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Lochside 1981 WD

Overall rating
89.75/100
votes
104
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Whisky-Doris (WD)
Vintage
11.05.1981
Bottled
12.10.2010
Stated Age
29 years old
Casktype
Fino Sherry Butt
Casknumber
960
Number of bottles
403
Strength
58.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
20 Jan 2011 5:36 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 550,00

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Tastingtags

7 Notes

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
22 Apr 2017 9:59 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 89 points

[April, 2017]  I bought bottle no. 24 for 140 Euro in January, 2011 and this is my last saved sample.  So I will do another head-to-head tonight, this fino sherry matured Lochside versus a bourbon cask of the same vintage and (almost) same age https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/27641/lochside-1981-ca.  Who will win? Not too sure about it...

Colour:  Now that is surprising, the bourbon is old gold and the sherry one shade paler.

Texture:  The bourbon has many late small tears with just a few legs and the fino fast thin legs and a few very late fat tears.

Nose:  The bourbon is...all about bourbon, not joking.  It reminds me of the nose of a typical old US bourbon whiskey (wood, vanilla, some fruits - in exactly that order).  The fino bottling needs more time to open up (of course) but offers then...again no joke - mainly fine wine aromas with some fruits and wood (ordered by dominance again).  The bourbon is more punchy while the sherry is more delicate, hard to decide which one is better.  But finally I see a slight advantage of the more complex and balanced fino profile. 

Arrival:  The fino comes smooth but not coating at all, rather adstringent (cardboardy).  The bourbon is nicer first, but a little hot and peppery.  And after a while it gets adstringent too (metallic, not copper rather zinc).  Both are not really convincing, I go for a draw.

Body:  The bourbon offers a quite nice mix of sugary (demara) and malty flavours in a firm wooden structure, better balanced than in the nose.  Some hints of fruits and spices too.  The sherry's profile is not very sherried, rather malty and on dark chocolate.  But nicely creamy.  Later hints of fruits and ginger.  As I miss the sherry aromas in the sherried one I give this round to the bourbon.

Finish:  Both quite long and creamy.  The bourbon gets a little more woody but not unpleasantly, rather enjoyable.  Same with the sherry, but it is more complex and layered than the bourbon.  So this round is for the fino.

Water:  The bourbon is a good swimmer, the nose opens up very nicely and the palate gets more complex too.  I like it that way better.  The fino looses a bit in the nose but gets smoother and more rich on both the palate and the finish.  So again better with some water added.

Both are very enjoyable drams of this fine distillery, but to be honest I had better Lochside in the past (hey, with more than thousand whiskies tasted over the last three decades that is no message at all!)...

PS:  Just to give a hint what I mean with an exceptional Lochside https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/1518/lochside-1966-jw

Weighted Rate
88.5
Nose
89
Initial taste
87
Body
89
Finish
89
Price
87
Presentation
90
There is no accounting for taste...
ThS
Expert Senior ThS Note
11 Mar 2017 7:47 pm
ThS gave this whisky 88 points

Nez malté et herbacé, avec des notes de fruits jaunes (poire, pêche jaune) et des effluves discrets d'agrumes. Café au lait. Bouche grasse, alcool bien intégré, dans le même registre. Finale moyenne.

Carsten
Expert Senior Carsten Note
13 Mar 2016 9:51 am
Carsten gave this whisky 88 points

Farbe: Bernstein

Nase: gelbe Pflaumen, Bitterschokolade, Salznoten, Malz

Körper: ölig

Mund: geschmeidig, Alk. spürbar, Bitterschokolade, Ingwer, Malz

Abgang: lang, mild, wärmend, salzig, Holznoten

Fazit: 87,5P, perfekt ausgereift, super spannend

Tom na Gruagaich
Expert Senior Tom na Gruagaich Tasting note
12 Mar 2016 12:58 am
Tom na Gruagaich gave this whisky 85 points
Color
Deep copper
Nose

Spannend. Salzig, ledrig, Bitterschokolade. Eine dezente Fruchtigkeit ist dabei, aber der Whisky bleibt auf den herben Aromen stehe. Leinsamenöl kann ich noch erkennen. Mit Wasser geht er ein wenig auf, die Eiche wird etwas lauter. Ich finde vor allem die Art der Eiche schön, trocken, herb.

