ralfy review 812 – Loch Lomond 18yo @ 46%vol:



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36 Comments
  1. Reply
    Al Antosca February 11, 2020 at 4:15 am

    I learn something new with each review. Thanks for continuing to educate us while in the journey! Also enjoying the book! Currently sitting on a beach in the Bahamas with a good book… yours!

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    Al Antosca February 11, 2020 at 4:15 am

    I learn something new with each review. Thanks for continuing to educate us while in the journey! Also enjoying the book! Currently sitting on a beach in the Bahamas with a good book… yours!

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    Durpurz 89 February 11, 2020 at 4:17 am

    Ralfy. Give this one some time. I was horrified at the beginning but pleasantly suprised at the last half of the bottle. The rancid notes had subsided haha.

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    Bishopburn Boy February 11, 2020 at 4:25 am

    A malty tongue twister
    Still , Loch Lomond still distils in Lomond stills

  5. Reply
    DJ Scottdog February 11, 2020 at 4:27 am

    Younger loch Lomond reminds me of pear schnapps, inchfad isnt bad tho

  6. Reply
    Peter Aa February 11, 2020 at 4:51 am

    Some years ago Horst Luening put up a great video and dito publication on chill filtering. Apparently experts fail to identify chill filtered whisky's in a blind taste test. I still prefer chill filtered though, but as a statement of the natural state of the product. It's just more.. untampered with that way. Also, I'm not an expert! 🙂
    Ralfy, I hope you keep making these as frequently as you do as I enjoy every single one you make(while masticating my meritorious malt). Hopefully one day you will make an Extra on non age statement whisky and the state of affairs in Scottish distilleries. It seems that it is becoming increasingly difficult to get an age statement whisky and entire product lines are almost exclusively NAS! But can NASs be any good (I think they can 😉 and should one support NAS expressions (I think one should, but for the right reasons). So much for my unsollicited request 🙂

  7. Reply
    Tony Michaels February 11, 2020 at 4:56 am

    “A generalised non-personality malt”. The review in 5 words. Excellent.

  8. Reply
    thebluep0tat0 February 11, 2020 at 4:56 am

    I’m sorry Ralfy, but you really know how to make someone feel like I just wasted my $. I love this dram and had my first taste of LL18 in Scotland and have been drinking scotch for over 15 years – so I know my drams. I just really like this expression and just picked up a new bottle and regardless of what the distillery looks like or if it is colored, I’m
    Happy.

  9. Reply
    The Whisky Jury February 11, 2020 at 5:04 am

    Your new cap looks smoothed to perfection.

  10. Reply
    Daniel McEvoy February 11, 2020 at 5:13 am

    I've been sipping whiskey going on 30 years. I'm a customer not a consumer. That being said, my shelf is about half integrity and half basic malts and American spirits. I suspect with a bigger selection available it would be different. Too bad chill filtration is even legal.

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    grbadalamenti February 11, 2020 at 5:13 am

    Hi Ralfy, why not leave the bottle open for a couple of days if leaving the dram breathe works a charm on the whisky? I tried this trick you already mentioned in other reviews on a bottle of Ben Bracken Speyside Single Malt (a LIDL brand) and it got way better in the sense it became more malt driven than alcohol driven. Thanks for all the quality you keep delivering to the community!

  12. Reply
    Pharmacists do it over the counter February 11, 2020 at 5:16 am

    Captain Haddock loves this stuff. Blistering blue barnacles

  13. Reply
    spankmeister February 11, 2020 at 5:33 am

    This video feels a bit off-kilter!

  14. Reply
    spankmeister February 11, 2020 at 5:35 am

    Is that Ciara raging outside?

  15. Reply
    sav February 11, 2020 at 5:42 am

    Loch Lomond don't add caramel to their age statement whiskies but you will find it in their cheaper NAS products.

  16. Reply
    yermanoh February 11, 2020 at 5:53 am

    bit of a tilt on the old camera there ralfy, quality content as per usual …

  17. Reply
    Jonathan Bingham February 11, 2020 at 6:06 am

    Ralfy, do you think they’ve used paxarette to season some casks for the secondary maturation?

  18. Reply
    Colby W February 11, 2020 at 6:31 am

    Thanks for doing my malt mention Ralfy. I have a Inchmoan bottle split coming my way via a malt mate and was very relieved when you said the peated Loch Lomond releases were noticeably better. Thanks for all your great and honest reviews

  19. Reply
    Malted Bastard February 11, 2020 at 7:18 am

    I do actually quite like Loch Lomond, they do put out some bottlings that shouts 'We're trying our best!' and I really find that so endearing.

