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Loch Lomond 12-year-old

Overall rating
80.16/100
votes
162
Whiskybase ID
WB85046
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
Barcode
5016840737216
Added on
26 Jul 2016 7:59 pm by John Barleycorn

Average value

€ 41.80

10 × in wishlist

162 × member ratings

277 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Loch Lomond 12-year-old

32 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.16 points

  1. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The core range of Loch Lomond brings a nice diversity of whiskies to the table. I’m quite a fan of their whiskies and in my opinion it’s underrated. This Loch Lomond 12 is no exception.
    • Nose
      Very recognizable Loch Lomond profile. The more intens brother of the Inchmurrin 12yo. On the nose it gives a more full body with a lot of ripe pear, apricot, pencil shavings, subtle wood spices, charred oak and a whiff of dried lavender. Very accessible and pleasant nose. A very deserving whisky despite of it’s age.
    • Taste
      Bittersweet. Herbal-like and fruitpeels. Mouthfeel is a little like the peel of a pear. Further more tea notes. Several spices and and grassy herbs. Friendly for the palate all the way. It does need a little hand warmth first. When this whisky is a little to cold, there is a little disturbing sourness to it. When heated up a little bit, this disolves.
    • Finish
      Again a very recognizable Loch Lomond flavors. More woody parts play a bigge role here. I get melon, kiwi and rooibos tea.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. Thermidor scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    After a lineup of Loch Lomond whiskies, I'm ready to upgrade my score for this one by 1 point. It's a nice dram for the price point. I had a chance to taste a 12yo refill cask version next to it, and I thought it was more complex and less sweet.

    They tell me their bourbon casks come from Heaven Hill and Jim Beam.
    • Nose
      Quiet tar candy notes are pretty much all you hear from the peat in it. Otherwise it's on fruit candy (gummy bears or worms), linen, some oak that's already gone past the "young wood" aromas, with a faintly buttery, faintly chalky undercurrent. After a while in the glass I start to find a note of boiled eggs.
    • Taste
      An oily, firm body. Vanilla and some tar candy mixed with these candy fruit flavors that are mostly on white or green gummy bears. The body really feels like 46 %, no flabbiness there. No off notes to be found, but not much complexity either.
    • Finish
      Some metallic touches, but mostly the finish is on the fruit candy sweetness.

  5. Ficelli scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  6. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Better than its reputation, give it a try. Doesn't need to hide behind the bigger names @NAS + 12 yo!

  7. MLE scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. noelc scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
      Reminds me of calvados
    • Taste
      80 80
      Apricot and smoke, very tasty.
      Unfortunately a bit too gentle for me. While it is really tasty, nothing shouts out. Otherwise this would've been 85+
    • Finish
      78 78
      A slight enjoyable burn, again the apricot and smoke, medium long finish.

  9. MM-Speyside scored this whisky 69 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      48 48

  10. YD84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

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