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Lochside 22 yo 1979 / 2001 Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask 276 bttls 50% vs Lochside 32 yo 1982 / 2014 Malts of Scotland #14019 55.2% vs Lochside 29 yo 1981 / 2010 Thosop 50.5%

Less common vintages for Lochside:

Lochside 22 yo 1979 / 2001 Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask 276 bttls 50%

One of those malts where the fruitiness, while leaning juicily tropical, also hauls an unwelcome measure of grass juice. Not saying that it’s an unusual pairing in whisky either, eg Littlemill and the Irish single malts. This one also has mustard, rocket, and scratched copper pans, which give it dimension. On the tongue, the fruit makes a late comeback in the guise of blackcurrant and raspberry wine gums, together with a pinch of chilli seed. 87 pts

Lochside 32 yo 1982 / 2014 Malts of Scotland #14019 55.2%

Very likely the only 1982 Lochside ever bottled. And this one has a tale to tell: Vicks rub, searing hot minerals and ground up granite dust. Hot working machinery. And more industrial on the palate now with a notion tobacco tins and resin polish. Astringent tree resins like mastic and perhaps a gummy sort of sharp acidic fruit again, the sort that comes sugared and wrapped. Ends with the sharp bite of fruit acid. The whole is quite something. 90 pts

Lochside 29 yo 1981 / 2010 Thosop 50.5%

Feels like it’s only right to have an 81 now, so how about this famous bottle. Right fruit here is not immediate, and that’s likely because of the pronounced wood effect. Plenty of dusty spice, dark and gleaming antique hardwood floors, an acre of thick leather and some cade oil even. At the same time the harsher aspects are assuaged with raspberries, bitter cacao and a drop of molasses. It’s one of those I can’t really tell if it’s ex bourbon or ex sherry. On the palate its all spices, dry resins, mint and fruit tea, and boatloads of medicinal bark. The fruit is overpowered here. 88 pts

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