Overall rating
Single Grain
James MacArthur (JM)
Bottling serie
Fine Grain Selection
Stated Age
27 years old
60.5 % Vol.
50 ml 750 ml
Old plain label, red and/or gold print
Added on
12 Jul 2009 10:31 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 549,99

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21 × member ratings

16 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Lochside 1963 JM

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.67 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2017]  I bought this bottle for 102 Euro in April, 2003 and this is my last saved sample.  So I do a head-to-head tasting of the diluted spirit (to drinking strength of about 45% abv) against another 1963 Lochside Grain (CD) that matured 43 years https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/9504/lochside-1963-hhColour:  The Clan Denny (CD) has a dark, almost sherry-like colour
    compared the a much lighter, but nevertheless full golden colour of the

    Nose:  The
    Clan Denny offers a really nice aromas profile that reminds me strongly
    of an old Bourbon.  There is some adhesive flavour besides the oak and
    vanilla which is quite normal after such a long maturation time.  When diluted to drinking strength the JMA opens up and offers quite a lot of wild herbs with even a slight
    medicinical note and honey.  A little bit adhesive too, but much lesser
    than with the 42 year old.  Clearly the CD is more impressive here.

    Arrival:  Both come bold and instantly coat the mouth.  No harsh or
    unpleasant moment.  Very nice
    both, I go for a draw.

    Body:  Unbelievable massive cassis/blackcurrent attack with the CD,
    never had this that strong before (as if you drink pure cassis juice). 
    Quite vital given its age, but the strong cassis dominate all other
    aromas.  Contrary to this the JMA is much more balanced  on a lot of
    different fruity and honey aromas, all within a sound wooden structure
    that never gets unpleasant.  Hard to judge this round as the profiles
    are so different, but I find the delicateness of the JMA more charming. 
    But the strong cassis flavour of the Clan Denny is simply

    Finish:  Of medium length with the JMA, virtually endless with the
    CD.  Here the dominant cassis flavour is much more balanced with some
    nice wooden and spicy notes, making it simply adorable.  Yes, the best
    about the Clan Denny is really the finish.  The JMA's finish is
    interestingly sweet-sour (switching back and forth between the two ) and
    a little bit drying, but never unpleasant.  But this round goes
    definite to the 42 year old Clan Denny.

    An interesting head-to-head of the same Lochside vintage (1963) but
    with very different tastes.  Actually I like both, but the unusual
    strong and vital profile of the 42 year Clan Denny is a real stunner.  A
    must try to everyone, so look out for a tasting dram at whisky fairs or
    the like...
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2015]  ...quite keen to try this Single Grain from Lochside - a distillery that did produce such fantastic malt whiskies in the sixties and seventies (the 1966 vintages are legendary).  This tasting note is for the neat (undiluted) spirit of 60,5% abv:I opened a full bottle and it seems to be a quite different whisky to that what Serge described (see copied note below):  The nose is not spirity but rather delicate with hints of different herbs and honey besides the oak, really nice for an old grain whisky.  Some tropical fruits dominate the palate (very delicious), but after a while the oak takes over.  Yes Serge, the finish is rather drying as one would expect with these heavy tannins on the palate.  But it has a nice sweetness as well.

    All in all an interesting old grain whisky and quite an experience to taste - in my system certainly not below average.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  3. Sjors scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. Deloti scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  6. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [2015]  I had this dram during a private tasting of whisky connoisseurs at Limburg. In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 85.  I
    took no detailed notes as there were simply too many drams...  Every
    connoisseur brought several bottles from his collection to the tasting
    where they were lined up by common decision.  Just 1 cl was served as
    otherwise we probably would not have seen the end of the tasting without
    medical problems. As this was a flabbergasting event I list all the line-up and my resp. scores below:

