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Loch Lomond 18-year-old

Overall rating
82.29/100
votes
196
Whiskybase ID
WB85047
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

€ 72.31

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Whisky Reviews for Loch Lomond 18-year-old

29 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.29 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    S 7
    Good fruity & delicate nose just like other Lomonds. MoM suggested this as peated but I’m not getting any in this. Big steps upward from its 12 in terms of complexity and balance.

    [78-82] I'll gladly welcome another dram.

    N 27
    Old bourbon forward (vanilla & aged oak) while remaining light and refreshing. Orchard fruit (red apple, pear, melon, lychee). A drop of lemon squeeze. Very subtle beeswax.

    P 25
    Creamy caramel. Well-balanced fresh fruit (red apple, blackcurrant), dark chocolate, charred oak and peppery spices. Quite dry. Cashew nut mash. A whiff of smoke underly, likely from charred oak.

    F 22
    Short-mid, dry finish. Mild juicy fruits and oak lingeirng.

  4. 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?!

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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

  7. maltandgrains scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Nose is balanced, deep and fruity. Raisins especially noticeable. A hint of dark chocolate.
    • Taste
      78 78
      Oaky and sherried. Slightly unbalanced, a little bitter.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Tannins seem to take over and envelop the tounge, spreading. Not overly bitter. A bit of spice, then some dark chocolate.

  8. WhiskyShaman scored this whisky 33 points Expert Junior

    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*.

  9. 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.

  10. John87 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  11. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

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

  12. sphinx scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

  13. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      76 76

  14. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Where Inchmurrin 18yo is a very convincing and pleasant dram, I think this Loch Lomond buddy is the least of the two.
    • Nose
      More mature then the 12yo. More ripe fruits and dark spices. It reminds me a bit of spiced rum without the typical rum flavor. There quite some smoke present, which I like. But the whole feels a bit closed and dull to be honest. Pencilshavings are there, wrapped in vanilla and ginger. Also there is some ripe fruits like green apples, pear and something tropical. A little later I get something like mild mint and/or pine tree.
    • Taste
      Arrival is a bit weird with a bald, spirit-like, breadcrumbs kind of experience. There is quite some smoked wood and the body seems rather fragile. Kind of surprising after the nose would have let me guess that it has at least a decent body. There is some freshness present which remind me a bit of eucalyptus.
    • Finish
      Finish is the best part I think. It’s mild, herbal-like and a lot of green notes in between ripe fruits like again pear, red apples and melon.

  15. spawnkam scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

    Nose:
    Intense, dry and spicy.
    Honey and Vanilla.
    Smoky and peated.
    Sea salt.

    Taste:
    Salty and greasy.
    Vanilla, sea salt, black pepper and nuts.

    Finish: Average. Dry.

  16. DramJammin scored this whisky 75 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      74 74
    • Finish
      74 74

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

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

    21 21 20 21 83

  21. jankes scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  22. Valérie scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

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

  23. ezioaudit scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

  24. Rien scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  25. markjedi1 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Cointreau from a Cardboard Box

    In the new – so-called Island Series – range from Loch Lomond you will also find this 18 Year Old. And as I had read quite a few good things of Loch Lomond (some single cask releases were very good, it seems), I thought it worth it to give this one a go, even though I did not like the 18 Year Old from 2010 – at all.

    The nose is rather ordinary on fresh butter, baked apples, breakfast cereals and some orange peel. A tiny bit of smoke in the back, hardly worth mentioning. It improves after a few moments, offering more citrus fruit and something candly-like. The good news is that there are no off notes.

    It is rather flat on the palate, with loads of cardboard, paraffin and spices. Cointreau from a cardboard box… no, this is not my cuppa. Some lemon rind on nutmeg and cloves with a bitterness from the oak. Heather?

    On the finish, I get more cardboard, but also some chewing tobacco and that has nothing to do with the fact that I just saw Solo (see what I did there?).

    Well, the new 12 Year Old was much more to my liking. This one is drinkable, but far from good.

  26. baldandbeardy scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

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

  27. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/the-loch-lomond-group/

    And again, all-American oak.

    N: So far im liking the bigger maturation presence compared to the younger 12yo.
    T: Heathery, peppery malt.
    F: Short. Creamy, dry citrus.
    C: Overall I prefer the 12yo, but its the Glen Scotia 15yo that romps home to victory in todays flight of fancy.Scores a C[-]

  28. Segens scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Continuation of the blind tasting 19th of 24 drams. The dram is reasonable and probably 15 years old and from the Highlands. I like the balance in this dram. Quite reasonable and with I guess 50% also easy to drink.Ok I am a bit suprised by the low ratings so far. It is no blast but definitely better than a Glenfiddich 12 for example :-)

  29. rottendon scored this whisky 68 points Connoisseur

    So I do not necessarily have to have it again. The barrel was probably already something over it, or at all of rather inferior quality. Fortunately, the finish is soap-free, otherwise the length would be really uncomfortable. At the second tasting, I now had lavender / soap on the finish. It's a pity, it's under 70.

    Notes from a blind tasting.

    Au weia, unfortunately confirms any prejudice that I do not actually have ...
    • Nose
      At first it looks a bit dirty, but then it gets rounder and sweeter. Relatively restrained, a bit of sulfur, the alcohol bizzles in the nose, but that lays down with some life. A relatively light sherry profile with a lot of malt and later also salt, cool roast. Approaches of soap. Sweet and full with candied fruit, very smooth. Moves something dirty again. Little wood. Warms sweet and sour, again some soap and perfume, a hint of mint.
    • Taste
      Extremely mild in the start, some chocolate and a mountain herbs, as well as eucalyptus and liquorice. The consistency is almost watery. With the second sip, the barrel acid is almost unpleasant, as well as a touch of soap, lavender. Probably also a few ppm smoke. It warms the chest area a little bit and tastes of ethanol, yet it is powerless.
    • Finish
      The finish is quite long and is based on licorice and oak with a rather tart tannin. Absolutely dry, again lavender.

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