Lochlea First Release

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
1st Fill Bourbon & Pedro Ximénez Casks
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
12 Oct 2021 5:47 pm by kyle1989

Average value

€ 227.63

125 × in wishlist

98 × member ratings

861 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Lochlea First Release

31 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.55 points

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  2. erikz scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Nose: licorice, honey, peach, apricot, molasses, vanilla, hint of citrus and a bit astringent
    Palate: full bodied, yellow fruits, malty, vanilla and spices.
    Finish: peppery, warm, spicy bourbon notes, a bit of salt and quite long lasting. At the end a bit of yellow fruits reappear.

    Excellent stuff for a first release, it needs the 46%, I will certainly pick up another bottle of a subsequent release.

    Issue price in NL was 70€ for me. Don't pay anymore than around that amount, not worth to fill pockets of flippers, marketplace is already infested by them. Just wait for the next release and pay a normal amount of money.

  3. FernetBranco did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Official Tasting Notes:

    "For us, on the nose it is bursting with fresh orchard fruit and zesty orange, with vanilla fudge and a lovely cereal note in the background. The palette is rich and sweet with burnt caramel and hazelnuts with a medium mouth coating to finish while still holding on to that fruit."

    Issue Price January 2022: ~55,00 GBP

    (Source: https://www.royalmilewhiskies.com/lochlea-inaugural-single-malt-46-70cl/)

  4. Herrmo scored this whisky 69 points Member Senior

    terrible taste. Yes , the whisky is young , but there are many young bottlings on the market at the moment , some good ones , but this one is one of the really bad bottlings . can only get better .

  5. Sporx scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Light fruitiness, malty, sweetish, vanilla

    Sharpness, sweetish, more sharpness and almost boring, vanilla and caramel sweetness, a bit malty, spicy and sharpness again and again

    Short, watery, spicy, astringent

    It's nice and drinkable for starters, but this whisky doesn't feel "finished" nor do I understand the 90's reviews here.

  6. pianoman scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fresh, slightly fruity. Yellow apples, unripe grapes. Butter biscuits and a hint of vanilla. fantastic banana chips
    • Taste
      Creamy with a subtle spice. Pickled pears, some white pepper, milk coffee. Lemon cream. A touch of hazelnut.

  7. thijs100 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Very promising, the Lochlea First Release displays depth and intrigue, while also remaining approachable.
    • Nose
      A first impression that is highlighted by a pleasant maltiness, light floral touches and candy cane sweetness, as well as a sliver of vanilla custard, lemon zest and warm apple compote. Whiffs of chalk after a little while, with finally some sultanas and dried apricots.
    • Taste
      Soft spices, like a sprinkle of white pepper and some cloves. Immediately also some sweeter notes of caramel and cotton candy, followed by a tinge of aniseed and porridge, as well as walnut skins.
    • Finish
      Soft spices and lingering orchard fruits. Think ripe apples and pear skin. Medium in length.

  8. notesofmalt scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Lochlea First Release, 3 years, 46% alc. Original bottling (2022). Aging: Bourbon casks (First Fill from Maker's Mark) and sherry casks (Pedro Ximenez)

    Nose: Clear fruit aromas. Ripe banana and apple compote, juicy apricots and some malt sugar. In addition, very delicate caramel aromas and a hint of peach ice tea. After a little time, a fragrant flower meadow is added, all in all harmonious.

    Palate: Mirabelle plums and lime blossom honey, some malt and some vanilla. On the palate, the Lochlea now takes a less fruity but still sweet path. Although I taste peaches and apricots again, mineral and earthy aromas follow. Briefly I have to think of blackboard chalk, then dry oats. Also some salt and spices, including cloves and nutmeg.

    Finish: Rather short, a mixture of nose and palate, i.e. slightly spicy, malty and pleasantly fruity.

    Conclusion: The First Release is a three-year-old talent with a lot of potential. If Lochlea continues like this, we will probably be able to expect exciting and diverse bottlings. You shouldn't overestimate this young thing - but he already has the appropriate disposition. 82/100 points (2022)


  9. Archer scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Young, but not too young anymore. A promising start of the distillery, here you can stay tuned.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Fresh yeast dough, a cake base, malt, caramel and toffee. Apricots, orange marmalade, gummy bears. Slightly spicy. The nose does not hide its youthfulness, but is very inviting.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Spicy start. Peppered apricot chunks, almond butter, hazelnuts, toffee, vanilla and caramel. Tends a little less towards yeast and cake batter on the tongue, it may be the pepper that shows constant presence.
    • Finish
      81 81
      It rolls off the tongue quickly, but leaves a nice peppery note mixed with light fruits and marzipan.

  10. krtek911 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Very palatable when considering price / performance. Great whisky for long winter evenings.

    I'm looking forward to the next release, it's a delicious drink on the first release, but almost £ 300 for a second-hand bottle is a lot.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sweet notes, after a while, the smell is even more delicious.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Full bodied, malty. I tried without ice and with it. Both fit me well.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The end is long, has a bit of a bitterness taste. First sweet and then ending, as it should be ...


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