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Loch Lomond 18-year-old

Overall rating
82.45/100
votes
96
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bottled
31.05.2017
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
American Oak Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Stag Head
Bottle code
L2 151 17
Barcode
5016840739203
Added on
26 Jul 2016 8:04 pm by RoyC
Non-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 74,73

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96 × member ratings

91 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Loch Lomond 18-year-old

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.45 points

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Good nose, less attractive on the palate.
    • Nose
      A slight alcoholic waft carrying boozy fruits, akin to lychee liqueur or plum wine. As the stated age demands, there are also some "old" notes to be found: furniture polish, waxed leather. Pickled gherkins. Shares a creamy aspect with the 12-year-old version: stracciatella or tiramisu comes to mind. However, there's also some mortar, wet cement, and a bit of cardboard. Perhaps still somewhat idiosyncratic and not top-notch per se, but really interesting and not un-complex at all. After the first sips, some soft smoke becomes palpable.
    • Taste
      Soft, silky, then increasingly spicy (new wood)? Soapy, with a bitter edge. The fruits only appear after the first drop has gone down; then peaches and tangerine surge up, with some bitter grapefruit following in their wake. I had expected more wackiness after the nose. A bit unexpressive, even "neutral" at times.
    • Finish
      An artificial, aspartamy sweetness paired with lovage. Something soapy and musty as well. Not its best feature. Medium length.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 85 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 on a sweet honey and  grassy (summer floral) profile with some hints of toffee, milk chocolate and sherry.  The mouthfeel is peppery but not coating at all.  The palate shows a fine sweetness with flavours of oranges, bitter chocolate and toffee again.  The finish is of medium length and comes nicely in several waves over your tastebuds - it gets even more fruitier in the end.  No bitter or drying notes at all and no peaty flavours (that I could find). 

    To me this is the best edition of their current product range and a substantial improvement compared with earlier releases.  Unfortunately they increased the price accordingly, making it less attractive this way...
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    it lacks a bit of the elegance that other standard OA's reach at 18 so slowly, but is quite interesting and peculiar, 60 € are reasonably OK
    • Nose
      green apple, green tea, tobacco, old ground black pepper, dry leaves
    • Taste
      s. Nose, with some grapefruit / lime at the beginning, later dark chocolate
    • Finish
      long, tea, tobacco, oak, pepper

  4. thijs100 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    This is undoubtedly an older brother of the Loch Lomond 12yo, yet I'm not sure it is really a step up, which is what it should be, as it is considerably higher priced.
    • Nose
      Touches of cinnamon, melted butter, rye bread and ripe red apples make for a well-integrated and enjoyable, yet not very exceptional nose. There's whiffs of caramel and just a sliver of smoke too.
    • Taste
      Ah yes, it certainly has that straight-necked pot still signature you also find in Inchmurrin and Littlemill, with a nice, bright fruitiness and soft cardboard notes. There's a subtle spiciness (white pepper) as well, followed by toffee and oak shavings. The faintest touch of smoke.
    • Finish
      Lingering spices and a soft sweetness. Medium in length.

  5. Martin1965 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Apple, pear, oak, minimal smoke, grapefruit
    • Taste
      Fruity, solid oak, minimal smoke, black and green tea
    • Finish
      Long with tea and tobacco notes

      Very oak accented 18er, who does not like oak please do not buy.

  6. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    21 21 20 21 83

  7. jankes scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Valérie scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      76 76

  9. ezioaudit scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

  10. Rien scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

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