Old Rhosdhu

Bought – Online Whisky Auction, 22nd December 2013

63/100 – Malt Maniacs (average from 4 reviewers)
75/100 – Whiskybase (average from 4 member votes)

My first example of a single malt from the Loch Lomond distillery and I was disappointed to see the rating on Malt Maniacs. Then I took a look at the marks for other Loch Lomond malts and realised there was a theme here – they all mostly rate average to poor. In 2006 the Whisky Bible gives the Old Rhosdhu 5-year-old (which I believe replaced my NAS bottle) 77/100 and said “big, ungainly, molassed, caramelised chewing whisky”. So even the new version in 2006 wasn’t much of an improvement! But at least it ticks Loch Lomond distillery off the collection list.

75/100 on Whiskybase doesn’t seem so bad until you start to read the comments,  “tastes like a cheap, bad blend”, “borderline ‘down the sink’ territory due to there being very little going coupled with a poor start and finish” and “in my view not worthy to be labelled a single malt”.

Tasting notes provided on Whiskybase:
Nose: Smells like sunflowers and metallic also a little musty. There is some fruity sweetness but it is in the background.
Taste: Very weak and bitter with a few banana & custard notes. Cardboardy, there are a few pineapple notes.
Finish: Short, a little weak and a little zesty

Old Rhosdhu - Loch Lomond - 5cl


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