- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Stated Age
- 18 years old
- Oak Barrels
- 46.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Stag Head
- Bottle code
- L2 151 17
- Added on
- 26 Jul 2016 8:04 pm by RoyC
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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
- Good nose, less attractive on the palate.
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.
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.
An artificial, aspartamy sweetness paired with lovage. Something soapy and musty as well. Not its best feature. Medium length.
- 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.
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[-]
- [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...
- 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 :-)