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Lochside 29yo 1981/2010

(51.8%, The Nectar Daily Drams, joint bottling with The Whisky Agency, refill hogshead)
Average Score: 88
Bottle Profile
TypeScotch Single Malts (Disclosed Distilleries)
BottlerThe Nectar
RangeDaily Dram
Brand NameLochside
Year Distilled1981
Year Bottled2010
Alcohol By Volume51.8%
Other Detailsjoint bottling with The Whisky Agency, refill hogshead
Average Score88

Maniac Ratings
Serge Valentin87
Robert Karlsson90
Konstantin Grigoriadis87
Ho-cheng Yao90
Krishna Nukala80
Luca Chichizola86
Rich Howard92
David Wankel87

Retired Maniac Ratings
Martin Diekmann90

Tasting Notes
Robert KarlssonQuite a bit winey, sherry- and woodinspired to say the least. Loads of slightly sourly raisin and demerara sugar. The taste is in full balance with the nose. Full of it. Rather pure and I really like the absence of any sulphur in there. In the aftertaste it turns peppery and on dark chocolate. Not at all bad this one. Very drinkable strength too.
Rich Howardspicy red fruit punch (the kind made with fresh ginger ale), grapefruit, stewed fruits, butterscotch. after a few drops of water, there's brown sugar, handfuls of red berries, toasted brioche bread, and syrupy plum reduction. not subtle in the slightest, and complex in a slightly odd and unexpected way. very interesting, but more importantly, very good! [tasted blind for the 2010 Awards]