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Lochside 1981 TWA

Overall rating
90.10/100
votes
92
Whiskybase ID
WB130387
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
The Whisky Agency (TWA)
Vintage
1981
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
37 years old
Casktype
Butt
Strength
48.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
28 Apr 2019 9:37 am by Dirk
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 929.00

27 × in wishlist

92 × member ratings

62 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Lochside 1981 TWA

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.10 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2019] Another new release by The Whisky Agency and this is interesting stuff - because 1981 was not the best vintage year of Lochside but maybe things changed to the better if a cask withstood the test of 37 long years...

    ...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.
    • Nose
      88 88
      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).
    • Taste
      88 88
      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.
    • Finish
      87 87
      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.

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

    Reminiscent of Irish, overall not bad
    • Nose
      89 89
      Lots of green fruits, green apple, green banana, green papaya, little leafy, green house, honeydew, little austere, some herbs - really not bad
    • Taste
      90 90
      Little punchy, spicy, little sweetness, little herbal, more green fruits, little leafy, pepper, menthol, lime zest - pretty good
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium long, warm, spicy, zesty, more leafy, more menthol

  3. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Toffee, herbs, caramelised apples, mango, banana, raisin, cocoa, cinammon, menthol, very good

  4. ConvalRen scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. Astrid scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A little restrained on the nose, but very tasty all round with multifaceted fruit aromas.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Raisins and vanilla, set sherry with prunes and dates, sticky caramel, velvety oak, green pear, slightly oily-buttery and salty, orange, honey, cinnamon and clove, a touch of lavender and mashed potatoes, mango, banana, khaki, apricot
    • Taste
      89 89
      soft and fruity sweet with tingling spice, vanilla and toffee, oak wood and clove, apple liqueur and quince, orange and apricot, iron, delicate bitterness, salt, sandalwood, mango, raisins, butter, roasted almonds, brown sugar, forest honey, cinnamon, banana , Prunes and dates, sweetish barley malt, pepper accents
    • Finish
      90 90
      fruity with apple and apricot, orange and raisins, mango and dates, then comes dry oak with fine spice after cinnamon and cocoa powder, caramel, forest honey, oily and salty elements, almonds, iron, and finally juicy grapes and quinces with beeswax

  6. Whisky-Ex scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Lochside, rating average 91 points
    Tasting notes from an online tasting with 25 participants

    sweet grapefruit with some milk chocolate
    a hint of liquorice
    Very balanced nose of black currant and cognac
    Chocolate, apple?
    Spicy, hot, very slightly chocolatey
    Wood, a little sherry, stays in the mouth for a long time
    I find that complex
    Dates, Sugar icing slightly burned
    goes down warming with a delay, slightly malty, again chocolate, wood
    Cream, milk chocolate, sherry.
    peppery, slightly hot
    slightly dry finish
    very pleasant.
    with water, the finish is even more intense, slightly peppery, lingers
    I have a hint of viola in my taste
    For me nice dry sherry with overripe peach that has a burnt sugar crust
    now it becomes easily sharp
    definitely toasted notes in there
    I have no heat at all, do I have the right whisky?
    dry at the beginning, soft, then the fruit pops up, I mean it is peach
    without water for me, full-bodied, spicy
    If some wood becomes very pleasant when dry, now comes milk chocolate

  7. -sAxo- scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  8. Edinbeijing scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    A whisky that I found rather average when first tasting it, but grew fruitier and more complex as the bottle was allowed to open up over the course of a month or two. Originally would have only given this 89 or so, but with some time and air I think 92 is fair. Anyone who has tried and been disappointed by this, I recommend giving it a go with some more time in the glass or bottle!

  9. Teresa scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very nice Lochside that was given time in the glass at the recent Gathering. Beautiful nose and even more beautiful palate. Finish was short though.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

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