Taste

Zuerst erstaunlich, dass er gewisse Ähnlichkeiten zu den anderen Lochsides aufweist. Dann aber viel Bitterschokolade, aber auch etwas Nougat. Unverdünnt etwas alkoholisch. Mit Wasser dann Ingwer und einiges an Eiche, Walnüsse.

Finish

herb, trocken, Holznoten, adstringirend, Leder, aber dennoch eine leichte Furchtigkeit im Hintergrund (unreife Banane), die den Whisky in Balance hält.

Comments

Unglaublich viel zu entdecken. Aber der Whisky ist kein leichter. Die herben Aromen spielen Ping Pong mit dem Gaumen. Ich finde ihn spannend, aber komme nicht gänzlich mit ihm klar.

Michael
Toffie76
Expert Senior Toffie76 Tasting note
29 Mar 2014 11:42 pm
Toffie76 gave this whisky 92 points
Color
Deep copper
Nose

Sherry! Résineux, sève de sapin, amandes, raisins, cake, fruits confits, pain d'épices cannelle. Bref, pâtissier , quoi. Très céréalier, malté. Vanille. Et par là, je veux dire beaucoup de vanille. Huile essentielle de vanille, vanille bourbon, vanille de synthèse , sucre glace. Une trace de fumée , du fenouil ou quelque chose qui s'approche de l'anis. Un beau côté floral. De la réglisse. Quel nez complexe! Une petite merveille.

Taste

La bouche suit le nez. Je dois bien avouer que je suis perdu par tant d'arômes. C'est explosif, beaucoup de fruits. Parallèlement , le nez continue d'évoluer de sorte que l'on se noie presque dedans. Très, mais alors très catchy. Le dram démarre en trombe sur un mélange équilibré de fruits et d'épices . Du poivre blanc, voire du piment d'Espelette. Le tout avec une touche abricot-vanille. Un peu de poudré cacao-lait de coco. Le nez laisse maintenant plus de place au végétal, de la sève , de la chlorophylle. C'est frais.

Finish

Sucre glace, une pointe d'amertume . Un fade out malté. Glaçage vanille. Propre, long et de toute beauté.

Comments

Magnifique!

Bishlouk
Connoisseur Bishlouk Tasting note
28 Mar 2014 12:15 pm
Bishlouk gave this whisky 93 points
Color
Burnished
Nose

Petit Beurre, frangipane, sucre glace. C'est hyper gourmand !
Les céréales sont bien présentes. Extrait de vanille. Pâtisserie à l'état brut.
Nez ensorcelant, je n'arrive pas à m'en décoller ! Et il ne s'efface pas d'un iota, il perdure !
Cannelle. Un poil de résine coulante et un soupçon discret de réglisse.

Taste

J'ai du mal à passer à la bouche, tellement je n'arrive pas à décoller mon nez du verre ! Mais il faut néanmoins y aller...
Hmmm, les frissons sont là !
Tout sur la pâtisserie vanillée et amandée. Mais aucune envie de décortiquer le truc: je profite seulement et pleinement.

Finish

Finale ultra longue, ça colle en bouche des dizaines de minutes. Le pied.

Comments

Encore !
Parfumez votre femme avec ce Lochside, et vous resterez votre nez collé à elle ;-)

Medea
Expert Senior Medea Review note
24 Jul 2011 3:34 pm
Medea gave this whisky 90 points

Farbe: Bernstein
Nase: Kräutrig-würzig, maritim, Alk, dahinter dann die Früchte
Gaumen: kräftig malzig, frisch, leichtes brennen auf der Zunge, sofort kommen immense exotische Fruchtnoten Guave, etc. dazu, sehr cremig.
Mit Wasser kommen dann noch kräutrig dunkle Beeren (Heidelbeere) Aromen zu Tage.
Sehr potent, komplex und lang

Weighted Rate
90.2
Nose
89
Initial taste
90
Body
92
Finish
90
Price
90
Presentation
90

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