Review 660: Lochside 1964 48 year

A nice change to taste an older single grain from a closed distillery, for me the first one from this distillery. This was part of a line-up for the 10th anniversary for drankenspeciaalzaak ‘Bij Thijs’ with very special old and rare whisky’s. Thank you Thijs for sharing this!!

Lets find out how it performs in my glass.

What they write about it:

A very well aged grain whisky from Lochside, distilled in October 1964 and bottled 48 years later in 2015. Matured in a sherry butt, Cask # 6799. One of 540 Bottles.

Distillery:Lochside Distillery
Region:Highlands
Location:Montrose, Angus
Owner:Pernod Ricard > Allied Distillers
Founded:1957
Status:Closed (in 1992, demolished in 2005)
Water Source:Drill holes beneath the distillery
Stills:2 Wash stills
2 Spirit stills
Coffey still (until 1973)
Capacity:None

Expression:Lochside 1964 48 Year
Category:Single grain
Bottled by:Cooper's Choice
Age:48 Year
ABV (% Alc):41.2%
Non-chill filtered:Yes
Natural colour:Yes
Phenols (smoke):+/- 0 ppm on barley
Distillation date:October 1964
Bottle date:2015
Vintage:1964
Maturation:Sherry Butt
Cask number:6799
Bottle number:540 Bottles
Bottle content:70cl

Colour:
Amber

Smell:
A rich, full, balanced and complex whisky with aromas of coconut, chocolate (yep, somewhat bounty candybar like), solvent tones, dark honey, oak, rosewood, varnish, nitrocellulose glue, fresh backed croissants, mocha coffee, caramel, crème brûlée, dried fruits (dates, figs, plums), blackberry jam, subtle hint of sulphur, subtle sherry tones, antique polish vanilla, spices (allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, white pepper), banana, orange peels, hint of cigar tobacco, maraschino cherries and antique oak.

Taste:
An elegant, sweet, oily and rich whisky with aromas of honey, icing sugar, oak, rosewood, subtle tannins, black- and blueberry jam, coffee, milk chocolate, coconut, banana, solvent tones, subtle sweet sherry, antique polish, subtle dried fruits (prunes, cherries, dates, raisins), vanilla, caramel, Stroopwafel, butterscotch, backing spices (cinnamon, ginger, allspice), tobacco leafs, varnish, hazelnuts, subtle bitter orange marmalade, cedarwood, fresh backed chocolate chip cookies and delicate creamy oak.

Finish:
A medium to long, sweet and slightly drying finish with aromas of tannins, oak, precious woods, vanilla, cherries, antique wax, berries, citrus marmalade, hint of copper, backing spices and creamy oak.

Conclusion:
Ohhh yeah! This is why I really like older single grains! The depth of flavour and the bitter woods against the sweet character of this whisky make it a lovely sipping dram. The nose is engaging and shifts from bitter to sweet and releases it’s treasures slowly over time. It needs quite some time to fully open up and, for me, it doesn’t play well with water (that enhances the bitter and solvent tones).
All in all a superb single grain that can keep me happily occupied for a while.

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What are your thoughts on the liquid in this bottle?

Piotr

I must have missed this one 🙁
I collect single grains and would like to have this one in my collection. Can I buy a bottle from you?