Thursday, January 20, 2022


The Lochlea Distillery, has today announced the launch of its inaugural single malt Scotch whisky.

Lochlea Single Malt First Release (46% ABV) was matured in a combination of first-fill Bourbon and Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks.

Lochlea Single Malt First Release

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, utilising their own barley and natural water resources to ensure full traceability from field to cask.

Lochlea Single Malt First Release, is said to deliver notes of fresh orchard fruit, apple, zesty orange and pear drops, brown sugar, toffee and vanilla fudge on the nose. Followed by notes of burnt caramel, hazelnuts, stewed fruit, toasted oats, cinnamon and clove on the palate.

Commenting on the launch, John Campbell, Lochlea Production Director and Master Blender, said: “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. We’re looking forward to seeing bottles of Lochlea being opened, shared and enjoyed. This will provide a taste of what’s to come as we prepare to launch our core expression and some limited small batches this year.”

Lochlea Single Malt First Release, will be available from specialist retailers from January 25th (Burns Night) for a RRP of £50.00.

Posted by Steve Rush