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Loch Lomond 12 Year Old

(70cl, 46%)

Loch Lomond 12 Year Old

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Loch Lomond 12 Year Old Bottling Note

12 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Loch Lomond, whom are well known for being able to produce a wide variety of styles of whisky in their distillery in the Highland region. This particular expression was drawn from a selection of three cask types - bourbon casks, refill casks and recharged casks.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Creamy vanilla, with a touch of freshly baked apple turnover.

Palate: Brown sugar and five-spice. Orchard fruit notes continue, with a hint of yellow plum too.

Finish: Quite drying, though still sweet with vanilla.

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Loch Lomond 12 Year Old Reviews

Great whisky, pour into wide brimmed glass..

I can't fathom all the bad reviews. I think it is due to subjectivity of tastes. The whsiky itself is very very good. What's not good is the many people don't know how to drink it neat. Straight and simple: Decork the bottle, let it sit opened for an hour, pour a dram into wide brimmed glass and swirl it. Then try it. All dark liquors need contact with air (and with water) to release the flavor and mellow out. Lastly, most good whiskies and whiskeys are 45% ABV and higher. Ethanol is molecular flavor carrier, so the more the better. Enjoy!

15th November 2020

Wonderful smell with an underwhelming palate

The nose on this is absolutely delightful- beautifully fruity and fragrant. However I unfortunately find the palate to be quite dull, although I actively disliked it upon my first taste with it. It is certainly not an awful whisky and the second tasting brought about a gentle warming to the taste. I wish I could say more.

3rd July 2020

More acclimated palate may be required

This is my first peated whisky in a long time and this reminds me in taste and nose of Copenhagen straight chewing tobacco. Not bad, but struggling to find more in it until water is added to bring sweeter fruit flavors. I’ve drank bourbon almost exclusively for 10 years until now so take it for what it’s worth.

2nd July 2020

Yeah it's alright

Nose - creamy and heavy on apples. Very nice

Palate - sweet, very sweet. Brown sugar. Apples

Finish- bit short but again apples, sweet.

Overall, it's an alright little dram, for the price yeah, I'd pick one up it. Definitely worth it. Reminds me of glengoyne 12.

1st July 2020

Superb value

This really was a surprise given some negative reviews (that's whisky tasting for you). Lovely smooth oily mouth feel (much better than it sounds), got the smoky nose and interesting dry finish. A really complex whisky for the price. I'd fully agree with those that have rated it 4-5 stars.

21st June 2020

creamy with a kick.

First taste of this and very satisfying. Agree with the tasting notes with an emphasis on the creaminess. It also kicks nice in the back of the throat.

11th June 2020

A complex and feisty highlander

Beautifully complex. I would not pour it for a first timer. If you are a newer whisky drinker or prefer main stream blends you'll only get the "medicinal/grain alchohol" notes that the low reviews write of. 46% but feels like 48. Strong burn on the finish that you can really explore if you give her time.

Full bodied oak that melows over time, cherries, baked apples in brown sugar.

5th June 2020

Too much character for some I guess...

I am shocked by all the bad reviews of this whisky and I can only assume it is because they aren't used to the unique character of this particular distillery. I guess strong character can evoke strong reactions whether they be positive or negative. I love everything about Loch Lomond ( the distillery and the national park). They make amazingly characterful whiskies of all varieties without the use of color or chill filtration and best of all they are actually reasonably priced. I am actually a fan of the Loch Lomond original which is lower abv but for $5 more I would buy this everytime. I know this comes from the Highlands but it has that Campbeltown character I absolutely love. Oily mouthfeel, hint of sea salt, orchard fruits like apples and even a hint of peach, a whiff of peat smoke weaves its way through in the background, really remarkable stuff for the price I have paid more than double for whiskies that were this good. Buy this while you can because sadly there's no whisky like this at this price point.I have yet to have any whisky from these guys that I didn't immediately love(and I have had quite a few) keep up the good work Loch Lomond you really know what you're doing. Cheers! The Sugarbear

30th April 2020

Smooth and delightful, never disappoints!

