Overall rating
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Closed Distilleries
Stated Age
30 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
54.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
29 Nov 2011 7:30 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 586,67

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116 × member ratings

95 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Lochside 1981 CA

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.99 points

  1. gunnie76 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Best Lochside so far! Exceptional.

  2. dRambo scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2017]  Another head-to-head tonight, this bourbon cask matured Lochside versus a fino sherried of the same vintage and (almost) same age https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/20318/lochside-1981-wd.  Who will win? Not too sure about it...Colour:  Now that is surprising, the bourbon is old gold and the sherry one shade lighter.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
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. yapi scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    Lochside 30y 1981/2011, 54.9%, Cadenhead's 'Closed Distilleries', bourbon hogshead, 246 bottles
    The nose shows itself as fruity as I expected. And 'rather' is a strong understatement here. Certainly with some time to give this is a real fruit bomb. Especially sweet fruit carries the forcing. A lot of pineapple, mandarin, pink grapefruit, some banana, mango, passion fruit, ripe melons, kiwi, papaya ... wow! Citrus and tropical species at its best. Through this fruit crop I smell scent, vanilla and butter, things that make it even more delicious. Hay and heather give it depth. Oak is present, but moderate. And you know what, with a little water it becomes even more fruity. On the taste of the same sheet of pants. Fruit, fruit and vegetables. All sorts of tropical fruit, peaches, pears, pink grapefruit, mandarin ... The waxyness does not differ and the hay keeps doing its thing. I do have more herbs. Pepper, ginger, nutmeg. Stimulating and tingling mouthfeel. Sixty also. Pretty long finish, fruit and spices in perfect harmony. Okay, this is legendary whisky. The hope of getting another bottle I will store with this one. 93/100
    Johan, Uncut

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Moderator

    Complex and interesting
    • Nose
      91 91
      Green fruits, leafy notes, nutty, spices, cloves, meaty, beef stock, oak wood, cocoa - very good
    • Taste
      92 92
      Oily, creamy, subtle sweetness, espresso, more cocoa, dark chocolate, beef bouillon, sherry wood, spices, pepper, nutmeg - great
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, warm, woody, zesty, little herbal too

  6. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Fruit bomb! Banana and other exotic fruits Delicious

  7. Gaija scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Absolute dream-stuff. These 1981 Lochsides carry a very high reputation, and if you're wondering why, one sniff of this will give you all needed answers.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Splendid, absolutely splendid. Similar to some Teeling 21 Silver Label, this is an explosion of pink, ripe vineyard peach, but with tremendous elegance. Pomgrenate, watermelon. Lacquered exotic woods of the highest order, never dominant though. Candy apple, but no excessive sugar. One fresh rose and the bees hanging around (I know, I know ...). Fresh raspberries. Well, those words are actually superfluous.
    • Taste
      92 92
      The alcohol is well present but not overpowering. It rapidly transitions to peaches and raspberries again, still with a beehive-y side. While it doesn't immediately feel like being on the same level as the nose, this reveals with time, layer upon layer, finishing on high end black tea, peach nectar again, beeswax, all in a sublime composition. Still, the nose is slightly above the palate.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Peaches again, with black tea (ever tasted May Tea's peach-flavoured ice tea ?). The peach never stops "mutating" so as to stay on the front row. Hints of raspberry, watermelon again, maybe incense. Slightly drying but never astringent.

  8. gango4 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      A cool tingling sensation of alcohol in the nose, very sweet with honey and vanilla, after bright fruits like bananas, cherries and peach. More exotic fruits. With heat come more nuts and honey, the fruits disappear again something. With water, this trend continues. The alcoholic tingling disappears increasingly.
    • Taste
      Without water strong burning on the tongue. The vanilla is also very fruity for this. Honey disappearing. Not oily. Quite, very careful tones of the oak.
    • Finish
      In the aftertaste fresh green oak. Long-lasting.

  9. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. ctu scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    If I taste this blind I say it's a Littlemill.
    • Nose
      Fruity and spicy: banana, mango, coconut, kiwi and grapfruit, avocado and guacamole, tobacco, herbals, technocol rapid glue, varnished wood and some grainy notes
    • Taste
      Creamy, fruity, spicy: banana shake, strawberry and apricots, coconut, pepper and ginger
    • Finish
      Long, creamy and fruity


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