Blind Tasting Competition #6: Lochside 1991/2008 G&M
The Blind Tasting Competition continues with sample 6, and it is the first time I defend first place. After tasting I’m fairly confident that this is the first whisky in this competition from the Lowlands.
Lochside 1991/2008 (46%, G&M, C#15215)
Nose: Grassy! I think 🙂 Also very floral plus some honey notes. Next up is apple, or apple schnapps. Lots of lemon and a tiny bit dusty.
Taste: Some obvious oak influence, grapefruit as well and a slight dryness. Again apple, but also orange. And a bitterness, which I’m not quite sure if I find it pleasant or not.
Finish: Pear, a surprising hint of smoke and again honey. Medium in length.
A pleasant whisky with a pleasant profile. I believe this to be the first Lowland whisky of the Blind Tasting Competition. I’m going with Bladnoch 22yo bottled at 52 percent.
Turns out I was completely wrong. Lochside, a closed distillery of which almost no casks are left, would’ve been the right choice. I scored zero points for this sample. First time that happened, but probably not the last. Fun fact: nobody guessed the distillery right.
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.