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Lochlea Distillery Launches Its First Core Single Malt Whisky

Scotland’s Lochlea Distillery recently launched their first core single malt whisky, called Lochlea Our Barley.

The new expression joins Lochlea’s seasonal limited editions and is the first Lochlea whisky to be fully crafted by Production Director John Campbell since he joined the company in November of 2021.

Campbell, also Lochlea’s master blender, said the new Lochlea Our Barley is a marriage of three styles of cask types that help to give a greater depth of flavor to their whisky.

Lochlea Our Barley
Lochlea Our Barley (image via Lochlea)

“We use first-fill bourbon barrels, STR barriques and Oloroso Sherry butts to compliment the signature Lochlea flavors,” he said, in a statement from the distiller. “The use of these casks will give Lochlea Our Barley extra vanilla, caramel, floral and dried fruit notes and the liquid some extra dryness to create a more rounded and deeper taste profile for our Lochlea consumers.”

Thanks to greater sales of the first two products released this year, a greater volume of Lochlea Our Barley was bottled. But as demand continues to outweigh supply, the distiller has noted that previous cases were on allocation across the UK and for export partners.

Lochlea’s Commercial Manager David Ferguson said, “I get excited each time we bring a new whisky to market, but with Our Barley in particular, I can’t wait for more people to get hold of bottles, try them and let us know what they think. This will be many consumers’ first taste of Lochlea, and the casks John has selected for this one give real depth, alongside the signature Lochlea cereal and fruit notes. To me, it’s our best whisky yet.”

Their newest expression clocks in at 46% ABV, and has a suggested retail price of £45.

Lochlea Our Barley distiller’s notes:

  • Nose: Pear syrup, fruit bon-bons, warm cut grass, marmalade.
  • Palate: Golden syrup, pepper, rye bread, macadamia nuts, cream soda.
  • Finish: A long finish with a lovely lasting orange beeswax notes.
  • ABV: 46%
  • SRP: £45

Lochlea Distillery is an independent single malt distillery based on Lochlea farm in the heart of Ayrshire. The family-run farm grows and harvests their own barley, ensuring full traceability from field to bottle. Lochlea is the only distillery where Robert Burns actually lived and worked on the farm, from 1777-1784.

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