Loch Lomond 18 Year Old

Floral, Nutty, Hay Like
The distillery Loch Lomond, named after the famous lake it resides by, is nestled in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Renowned for its versatility, it produces a wide range of whiskies: from smoky single malts distilled in pot stills, grain whiskies produced on Coffey stills, to even the "Glen's Vodka". Today, we sample the Loch Lomond 18 Year Single Malt, one of their flagship releases.
Loch Lomond 18 Year Old
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Single Malt Whisky | 18 Year Old | 46,00 % ABV. | 94,14 €/l | Loch Lomond Distillery | produced in Scotland (Highlands) | Whiskybase ID 164888


On the nose, this single malt presents an intriguing combination of roasted aromas and exotic fruitiness. We detect caramel and toasted pine nuts, accompanied by hints of grapefruit and a grainy banana bread. The fruity sweetness is enveloped in a light but cool smoke, reminiscent of egg carton (which may sound negative, but is not meant as such).


On the palate, Loch Lomond 18 begins with a fruity sweetness. The mouthfeel is soft and oily, spreading astringently and presenting a full-bodied berry note with hints of plums and oranges. Additionally, there are exotic citrus-like flavors. After a short while, the aroma shifts to herbal mint notes and surprisingly clear phenolic almost rubber-like smoke.


The finish is medium-length and warming, leaving an enduring impression of spicy oak and a hint of white pepper, without being sharp. Tobacco and tea leaves round off the experience.


Loch Lomond 18 is a pleasant surprise. The single malt offers the complexity and layers one would expect from an 18-year-old whisky. This makes it interesting, but in the end perhaps not necessarily something extraordinary. Delicate, rounded, and flavorful - always a pleasure and a dram we would never refuse. The only real drawback in the details is unfortunately the use of E150, which is truly unnecessary and absolutely regrettable.

Rating: 82/100 - Excellent (Marcel: 81 | Sascha: 83)

Value for Money: 4/5 - Good

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