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Lochlea Drops New Single Malt Whisky On Burns Night

Lochlea Single Malt is set to release its first expression, marking 245 years since Scotland’s most famous bard moved to Lochlea.

Every year, the Scottish celebrate Burns Night, an annual party in honor of the life of writer and poet Robert Burns, the man who penned ‘Auld Lang Syne.’

And based on the Ayrshire farm which was Robert Burns’ home and workplace from 1777 to 1784, Lochlea Distillery began distilling, casking and maturing their whisky in 2018. The Lochlea team used their own barley and natural water resources to ensure full traceability from field to cask.

Lochlea Single Malt First Release
Lochlea Single Malt First Release (image via Lochlea)

John Campbell, Lochlea production director and master blender, said this new expression is the first opportunity for people to partake in 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,” Campbell explained in a prepared statement. “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.”

He said this new spirit will provide a taste of what’s to come as Lochlea prepares to launch their core expression and limited small batches later this year.

Lochlea commercial manager David Ferguson said, “This is an exciting moment for us. The team has worked tirelessly to get everything organized and bring our first whisky to market … this is very much just the beginning for Lochlea.”

Bottled at 46% ABV, the single malt whisky was matured in first-fill bourbon and Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks with no added coloring, and it’s non-chill filtered.

Lochlea Single Malt First Release is available from whisky and spirits shops around the UK and in 10 export markets. It has a suggested retail price of £50.

Lochlea Distillery is the result of more than £6m invested. The planning of the purpose-built facility started in 2014 with everything from the groundwork and foundations, through to installation of the still house equipment … taking four years to complete. Production of the liquid started in August of 2018 with the first casks filled and stock laid down in their on-site warehouse.

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