Lochlea Distillery to launch first whisky this year

Malcolm Rennie is the manager of the Scottish Lowland distillery


Without much publicity, a new whisky distillery has grown up in Ayrshire in recent years. Planning for the Lochlea Distillery began in 2014 and after an investment of 6 million pounds, the first new make flew out of the still in August 2018. That means Lochlea will have whisky in the warehouse in a few weeks. The plan is to release the first whisky later this year.

The manager of the Lowland distillery is already wellknown in the whisky scene: Malcolm Rennie has been in the business for 34 years and work for example at Bruichladdich, Ardbeg and Kilchoman. Before establishing Lochlea he was involved in setting up the Annandale Distillery.



From field to glass

Lochlea Distillery is privately owned and proud to produce the raw material for the whisky themselves - it is located on a farm where the grain for whisky production is grown. There is also an own water source on the premises and the casks with the (future) Lochlea Whisky are stored on the farm as well.

Malcolm Rennie says: “Ensuring full traceability from field to cask is vital for us. We grow and harvest our own barley on Lochlea farm with the resulting draff used to feed local cattle and the water is sourced on-site. We’ve been able to take advantage of Ayrshire’s natural resources and in doing so it keeps our carbon footprint to a minimum.”

A long fermentation time and a very slow distillation with a high, narrow cut of the heart result in a very elegant and fruity spirit, the distillery reports. Commercial Manager David Ferguson says: “Lochlea Whisky will carve out its own unique place in the industry. The new make spirit is bursting with orchard fruit and has a beautiful elegance way beyond its years.

Once a resident of Lochlea Farm: Robert Burns

Many have already heard of Lochlea Farm in a different context: In 1777 it became the home of 18-year-old Robert Burns when his father became the tenant of the farm. For the next seven years, the future national poet of Scotland worked here in the fields on which now the grain for Lochlea Whisky grows.

Images: Lochlea Distillery