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

€ 73.95

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143 × member ratings

182 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Loch Lomond 18-year-old

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.04 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. 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 ...

  3. 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

  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. John87 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  6. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

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

  7. sphinx scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

  8. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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.

  10. spawnkam scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

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

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

    Finish: Average. Dry.


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