Loch Lomond 18-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Stated Age
18 years old
American Oak Casks
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Stag Head
Bottle code
L2 151 17
Added on
26 Jul 2016 8:04 pm by RoyC

Average value

€ 75.16

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167 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Loch Lomond 18-year-old

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.10 points

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    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. Skywalka scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    Man, I bought this for $95AUD, I don't understand the low score and all the complaints. At that price, it's damn fine whisky. Give it time and patience. It delivers. Great range of flavours. Good balance of sweet, sour, bitter. Intense flavour. Good development. Long finish. This is good value. And it's a singular style, it's got character. This is satisfying and easy on the wallet. Of course, it's not perfect or outstanding by any means, and granted I'd prefer it without the fake tan, but an underrated malt nevertheless. Don't listen to the pervasive dogma about what's good and what's lousy. Follow your own damn nose and palate.

  3. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Imho underrated because of previous LL bottlings and distillery's notoriety for distilling off notes like stewed vegetables. Certainly a lot has improved in recent years. While not a perfect malt and still somewhat distinct which I appreciate, this is a solid malt with a solid price / performance ratio! Maybe try a sample?!

  4. PuddingmitHaut did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Light, fresh wood, pepper, neat wood, biting, light vanilla, removes glue.

    hm, has something unpleasant, the weird biting, the glue ...

  5. 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

  6. UnmarkedDoor scored this whisky 33 points Member Senior

    It has been aged up and has matured in all the ways you would expect: adding richness and depth - exchanging fresh for cooked fruits and layering of the "expensive" notes to the existing profile.

    However, it appears that I just don't like the Loch Lomond distillate, no matter what you do to it.

    That metallic taste is worse than in the 12. It sticks to my palate more persistently than raw garlic. I've eaten half a melon, a bag of chips and a pickled beetroot in my ongoing (and so far, unsuccessful) quest to dislodge it from my afflicted taste buds.

    I guess this is my life now.

    There's actually quite a lot to like here, but it's lucky I wrote it down before the tail hit, because I fear everything I eat or drink from here on out will taste like AA batteries.

    I didn't finish the 3oz sample and now I have a headache.
    • Nose
      50 50
      The same orchard fruits as the 12 but now cooked with butter and demerara sugar. Bees wax furniture polish, leather, cognac and cigar smoke. This smells like it might be expensive.
    • Taste
      50 50
      Inhaling slightly as a take my first sip, I get a mouthful of icing sugar, then the profile broadly follows the same pattern as the 12: confectionery fruit sweetness, followed by shotgun blast of chili ginger that again devolves into cigar ash buttered crumpets and candied citrus peel.
    • Finish
      The ash and bitter fruit peel keep growing and then morph into dark chocolate covered coffee beans. And that metal taste is still *&!@ing there and *and won't go away*.

  7. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A kind of closed whisky, reminiscent of a shy, closed, taciturn, but at the same time diligent student. This whisky does not want to criticize, because it is good enough, but there is no particular desire to praise either.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Vanilla, yellow fruits, baked goods, wax. Deeper - old leather, barnyard, tobacco and some smoke.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Smooth, oily, spicy, slightly citrusy, with a good hint of smokiness.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium duration, sweet-salty, peppery, with dry phenols, berry acidity and a moderate oak influence.

  8. John87 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  9. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

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

  10. sphinx scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior


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