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Overall rating
89.76/100
votes
117
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 5:31 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 550,00

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Whisky Reviews for Lochside 1981 WD

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.76 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [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 whisky (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
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Nice, quite typical Lochside. Powerful, fruity and spicy with a good punch.
    Swims pretty well and gets rounder, more civilized, but also loses a bit of its rich fruitiness.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Immediately, the typical Lochside fruit is there: passion fruit, papaya, guava, apricot jam. Cotton candy, blackcurrant and blackberry leaves. Leather and a hint of undergrowth.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Sweet-full start with the rich, fresh and slightly sour tropical fruit from the nose. Concentrated and powerful. White pepper, cinnamon, cloves. Fed up, to chew.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Again, full, round, tropical fruit, intense. Will be dry, but not bitter. Finally some herbs and some spicy soap. Warms up for a long time.

  3. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. ThS scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Malty and herbaceous nose, with notes of yellow fruits (pear, yellow peach) and discrete scents of citrus fruits. Coffee with milk. Fat mouth, well integrated alcohol, in the same register. Average final.

  5. Carsten scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Color: amber Nose: yellow plums, dark chocolate, salt notes, malt Body: oily Mouth: supple, Alc. Noticeable, dark chocolate, ginger, malt Finish: long, mild, warming, salty, woody notes Conclusion: 87.5P, perfectly mature, super exciting

  6. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Unbelievably much to discover. But the whisky is no easier. The tart aromas play ping pong with the palate. I find it exciting, but I'm not completely clear with him.
    • Nose
      Exciting. Salty, leathery, dark chocolate. A subtle fruitiness is there, but the whisky remains on the harsh aromas stand. I can still recognize linseed oil. He gets up a little bit with water, the oak gets louder. Above all, I find the type of oak beautiful, dry, dry.
    • Taste
      First amazing that he has some similarities to the other Lochsides. But then a lot of dark chocolate, but also some nougat. Undiluted slightly alcoholic. With water then ginger and some oak, walnuts.
    • Finish
      Tart, dry, woody notes, astringent, leather, but still a slight fear in the background (unripe banana), which keeps the whisky in balance.

  7. Toffie76 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Magnificent!
    • Nose
      Sherry! Softwoods, fir sap, almonds, grapes, cake, candied fruit, cinnamon gingerbread. In short, pastry chef, what? Very cereal, malty. Vanilla. And by that, I mean a lot of vanilla. Vanilla essential oil, vanilla bourbon, synthetic vanilla, icing sugar. A trace of smoke, fennel or something that approaches the anise. A beautiful floral side. Liquorice What a complex nose! A little wonder.
    • Taste
      The mouth follows the nose. I must admit that I am lost by so many aromas. It's explosive, a lot of fruit. At the same time, the nose continues to evolve so that one almost drowns in it. Very, but then very catchy. The dram starts off with a balanced mix of fruits and spices. White pepper, even Espelette pepper. All with an apricot-vanilla touch. A little powder cocoa-coconut milk. The nose now leaves more room for plants, sap, chlorophyll. It's fresh.
    • Finish
      Ice sugar, a hint of bitterness. A fade out malty. Vanilla icing. Clean, long and beautiful.

  8. Bishlouk scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Again !
    Perfume your wife with this Lochside, and you will stay your nose stuck to it ;-)
    • Nose
      Small butter, frangipane, icing sugar. It's super greedy!
      Cereals are present. Vanilla extract. Pastry in the raw state.
      Bewitching nose, I can not get away! And it does not fade away one iota, it lasts!
      Cinnamon. A flowing resin hair and a discreet hint of liquorice.
    • Taste
      I have a hard time mouthing, so I can not take my nose off the glass! But you have to go ...
      Hmmm, the shivers are here!
      All about vanilla and almond pastry. But no desire to dissect the thing: I only enjoy and fully.
    • Finish
      Finale ultra long, it sticks in the mouth tens of minutes. Foot.

  9. Medea scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Color: amber
    Nose: herbaceous-spicy, maritime, alc, then behind the fruits
    Palate: strong malty, fresh, light burning on the tongue, immediately come to immense exotic fruit notes guava, etc., very creamy.
    With water then come kräutrig dark berries (blueberry) flavors to light.
    Very potent, complex and long
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

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