Lochlea Single Malt Scotch Whisky - First Release Jan 2022
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The first release from Lochlea Distillery is finally here! Bottled at 46% ABV, this first release single malt whisky was matured in fresh first-fill Bourbon and Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks.
Lochlea Distillery is rooted in Scottish history as Robert Burns called Lochlea his home throughout his formative years, from 1777 through until his father’s death in 1784. It is therefore fitting that this inaugural whisky has been released on our National Bard's birthday on 25th January.
This whisky will showcase the DNA of their Lochlea spirit, with a slight twist, ensuring it is different to their core expression which is set to be released in mid-2022.
Net weight: 1.6kg
Nose: Bursting with fresh orchard fruit, apple, zesty orange and pear drops. Some brown sugar, toffee and vanilla fudge in the background.
Palate: Rich and sweet, with burnt caramel and hazelnuts. Still plenty of stewed fruit and now some toasted oats, cinnamon and clove coming through.
Finish: Medium mouth coating, holding on to that fresh fruit, cereal sweetness and gentle spice.
Lochlea is an independently-owned distillery which has been quietly producing, casking, and maturing their spirit over the last few years, patiently waiting to share the fruits of their labour with the world.
Initially led by the experience and expertise of distillery manager Malcolm Rennie, and now under the management of ex-Laphroaig Distillery Manager John Campbell. Having built up one of the top ten Scotch brands in the world over the past 27 years, John brings a wealth of knowledge and a burning ambition to help Lochlea fulfil its potential.
And the result? A whisky for drinking. A whisky that’s not just a bottle to be admired, collected, or saved. It's a whisky that should find its home in cocktail cabinets, around campfires, in wedding hip flasks, and in your favourite bars, pubs, and restaurants.
Love, care and attention from field to cask has been paramount in creating Malcolm's masterpiece. The family-run farm grows and harvests their own barley with draff used to feed local cattle. The water is raised from aquifers in the limestone deep below the steading.
Rooted in Scottish history, Robert Burns called Lochlea his home throughout his formative years, from 1777 through until his father’s death in 1784. By day, Burns worked hard on the farm and in the evening he enjoyed the company of his friends, debating at the Bachelors Club in nearby Tarbolton. This location has inspired the honest, passionate and progressive nature of Lochlea whisky.