  20. Reply
    EyeWitnessChina February 11, 2020 at 8:13 am

    Not good enough.

  21. Reply
    Donner Pass Whiskey February 11, 2020 at 8:46 am

    Just finished a Old Particular 22 yr Loch Lomond 22yr all malt single grain. Amazing stuff with the unique character that Nikka Coffey Malt has but with so much more subtle character. Have heard that Loch Lomond sells quite a bit of Whisky to Japan so maybe some is in those Nikka bottles ? Have had the distillery bottling if the 12 which is interesting and low priced but is obviously very colored. So strange that they bottle at 46% NCF but heavily color? Cheers

  22. Reply
    Trust kill February 11, 2020 at 8:53 am

    The organic 12 is great

  23. Reply
    Joe Wiener February 11, 2020 at 9:45 am

    Should have been 78

  24. Reply
    Adam Farnsworth February 11, 2020 at 10:14 am

    Ralfy is sassy today!

  25. Reply
    Mike W. February 11, 2020 at 11:56 am

    I bought this at the same time I bought Glen Scotia 15 for the first time. The Glen Scotia was excellent at it's price point here in NYC. (Although I can't rave about it like you did) The Loch Lomond was accessible and unremarkable for an 18 yo malt.

  26. Reply
    Cliff Norman February 11, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    When you try and be too clever for your own good it is embarrassing. Just do your reviews of what is in the bottle. Your pretentious know it all attitude is NOT what made you famous. It was your down to earth attitude and presentation without the pretentiousness got you to where you are. Telling us all how very clever and experienced you are is getting boring. It's time that you take stock of yourself.

  27. Reply
    Reb Mordechai February 11, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    As you said Ralfy, the Loch Lomond other rages are a lot more interesting. The Inchmurrin and the heavily peated (50 PPM) Inchmoan have a lot more character to them. Speaking to the assistant manager at Glen Scotia, he bemoans the fact that the parent company insists on adding a ton of E150a, far too much. This makes all their whiskies look the same rusty brown. I would particularly recommend the Inchmurrin 18. A combination of dried spices, dried fruit and nut cake and burnt caramalised Crème Brulee.

  28. Reply
    bruce bidwell February 11, 2020 at 1:23 pm

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  29. Reply
    Vladimir Stanisav February 11, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    Ralfy what are you planning for review no. 1000?

  30. Reply
    Primal Mike February 11, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    Ralphy, i like the new designs of the aran whiskies, non chill filtered and natural colour are now extremely prominent on the whisky.

  31. Reply
    Maurizio Cordina February 11, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    Quite frankly i cannot understand why you described this distillery as producing uneventful and bland whiskies when in actual fact you gave 90/100 to a whisky produced by this same distillery which is Inchmurrin 12

  32. Reply
    Aly R February 11, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Happy Malty Monday Dear Sir!

  33. Reply
    Alexandr Titarenko February 11, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    the best of the best…always soft taste…uisge beatha (Aqua vitae)…scotch tape unique drink really dear…vodka is a hundred times worse

  34. Reply
    thegoldencat February 11, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    Having tried the Loch Lomond 12 year old, I will not be trying anymore Loch Lomond whisky.

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    malty mission February 11, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Loch Lomond can be a bit all over the place in terms of quality. Quite enjoyed what I 've tried from their Island range (the 12 yo Inchmurrin especially) and recently quite liked their 17 yo organic cask strength as well, yet some of the standard range can be a bit plain perhaps?

  36. Reply
    Michael Davis February 11, 2020 at 11:10 pm

    I have watched quite a few Ralfy Reviews over the years and I've noticed one phenomenon to be absolutely true: If the bottle of whiskey up for review is only slightly emptied, THE WHISKY BEING REVIEWED IS GOING TO BE A REAL STINKER! Don't believe me? Just look at that bottle of 18yo, 46% abv Loch Lomand; it looks like Ralfy's been avoiding it like the plague! And remember, he just poured 2 drams of that swag! Mark my words: Half-empty bottle, Ralfy's found nectar of the Gods. Bottle 5/8 full, it's going to take a thrashing like Theresa May at a Nigel Farage rally! Just a sunshine thought from a long-time viewer/subscriber; cheers, and pass a wee dram (or two) of the single cask GLENALLACHIE (a cask strength show-stopper, I'm told!).

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