Loch Lomond 12-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Stated Age
12 years old
American Oak Casks
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Stags Head and Maroon Label
Added on
26 Jul 2016 7:59 pm by John Barleycorn

Average value

€ 41.20

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Whisky Reviews for Loch Lomond 12-year-old

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.33 points

  1. peatbogger scored this whisky 78 points Specialist

    I struggle a bit to get excited about Loch Lomond.
    This is a lot better than the NAS Original.
    I would happily accept it as a gift, but doubt if I would buy it.
    • Nose
      78 78
      Sweet barley. Very ripe citrus.
      Some smoke with a tiny hint of peat to it.
      Pencil lead and cardboard.
      Pear juice and a single rasberry.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Sweetish, but not as fruity as the nose.
      Caramel with some allspice.
      One dimentional and rather simple.
      Not bad, but not particularly interesting.
    • Finish
      75 75
      Just the main components fading rapidly.
      A little dry, a little bitter... gone.
      The smell from the empty glass is what I find best about it.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2017]  I just did a private tour of Loch Lomond distillery, one of the very last sites I have not been in the stillhouse so far.  The tour was done very professionally by Ibon and clarified a lot of my questions about this fascinating distillery that produces so many different styles of whisky under one roof.  So this is a good reason to do some reviews of their current product range.

    Loch Lomond single malt is in fact a vat of several malts produced by the different pot stills at Loch Lomond distillery.  It is a batch of around 40 to 60 per cent peated and unpeated malts distilled in the very special Lomond style stills that produce the Inchmurrin single malt too plus the respective 60 to 40 per cent unpeated malt distilled in traditional pot stills within the same stillhouse.  All malt matures in both freshly re-charred and refilled american hogsheads.  The peat is sourced from a place nearby Peterhead and has highland characteristics (contrary to the more maritime and medical seaside peat that is used for Islay malts).

    The nose is very sweet both on barley sugars and honey with some hints of fruits (pears, peaches).  It arrives smooth and warming in the mouth but coats just the upper part of the tongue.  The body is sweet and fruity as the nose promised with some additional toffee notes added.  The finish is of medium length and adds no new impressions.  Another easy-to-sip dram from this underrated distillery that in my view significantly improved compared to earlier releases...
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  3. keba9591 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    the perfect balance of refreshing fruits and spices with hints of lemon, ripe pear, and baking
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  4. diamond2000 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: bright, caramelized, burnt sugar, a lot of malt, vanilla, sweet pastries, slightly sour apple cider vinegar. The wood is very pleasant, dry oak, plywood, a carpentry workshop with glue and varnish, a slight wood burning, a hint of used machine oil, rubber.

    Taste: sweet, with a slight influence of spices, apricot jam, sweet pear, honey, wood tannins, activated carbon, rubber, minerality, light spice and spice.

    Finish: medium-long, not very intense, caramel-sweet, wood tannins, charred wood, rather dry at the end.

    Rating: 83

    Bottom line: a peculiar, well-made 12, with an interesting influence of oak. It seems simple, but small nuances give it personality, I liked it!

  5. toklian scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    N20 P21 F21 B21

  6. Dris scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  7. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    I have a "problem" with Loch Lomond, something doesn't fit, I had that with the 18 and 17 organic. The whisky is not wrong, but I don't enjoy it. So also with the 12er, which I had in my glass for the first time today. You can drink, you don't have to.
    • Nose
      Fruity, dextrose, malty, musty, also a little wet cardboard.
    • Taste
      surprisingly dry, spicy, oak, malt, the fruit is almost gone.
    • Finish
      dry, a little oak, also a little bit of smoke, but such an idiosyncratic aftertaste that I had with all Loch Lomond whisky (the brand) so far.

  8. Martin1965 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Apples, pears, citrus, malt and cereals in the background
    • Taste
      Fruit notes, vanilla, citrus, very slightly smoky
    • Finish
      Medium length with light smoke

      Very interesting 12 malt

  9. coldsun scored this whisky 69 points Expert Senior

    Fresh fruits, apples, pears, deep sweet barley malt, citruses.

  10. MrYens scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior


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