- 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
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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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Short-mid, dry finish. Mild juicy fruits and oak lingeirng.
- 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?!
- Light, fresh wood, pepper, neat wood, biting, light vanilla, removes glue.
hm, has something unpleasant, the weird biting, the glue ...
- [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 is balanced, deep and fruity. Raisins especially noticeable. A hint of dark chocolate.
Oaky and sherried. Slightly unbalanced, a little bitter.
Tannins seem to take over and envelop the tounge, spreading. Not overly bitter. A bit of spice, then some dark chocolate.
- 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.
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.
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.
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*.
- 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.
Vanilla, yellow fruits, baked goods, wax. Deeper - old leather, barnyard, tobacco and some smoke.
Smooth, oily, spicy, slightly citrusy, with a good hint of smokiness.
Medium duration, sweet-salty, peppery, with dry phenols, berry acidity and a moderate oak influence.
- Where Inchmurrin 18yo is a very convincing and pleasant dram, I think this Loch Lomond buddy is the least of the two.
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.
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 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.
Intense, dry and spicy.
Honey and Vanilla.
Smoky and peated.
Salty and greasy.
Vanilla, sea salt, black pepper and nuts.
Finish: Average. Dry.
- 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
green apple, green tea, tobacco, old ground black pepper, dry leaves
s. Nose, with some grapefruit / lime at the beginning, later dark chocolate
long, tea, tobacco, oak, pepper
- 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.
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.
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.
Lingering spices and a soft sweetness. Medium in length.
Apple, pear, oak, minimal smoke, grapefruit
Fruity, solid oak, minimal smoke, black and green tea
Long with tea and tobacco notes
Very oak accented 18er, who does not like oak please do not buy.
- 21 21 20 21 83
- 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[-]
- 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 :-)
- 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 ...
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.
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.
The finish is quite long and is based on licorice and oak with a rather tart tannin. Absolutely dry, again lavender.