Thursday, October 19, 2023


The Ayrshire based Lochlea Distillery, has announced the launch of its latest Fallow Edition release, which pays homage to the autumn months on their farm, when the land finally has time to rest and be restored.

Lochlea Fallow Edition – Second Crop (46% ABV) is a single malt Scotch whisky, which has been matured in a combination of Pedro Ximénez Sherry casks (55%) and Oloroso Sherry casks (45%).

Lochlea Fallow Edition - Second Crop

After nearly five months of barley growth on the farm - followed by harvest in September - the team at Lochlea plant cover crops of mustard and radish to open up the soil through winter, whilst also creating a leafy canopy to help prevent soil erosion. This cover crop is then intensively grazed with sheep for 4 to 6 weeks, before it is consolidated back into the soil as added organic material.

In addition to this, straw bales - which are the by-product of growing barley - are provided to neighbouring farmers for them to use as bedding for their cattle. Some of this comes back as manure, which is then spread back onto the barley fields in the winter before ploughing – all adding to the natural and sustainable practices which are a key part of every-day life at Lochlea.

Commenting on the launch, John Campbell, Production Director at Lochlea, said: “In this ‘Fallow Edition’ (Second Crop) - the third in our new set of four seasonal limited editions – we have used a combination of Oloroso and Pedro Ximé nez (PX) Sherry Butts. The introduction of the PX casks this year creates a very different flavour profile to our first release of ‘Fallow Edition’ (First Crop) last year, which saw us use only Oloroso casks. This warming and unctuous whisky starts with aromas of rich manuka honey, moving to luscious golden syrup and ground coffee beans. Layers of sweetly spiced candied ginger follow on the palate, leading to the finish offering hints of freshly crushed almonds.”

Lochlea Fallow Edition – Second Crop, will be available later this month from specialist retailers, for a RRP of £51.50.


Posted by Steve Rush