First whisky from Lochlea Distillery to be launched for Burns Night

The new Lowland distillery has batched the inaugural release from Bourbon cask and PX Sherry cask whisky


The release of the first whisky from a distillery is a very special event in itself. The Lochlea Distillery has also chosen a very special date for the launch of its inaugural release: January 25th is the birthday of Scotland's national poet Robert Burns. The reference to Robert Burns is not accidental, as the poet lived and worked from 1777 to 1784 at Lochlea Farm, home of the new Ayrshire whisky distillery.

Planning and construction of Lochlea Distillery had been underway since 2014, requiring an investment of over £6 mio. In 2018 the Lochlea Distillery started production and they are proud to grow the barley for the whisky themselves on the farm. From 25th January 2022 we can now get to know the whisky from this new Lowland distillery.

Bourbon casks and PX Sherry casks selected

The first edition of Lochlea Single Malt Whisky was made from first fill ex-Bourbon casks and ex-Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks. The whisky was bottled at 46% ABV in natural colour without chill filtration. In Great Britain the Lochlea Whisky will be offered at a recommended retail price of £50.

“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“, says John Campbell, Lochlea's Production Director and Master Blender. The former Laphroaig Distillery Manager has joined the distillery team in November 2021 (we reported).

Producer‘s tasting notes for the Lochlea Single Malt Whisky, Inaugural Release

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.


Images: Lochlea Distillery