Overall rating
Single Malt
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Mandarins In A Well Seasoned Roasting Tin
Stated Age
20 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
61.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
06 Nov 2013 10:18 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 62,00

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Whisky Reviews for Lochside 1981 SMWS 92.9

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 94.33 points

  1. thomas_ottzen scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    Simply the best whisky I've had untill now. So balanced. The 61,2 % was completely incorporated into the whisky - it felt like the smoothest, gentle, 43%'er you could imagine...
    • Nose
      93 93
      Sherry and a mild and rounded scent of roasted coffee or maybe sligthly burned caramel.
    • Taste
      97 97
      It's wonderful. Perfect even. I almost didn't want to empty the glass.

      Sherry, mandarin, caramel, cream - insane flavours! Perfectly balanced.
    • Finish
      95 95
      Long - it left my mouth running and almost foaming.

  2. dramspotter did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS Tasting Notes: The distillery was originally a brewery in Montrose and began to make whisky ony when it was bought by the redoubtable Joseph Hobbs in 1957, making both grain and malt whisky. In 1973 it was sold to a Spanish company who mothballed it in the mid-80's, decommissioned it in 1992 and sadly demolished much of it last year. This has come from Spanish oak and has a gorgeous mahogany colour. The nose is of prune or fig juice to start with, fading into walnut oil and coffee grounds with an unexpected prickle for its venerable age. Water betrays the cask origin with a blast of burnt pork crackling, well-used roasting tins and surprisingly, tinned mandarins. The flavour reminded us of the dregs of black coffee, with crystalline brown sugar in them: it has a fruity-oily finish and an aftertaste of Valrhona dark chocolate. Why on earth did they close it??


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