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Loch Lomond 12-year-old

Overall rating
80.57/100
votes
73
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
American Oak Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Stags Head and Maroon Label
Added on
26 Jul 2016 7:59 pm by John Barleycorn

Average value

€ 39,63

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Whisky Reviews for Loch Lomond 12-year-old

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.57 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. coldsun scored this whisky 69 points Expert Senior

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

  4. MrYens scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

  5. rpvdwel scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  6. Totoro scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A pleasant surprise!
    • Nose
      Big caramel and bright fruits: peach, pineapple, ripe nectarine. Comes across spicy, slightly herbal (rosemary and/or thyme) and sweet, with a "dark", charcoal-y edge, as if from newly burnt-out casks. Very pleasant and inviting nose, with absolutely nothing that would disturb you. Water releases more vanillin.
    • Taste
      Zingy, fruity, juicy attack, with sour oranges and limes. Very good. Then comes sweet and spicy malt, with dusty grains, before it turns to darker notes and wood spices. Overdone pancakes, charcoal, some new(ish) wood. Modern, but good.
    • Finish
      Creamy, mild, and sweet. Sourdough and caramel drops. On the short side, but with a pleasant, dark-to-burnt caramel aftertaste (maybe the slightest hint of peat in there).

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  8. Pardes scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  9. Mark-E scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  10. markjedi1 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Lemon Juice from a Plank

    Loch Lomond is a factory. There is nothing romantic about this distillery. But since a few years it has new owner who are doing everything in their power to help Loch Lomond shed its questionable reputation and put the whisky back on the map. A new packaging, a new story, but is the whisky any good now? This new 12 Year Old was bottled in 2015. It is lightly peated (about 12 to 15 ppm) and matured on three cask types.

    The nose starts quite good on apples, pears and vanilla, joined by some wood shavings. Second quite some citrus kicks in. Absolutely no off notes, which is something I always had with previous Loch Lomond releases. Good. Docile and far from exciting, but good.

    I do get quite a bit of wood on the palate from the start. As if I am licking lemon juice from a plank. Bakery spices keep it feisty, but it also quickly develops a sour note. Vanilla, again.

    In the finish I get mostly ginger, oak and lemon juice with a hint of stale lager beer (sound worse than it is, but still).

    Let’s not call this a grand malt, but it is quite an improvement over the stuff they released several years ago.

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