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Loch Lomond Introduces New Single Malts To Celebrate The Open At Royal Liverpool

Loch Lomond Whiskies, also known as “The Spirit of The Open,” recently introduced two new limited-edition expressions celebrating a long-standing golf relationship.

Loch Lomond Open Special Edition and Loch Lomond Open Course Collection were recently released to mark the 151st Open at Royal Liverpool, one of golf’s most prestigious events. The Open is the sport’s original championship, bringing together the best players in the world, who take to the links in July.

A statement from Loch Lomond notes that the two new single malts come in black and silver cartons, meant to capture Loch Lomond Whiskies’ distillery style developed using their unique straight neck stills.

Loch Lomond Whiskies Golf Editions 2023
Loch Lomond Whiskies, also known as “The Spirit of The Open,” recently introduced two new limited-edition expressions celebrating a long-standing golf relationship. (image via Loch Lomond)

Using this distilling method, Master Blender Michael Henry said he has the creative freedom to explore flavor in a more inventive way, shaping the character of the whisky at the point of distillation. The final result is a spirit with a distinctive fruit flavor.

Loch Lomond Open Course Edition is an organic 22-year-old single malt distilled in 2000 on the banks of Loch Lomond, and limited to 4,500 bottles globally.

It was certified organic and distilled in a combination of the straight neck stills and the more traditional swan neck stills. The distiller’s notes show that over the course of 22 years of maturation, the orchard fruit intensifies, making a whisky with flavors of tropical fruit, pineapple, mango, grapefruit and vanilla with a hint of toasted oak, ginger and cinnamon on the finish.

The other addition to this year’s golf range, Loch Lomond Open Special Edition, was made in partnership with Loch Lomond Whiskies’ long-term golf ambassador, Colin Montgomerie.

The whisky was aged in American oak casks before finishing its maturation journey in the red wine Rioja Alta Reserva cask. The distiller’s notes show this brings out the whisky’s notes of red berry, orchard fruit and creamy vanilla with dark chocolate, featuring a soft smoke on the finish.

Each whisky pack is designed with a QR code that will take consumers to an Augmented Reality digital experience. In addition to seeing the Claret Jug appear in 3D, consumers will be able to access exclusive golf content that celebrates some of the most historic championship moments as well as immersive video content, inspired by The Spirit of The Open.

Master Blender Henry said, “Our golf range is always incredibly popular, and these two new limited-edition single malt whiskies will not disappoint. We have been distilling whisky on the banks of Loch Lomond since 1814, crafting fine single malts which are every bit as delicious as the landscape is stunning. Pushing the boundaries of distillation, we explore new and inventive ways to bring flavor to life.”

Loch Lomond The Open Special Edition 2023 clocks in at 46% ABV and has a suggested price of £45. Loch Lomond The Open Course Edition 2023 comes in at 48.2% ABV and costs £240. They’re available now at www.lochlomondwhiskies.com, and from specialist whisky retailers starting April 17th.

Gary Carter

Gary Carter has been at the helm of metro newspapers, magazines, and television news programs as well as a radio host and marketing manager. He is a writer/editor/photographer/designer by trade, with more than 30 years experience in the publishing and marketing field. Gary enjoys working to build something great, whether that be a novel project, a start-up, an organization, a fresh-face to the journalistic world, or even something as simple as a short story. A native Texan and a Pacific Northwest convert, he is a whiskey enthusiast who cut his teeth on it ... literally!

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