because of the missing complexity).
The taste is rather simple too, but on delicious chocolatey, toffee and spicy wooden flavours. It is not really layered but easy quaffable (if a dram at this price point can be easy quaffable at all). Water releases aromas of machine oils and strengthens the anyhow dominating buttery notes while the taste turns more vanilla-toffee alike. I like the neat dram better.
The initial mouthfeel is warming and a little coating without distracting moments. The finish is medium to long and turns more spicy (peppers, ginger and the like) without distracting bitter or drying feelings. Towards the end the chocolatey flavours grow stronger again.