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20 Dec 2011

Lochside 1965 (Adelphi)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Lochside

Here’s another single blend produced at Lochside distillery. This time a 1965 bottled by Adelphi from a sherry cask. It won a gold medal at the recent Malt Maniacs Awards 2011.


Lochside 1965 AdelphiLochside 46 yo 1965 (52,3%,
Adelphi 2011, sherry cask #6778,
single blend, 499 btl.)

Nose: a totally different genre but equally excellent. It’s sherried with polished oak and plenty of red fruits (raspberries, redcurrant jam). Leathery notes. Similar tropical notes (banana and mango) but in a thick sherry coating this time. Lovely combination which made me think of the legendary Longmorn 1972 Perfect Dram (really). Rum & raisins. Almonds. Even a faint whiff of smoke. Stunning. Mouth: huge in many ways. The sherry is huge, the fruitiness is huge, the oak as well. Spicy (ginger, nutmeg) and herbal. Eucalyptus. Plenty of tannins. Burnt sugar. Finish: very long, very intense with bitter oranges, dark chocolate and cloves.


Yesterday’s Lochside 1964 was harmonious and smooth. This one is taking a different route. It’s incredibly intense and punchy, heavily influenced by the wood, but it’s a unique experience with elements of whisky, rum, cognac… On the nose I prefer this 1965 (not necessarily because it’s better but because I prefer sherry notes over grain notes) and on the palate it simply blew my socks off, but beware, that cough syrup profile will definitely be too challenging for some people. A masterpiece, but a masterpiece with barbs. Around € 310.

Score: 92/100

Lochside 1965 (Adelphi) 4.5 Ruben Luyten 2011-12-20
  • Teun

    Tried both of them at Maltstock. Personally I prefered the TWE. Both are fantastic whiskies. But the Adelphi one was just a little to much overpowered by the sherry. But then again, I do like Lochside because of it’s fantatsic fruity character, wich to me came trough more in the TWE one.

  • Luc

    I can only add that this expression really blew me away. I love it.

  • Stuart Robson

    I’m with Teun on this one but both are clearly excellent bottlings.

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  • Appadurai

    Without doubt, the best whisky I have ever tasted.



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