This is a fabulous whisky! It is instantly smooth, cherries, light smoke, slightly oily, opening up to a soft pepper, vanilla, dried fruit and a closing Christmas pudding & baked pears. I'm on my 5th bottle now as it's one of my favourite everyday drams. Of the 70+ other bottles I have on my shelves to select from, this puts a smile on my face every time.

14th April 2020

Hard to beat at its price point.

I have no idea what these other guys are drinking. I think this is a superb scotch, especially for the price!

Nose:Spicy with Pungent stone/orchard fruit dominant on the nose with a whiff of smoke.

Palette:Fuller bodied Spice comes through with a nice bouquet of those orchard fruits that showed up in the nose. The barrell char comes through in the back as a nice drying (albeit short) finish.

9th March 2020

Not a beginners dram but absolutely one for the more developed pallet!

This is my current favourite evening dram. I have tried many whiskies and have over &0 different bottles in my collection, but I adore this. It’s complex, but smooth and deeply satisfying. As others have said, it does need to breathe and actually improves as you work your way down the bottle. It’s not a beginner’s Whisky, but very rewarding to spend time with. If you understand Whisky you will be very impressed with this. Great value as well!

5th October 2019


Seriously, these reviews are so funny. One gentlemen says “give it time...I opened it and now that it has been sitting a month and I am half way done with the bottle, it tastes great.” A month? To drink a bottle of Scotch? Nope. Sorry. If I can’t drink the bottle over a week, it’s gone.

18th July 2019

Bitter aftertaste that lingers

This is the first scotch I have not enjoyed in a while. There is a medicine
undertone with hints of sweet oak that quickly turn to bitter. Unfortunately, the bitter is the definitive layer that lingers. It actually made me gag a little. I could have bought a smooth Glenmoragie 10 for 10$ less.

7th July 2019


Poured over some ice, a delicious round warm whisky, I love it

30th June 2019

Not great, not bad, odd profile, too sweet.

Paid 34.99 USD. Was a bit let down upon first taste and smell. After 12 minutes in air with a drop of water, it was better but not great. Overall it honestly tastes like someone mixed peach juice and Dewars together in a glass. Too sweet, thick and unrefined palate with a bit of uninteresting peat smoke on the back end. Syrupy and unclean finish on the palate. I grabbed this because it was cheap, but should have paid 5 dollars more for Glenlivet Founders Reserve or Old Pultney 12. Glad I tried it, but wont buy it again. The only cheap scotch I ever liked was Old Pultney 12. When will I learn to just stick with the established brands?

15th May 2019

Very, very bad

The first time I have ever returned an (open) bottle to the store for an exchange. Absolute swill. An hour later I still have the taste of poisonous cough syrup in my mouth. Easily the worst single malt I have ever tried. It is nothing but bitter oak followed by a nasty metallic, chemical aftertaste which lingers long after its welcome. And I forked out $70AUD for this swill. I would not drink it if you paid me. Be warned...

14th May 2019

Give it time!

This is a very good whisky. And it has very unique flavors. However, immediately after opening the bottle, I thought the nose was terrible. I thought something was wrong with it. Upon tasting it, I felt better. It had an interesting flavor (tropical fruits). I decided to give the bottle some time. Now I am about halfway through it (about a month later). The character has really improved. The nose is now interesting. The palate is even better. And the finish is nice and long with a peaty tang. Give this one some time.

11th February 2019


Unfortunately I have to agree with the most negative reviews... Strong nose of unfiltered grain alcohol and medicine heart drops, very cringy. Taste is a bit better, some vanilla, oak, (bourbon cask??? in your dreams maybe), aftertaste of strong alcohol and oak... Reading all the good reviews makes me think I got some bad bottle???????

20th January 2019

This scotch doesn’t deserve to be called whisky. It’s barely whiskey

I’d sooner have a case of the clap than a case of this scotch. The price piqued my interest but the whisky was nearly unpalatable. If you’re looking for a cheap buzz I recommend trying Stetson or Brute on the rocks before you offend all your senses with the poison of Loch Lomond.

13th January 2019

Better as it waits

A bit sharp on the first taste. Smoother after the initial sip. Has a sweet finish, but not much peat or smoke. Quite drinkable.

5th January 2019

Wish I could get it in Canada

Purchased a bottle while visiting Scotland from Canada. Unable to order anymore! I don’t particularly like whiskey but it’s the best one I have had so far. Hopefully I can find a website that ships to Canada!

