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09 Mar 2011

Lochside 1981 (The Whisky Exchange)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Lochside

The Whisky Exchange 10th AnniversaryThe Whisky Exchange was founded in 1999. In 2009/2010 they presented a series of excellent 10th Anniversary bottlings: Linkwood 1973, Karuizawa 1982, Glenglassaugh 1978, Clynelish 37 years, Longmorn 1969 and one or two others that we haven’t tried.

This Lochside 1981 is their latest (probably last?) anniversary edition.


Lochside 1981 57.5% TWELochside 29 yo 1981 (57,5%, The Whisky Exchange 2010, oloroso cask)

Nose: great fruity notes (redcurrant, some tangerine, grapefruit, passion fruit) – fresh fruits mixed with dried fruits (raisins) and a lovely layer of oak polish / wax. Quite aromatic with a few floral touches. Some spices to add some depth. Whiffs of mint. Rounder than most of the Fino casks that we’ve seen recently, or so it seems. Mouth: starts on sweet grapefruit followed by plenty of spices and some grassy notes. The honeyed oloroso is noticeable in the background. Then getting drier and sharper with ginger and pepper and a growing bitterness (citrus zest). Still slightly waxy. Finish: like other Lochsides from this era: long with lemon zest and a Palo Cortado kind of woodiness.

It’s difficult to choose between all the great 1981 Lochsides we’ve seen lately. This is one of the more rounded with attractive fruits on the nose (more than the Fino casks). It’s just the bitterish and zesty flavours that keep me from scoring it much higher, but that’s part of the Lochside character as well. Excellent and exemplary – one of the best 1981’s for me. Available from TWE, around € 160.

Score: 90/100

Lochside 1981 (The Whisky Exchange) 4 Ruben Luyten 2011-03-09
  • Johan L

    And not to forget the Karuizawa 1967 (with LMDW)…

  • Ruben
  • Teun

    This and the Whisky Agency Oloroso Lochside are my two personal favorites of all the recent 1981 Lochside. Although all are good!

  • Laifi

    This is a fantastic Lochside.
    My favourite is Lochside Whisky Box 1981 refill sherry cask with 55,5% and Whisky Doris Lochside 1981 Fino sherry cask. Also TWA oloroso sherry 1981.
    Where are these casks from?
    Great Work ! Congratulation.



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