Wednesday, April 03, 2024


The Ayrshire based Lochlea Distillery, has today announced the launch of first expression from the final part of their Seasonal trilogy series.

Lochlea Sowing Edition – Third Crop (46% ABV) is a limited-edition single malt Scotch whisky, which has been matured in ex-Bourbon barrels.

Lochlea Sowing Edition - Third Crop

The multi-award-winning grain-to-cask distillery celebrates the farming calendar with the four Seasonal releases during the year, each one showcasing a different side to Lochlea’s house style of spirit.

The four whiskies in the First Crop were released from early 2022, followed by Second Crop kicking off last spring with Sowing, ending with Ploughing in March earlier this year.  Once the Third Crop has been released this year, there will be no more Seasonal releases from the distillery.

Sowing marks the point of the year that the new barley crop is sown around the distillery on the farm – the start of spring and new life appearing. This spring will be the 8th year of barley grown on the farm at Lochlea.

All the casks that have gone into the final recipe have been hand-picked by John Campbell, Lochlea’s Production Director, and his team at the distillery. With each new Crop, the whiskies in the Seasonal range are getting older, with this latest release being nearly the same age as the recently released and sold-out Lochlea 5 Year Old.

Commenting on the launch, John Campbell, said: “Our third and final Crop of the Seasonal releases will offer whisky lovers the chance to taste our maturing limited-edition releases and even compare them with the past two Crops, so they can see how our whiskies are evolving. The Seasonal Editions have been a brilliant platform for us to showcase our whisky in different cask types and highlight the farming calendar.”

 He went onto say: “One of the main differences between our last Sowing Edition (Second Crop) and our new Third Crop is when the spirit was distilled. Second Crop was distilled in warmer months, whereas the new release in colder months. Distillation during warmer periods results in more of a stewed fruit flavour, whereas in the colder months we see much more of a crisp, fresh fruit flavour – in the case of this spirit, delicious green apple and pear.”

Lochlea Sowing Edition – Third Crop, will be available from specialist retailers from April 25th, for a RRP of £51.50.


Posted by Steve Rush