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Loch Lomond 18-year-old

Overall rating
81.92/100
votes
70
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bottled
31.05.2017
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Oak Barrels
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

€ 72,52

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70 × member ratings

64 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Loch Lomond 18-year-old

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.92 points

  1. jankes scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  2. Valérie scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

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

  3. ezioaudit scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

  4. 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.

  5. Rien scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  6. 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.

  7. baldandbeardy scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

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

  8. 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[-]

  9. 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

  10. 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 :-)

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