This is a very, very rare thing. A single blend is not unheard of, since you can buy a bottle of Loch Lomond Single Blend for about 15 euros, but from Lochside, its another story. There has only been one release of this ever, and not even by Lochside themselves, but from Scott’s Selection.
Single Blend means that both the grain whisky and the single malt whisky come from the same distillery. There are not that many distilleries that are able to distill both save Loch Lomond and Ben Nevis.
A blend, distilled and blended in 1964, this has been marrying in casks for 42 years before being bottled. It took me sometime to track a sample of this down, but Govert van Bodegom, one of the Longmorn Brothers, was able to supply me with a drop.
European oak with a hint of cheese. A pretty heavy nose, but there is a light hint in the background. My guess is the lightness is the part of the grain whisky, the oak and heaviness part of the single malt. Candles with fruit and some flowers.
A very full flavour with a hint of burnt caramel. Lots of stewed fruits with some treacle, cinnamon and nutmeg. Plums, peaches, raisins, you name it.
The finish gets even more fruity than the taste was. It also turns quite creamy with vanilla cream, creme brulee and crema Catalana.
This is a very, very nice dram. Shame there is only so little of it available. I still hope to encounter a bottle of this at some point, and I probably will buy it, if I can. It used to be available for about (I thought, don’t know for sure) 150 euros.
Lochside Single Blend, Scott’s Selection, 1964-2006, 42yo, 47.7%.
Overal experience: 10
Total: 38 points