Lochside 1981 – closed distillery
ex bourbon cask #612 @ 50% Volume
Highland single cask, single malt
Whisky Magazine, Issue 138
Nose: A fantastic nose of rich tropical fruits (guava, mango, pineapple and banana) there is also a slight fino element to the nose which gives it a grape-like element too.
Palate: Wonderful notes from the oak give hints of spice, clove and vanilla with the tropical fruit notes, particularly the mango, coming through later on.
Finish: There is a bitterness from the oak, suggesting it could have been bottled just a touch younger.
Comments: Almost brilliant, save for the astringent oak notes in the finish