Lochside 1981/2011 Cadenhead’s

by Oliver Klimek on March 27, 2012


My Tasting Notes:

Colour: Bright amber
Nose: Caramel, vanilla, subdued fruit (banana, pineapple), wood polish with a slight floral note.
Palate: Apricot, banana, honey, caramel, hints of coconut and ginger.
Finish: Very long, fruity and mildly sweet.
Overall: An execllent light bodied dram with lots of depth despite its subtle character. Everything is in its place in this flawless whisky.

Rating: 90/100 – Price Tag $$$$$ – Value for your Money $$$$$

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Joshua March 28, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Hey Oli – I greatly enjoyed your review of this Lochside. I’ve had a small handful of Lochsides in my time and found them to just lovely.

Curious though – you refer to this one as flawless but yet give it a 90 and the value for the money seems off. Could you explain further on this one?

Thanks so much!


Oliver Klimek March 28, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Thanks for your question, Joshua. Flawless does not mean a whisky can’t get any better. This is where true greatness begins, and the 90+x range is basically reserved for drams that lift you x inches off the ground when tasted, so to speak 😉

The Value For Money rating is mainly a mathematical thing (though not explicitly calculated by a formula) This is a bottle with a triple digit price. If you take the Highland Park 18 you “get 90 points much cheaper”, so I gave that bottle 4/5 value points and the Lochside only 3/5. The new Laddie Ten is even cheaper and still worth 90 points for me, so I gave that one 5/5 in the value department. Hope this explains my twisted thoughts a little 😉


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