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First Bottling From Ayrshire Distillery
The independently owned Lochlea Distillery is launching its inaugural whisky on Burns Night (January 25th). The date seems appropriate, since the distillery resides on the Ayrshire farm that was Burns’ home and workplace from 1777 to 1784.
Lochlea began distilling in 2018, utilising their own barley and water resources to ensure full traceability from field to cask.
Production Director, John Campbell, said:
“This is the first opportunity for people to enjoy a dram from Lochlea, just in time for Burns Night.
“Our first single malt release isn’t quite what you expect from a typical lowland malt. For us, on the nose it is bursting with fresh orchard fruit and zesty orange, with vanilla fudge and a lovely cereal note in the background. The palette is rich and sweet with burnt caramel and hazelnuts with a medium mouth coating to finish while still holding on to that fruit.
“We’re looking forward to seeing bottles of Lochlea being opened, shared and enjoyed. This will provide a taste of what’s to come as we prepare to launch our core expression and some limited small batches this year.”
Commercial Manager, David Ferguson, added:
“This is an exciting moment for us. The team have worked tirelessly to get everything organised and bring our first whisky to market. Now we can’t wait to hear what customers think.
“We already have plans in place to release our ongoing core single malt whisky this year, alongside quarterly small batch bottlings. So this is very much just the beginning for Lochlea.”
The Single Malt whisky was matured in first-fill Bourbon and Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks and has been bottled at 46% with no added colouring or chill-filtration.
Lochlea Single Malt First Release will be available from whisky and spirits shops around the UK and in 10 export markets. RRP is £50.
A second release is scheduled to follow in the Spring.
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