This is a 29 year Lochside bottled by Ryst-Dupeyron under the Captain Burn’s label for the French market. The Lochside distillery was closed in 1992 and demolished in 2005.
Nose: Very punchy playdough notes followed by prominent oak dusted with cumin along with slight vanilla and raisins.
Palate: Great mouthfeel – very full and oily. Mangoes and cantaloupe with salty malt and ancient oak. Still rather oak forward, but the tropical fruit notes add some nice contrast and help brighten it overall.
Finish: Bright mango and passion fruit right away that fades into oak and white pepper. Very long finish.
Rating: 91/100 – My first Lochside, and I’m rather impressed. I’m a sucker for tropical fruit notes in my malt, so this was right up my alley.
Value for the money: Lochside stock is fairly rare these days, so they are expensive and mostly found at auction. This bottle was a little over $300 I believe which is a pretty fair price given the rare nature of their distillate and the age/quality.