3rd December 2018

I bought 4 bottles. It’s that good!

What a great find this whisky is! A delightful 12 year old that is fully complex and never disappoints. This one needs to breath in the glass for a few minutes to flourish and release the excessive alcohol and then may require a splash of water, depending on your taste preference. I don’t pick up on the light peat but there is a hint of smoke which mixes wonderful with an oily caramel and spice combination that works beautifully. It’s a fabulous whisky and great value. Don’t store it, drink it!

27th November 2018

strong and weird taste

Too Strong

15th November 2018


It's a great whisky in it's own right, but seeing as I picked up a bottle for £31 at my local bottle shop it became a superb whisky. Price shouldn't matter I know but I just wasn't expecting it to be this nice.

I get a peppery taste to begin with finished of by a hint of sweet meringue type flavour. Really recommend it, a lovely surprise.

18th May 2018

Bonnie Bonnie Banker

Yeah, that's the 2nd time I used that summary line... Sure... but it's wholly accurate and a good line.

Loch Lomond has become a bit of a favourite. Not so impressed with the Glengarry but the Inchmoan is good, the Inchmurrins are pretty great and the Loch Lomonds have been superb, in my experience.

Above average 12 year, I rec.


16th April 2018

Give it some air

The more I drink it, the more I love it. It surely benefits from some air in the bottle. Although I barely get notes of smoke, I get some charred wood and lots of fruit. The Bourbon casks add vanilla and the finish is decent and fresh (berries). very good everyday dram which never disappoints!

11th April 2018

Amazing finish

Really confused by the mixed reviews on this whisky. If it's within your preferred taste spectrum of a sweet, fruity whisky with hints of peat and smoke then you will simply love this.

4th March 2018

Good solid cupboard staple

Very woody on the nose at first then a hint of stewed fruit. Opens up to a very creamy scent like brandy cream and adding a drop of water brings out a very light smokey scent. Taste is woody and spices. A drop of water mellows the wood and brings out the spice a little more. Finish is not good. Lots of alcohol burn on the tongue overpowering any flavours.

24th February 2018

A real fizz bang!

I first tasted this in October 2017 when staying near Loch lomond having dinner in the Ardlui Hotel. I noticed the several distillery bottles behind the bar so asked to try one, this one being of the cheaper options (I was in Scotland after all!) and was really surprised by it. We'd already spent the day visiting the Auchentoshan distillery, and my wife wouldn't have appreciated another day trip to whiskyworld.
So, I've just received it today and it's as I recall. Sharp, spicy, lots of dazzle and some fruits whizzing around in the opposite corner. It's not a honey trip like cardhu or Dalwhinnie, but it's extremely appealing. I'm wondering if their use of wine yeast is adding this juxtaposition of flavours, either way it works really well. It's on my list of cupboard essential lists.

22nd January 2018

The scotch is in my top 10 closer to 3.

This is a five-star Scotch all the way. I received a bottle as a gift and was I surprised by how smooth and wonderful the taste of this Scotch really is. To the fellow that gave it a one-star rating I would only have to say then he probably had a cold that day. Totally enjoyable. Thank you

3rd November 2017



2nd November 2017

Good single malt

Like the subtle smoke and pleasant finish. Would buy it again.

12th October 2017

Nice dram for the price

Nice smooth dram. I agree with the tasting notes, however, I was picking up a faint hint of banana at the finish.

29th September 2017

Great whisky

Great tasting Whisky. I can't understand how someone could give it a poor rating. It is five stars from me.

17th September 2017

Great Scotch!

Smooth, easy drinking. A value buy.

13th September 2017


I don't know what old mate was talking about who gave this wonderful dram a 1 star! This was delicious whisky! I highly recommend you try it for yourself and let your tastebuds decide!

11th September 2017

Not a good one

Very disappointed. Grain! Nose was interesting initially but it's a bit rough.. cough drops. Medicine. Short finish. Even water doesn't save this. Cask is adding nout, I'd bet it's been used a few too many times and in block storage without care. Even at 46% this has very little flavour. Oh dear, not a good one.

30th July 2017

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