    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/39946/cardhu-08-year-old  (90)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/9831/lochside-1963-jm-reserve  (85)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/23579/tomatin-30-year-old  (90)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/4500/caol-ila-1975-hb  (92,5)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/65842/macallan-08-year-old  (85)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/78220/glenfarclas-05-year-old (87,5)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/71733/glen-albyn-10-year-old  (92,5)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/3395/glenlivet-21-year-old-archive  (87,5)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/20921/glenfarclas-12-year-old-all-malt-unblended  (95)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/89719/glenfarclas-15-year-old  (95+)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/24838/caol-ila-20-year-old  (95)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/7465/longmorn-1970-sms  (95)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/82141/glenfarclas-1968  (90)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/45205/talisker-1957-gm  (95)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/8777/tamnavulin-18-year-old-mi  (95)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/7089/glenglassaugh-1967-sv  (95)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/17649/macallan-1964  (90)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/62640/macallan-1960  (95+)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/24438/longmorn-1969-cc  (95)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/18387/glen-garioch-1972  (95+)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/66468/isle-of-jura-1966-ca  (90)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/19830/isle-of-jura-1966-sv  (95)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/66937/bowmore-1971-ses  (95+)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/27784/bowmore-1971-ses  (95+)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/36977/dalmore-20-year-old  (95)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/15376/imperial-1962-ca  (95++)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/8819/ardbeg-1974-ses  (92,5)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/63790/ardbeg-1974-gm  (92,5)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/14053/bruichladdich-1966  (92,5)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/12289/laphroaig-12-year-old  (95)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/56284/springbank-30-year-old  (92,5)

  7. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N: The penny drops after a while that this is a grain whisky. Sometimes I need reminding that Lochside produced both malt and grain at the start of its short life. It even had its own bottling plant. This 1980's bottling smells of thick caramel, varied grasses, some sawdust, peppery & husky notes, bone dry fruits and honeyed porridge - with plenty of density/body. Sweet grain, pleasing grain, very pleasing.
    T: A bit hit on arrival but it's fine neat. It's the last few drams of the bottle so maybe it's a little subdued,… which could be a blessing as Serge WF says water kills it. Lots more caramel, liqueur like with nutty cocoa. It's strong in spirit, literally, a spirit that marches forth fearlessly before loitering a while. With a little water in the mouth, the body is thicker. Either way, after all that loitering it really oozes into the finish
    F: Caramel sour with a touch of bitters. Really sticks to the palate, so rather viscose - and despite the sour it's still sweet and,.... is that banana liqueur? Drambuie! Now its sour, properly sour with,.. limes and dry,... sour? ,.... something, no it's gone,
    C: Fearlessly forceful spirit yet hard not to enjoy, especially as it's my first dram at the Dornoch Castle Hotel Bar, and it's so good to be here. Simon is off sight unfortunately but Phil and Ollie are perfect hosts and I’m feeling like a kid in a candy shop looking around with a 27yo Lochside in my hand for the same price as fish n chips and a coffee. Back to the Lochside, one of the best grains I've had at intermediate age [20-34], and with an old style profile, after all this would have been distilled not long after Lochside opened [in 1957].

    Scores a B-

    Oh look, there's a Rosebank WB

  8. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Serge from whiskyfun says:

    Lochside 27 yo (60.5%, James MacArthur, grain, late 1980’s)  This one was probably distilled in the very early 1960’s. Colour: gold. Nose: extremely spirity at first sniff, not too far from raw medicinal alcohol. Hints of almond milk, apple spirit, grass… Much less (good) oak than in the Clan Denny, although there is a little vanilla, as well as cologne. But water will probably make it more aromatic… With water (at roughly 45%): no, that didn’t work, it almost killed the whisky – or, at least, made it almost silent (something to try with Mariah Carey?) We have just a few coffeeish notes developing. Mouth (neat): nicer than on the nose when neat but very hot, with the tannins assaulting your tongue right away. Something like caramel-flavoured cask strength vodka. Water is obligatory here. So, with water: oh, it got extremely sweet, not unlike banana liqueur or parfait amour. The tannins got also stronger and rather drying. Lacks mellowness. Finish: long but frankly drying and to sugary despite the pleasant notes of violet sweets that come as the signature. 79 points


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