- 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
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Whisky Reviews for Lochside 1981 CA
22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.99 points
- Best Lochside so far! Exceptional.
- [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
- 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
- Complex and interesting
Green fruits, leafy notes, nutty, spices, cloves, meaty, beef stock, oak wood, cocoa - very good
Oily, creamy, subtle sweetness, espresso, more cocoa, dark chocolate, beef bouillon, sherry wood, spices, pepper, nutmeg - great
Long, warm, woody, zesty, little herbal too
- Fruit bomb! Banana and other exotic fruits Delicious
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the aftertaste fresh green oak. Long-lasting.
- If I taste this blind I say it's a Littlemill.
Fruity and spicy: banana, mango, coconut, kiwi and grapfruit, avocado and guacamole, tobacco, herbals, technocol rapid glue, varnished wood and some grainy notes
Creamy, fruity, spicy: banana shake, strawberry and apricots, coconut, pepper and ginger
Long, creamy and fruity