Every time I review a Lochside whisky I expect it to be the last. I might have to get some more samples from Teun before it’s too late!
This one didn’t come from Teun though, but from Jason B. Standing. He sent me a couple of samples about a million years ago and when going through these and my older reviews right now, I decided it was as good a time as any to post it.
So Lochside. A closed distillery with general consensus being that 1981 is their top vintage. I’ve had quite a few of these over the years with some being extremely epic, and some being ‘merely awesome’. Let’s see where this one sits!
Rich sherry but almost no bite on the nose. Very gentle indeed! Figs, dates, plums, the darker dried fruits. In the background there’s a whiff of menthol and some cigars.
The palate has a little bit of bite on the arrival, with some red chilies. Dry oak with a bit of bitterness. Dried fruits too, the darker ones like on the nose. Freshly cracked black pepper, but all of this with a very syrupy texture.
The finish is slightly more focused on the fruits. The peppery heat dissipates quickly and apart from the already found dried fruits, there’s also some strawberries with a whiff of aged balsamic vinegar too.
Initially I didn’t recognize this directly as a port cask. It could just as well have been a sweeter sherry. The strawberries and balsamic vinegar should have given it away though! It’s quite a lovely flavor, and the menthol and cigars on the nose only add to the experience! A really good whisky indeed!