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Archive LOCHSIDE 1981

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : vieil or.
  • Nose : pulpeux, huileux. Tout d’abord, exotique à souhait (ananas, passion, papaye). Des agrumes (citron, pamplemousse), plusieurs variétés de pommes (reine-claude, reinette) et quelques fruits secs (abricot, pêche) viennent enrichir son caractère fruité. Son aisance cache en réalité une grande fermeté épicée (poivre gris, muscade), végétale (orgeat, tabac frais) et finement boisée (chêne, bois précieux).
  • Palate : ample, racée. Les épices ont pris l’ascendant. Elle se révèle même médicinale (camphre). Elle forme un bloc compact où l’on retrouve des notes de bitume, d’encaustique (cire, cuir) et de havane. Puis, les fleurs capiteuses font leur apparition (chèvrefeuille, genêt, mimosa). Voluptueuse, elle est adoucie par du miel de bruyère.
  • Overall : longue, complexe. Mélange harmonieux de zestes d’orange, de noix grillée, de praline et de réglisse, elle se montre au fur et à mesure épicée (girofle) et pimentée (baume du tigre). Véritable melting pot, le verre vide dévoile des notes de coriandre, de cumin, de vétiver, de cerise à l’eau de vie, de pommes, de prunes mûres, d’abricot et de melon confits…
The brand

Merchant

This independent bottler is without a doubt one of the most highly acclaimed in Scotland. It stands out, not for its age (though it is the oldest independent bottler in Scotland), but for its complete mastery of cask ageing. Gordon & MacPhail is the only bottler to have its own casks - carefully chosen for the purpose - filled by the distilleries themselves, instead of simply buying the ones suggested to them by the latter. This allows it to determine, in advance and with great precision, exactly how many years a whisky will need to reach ideal maturation.

The line

Cask strength simply means that the contents of the cask have not been diluted with water. This is therefore a range of whiskies that have been bottled at their natural strength without any dilution. These whiskies are also not chill filtered – enabling a finer appreciation of their character – and carry a detailed label specifying the number(s) of the cask(s) in the blend, the date of the distillation and the bottling, and usually the type of cask(s) selected. This range will delight fans of special release whiskies bottled at cask strength.

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