Tuesday, May 28, 2024


The Ayrshire based Lochlea Distillery, has announced the launch of its second cask strength whisky.

Lochlea Cask Strength Batch 2 (60% ABV) is a single malt Scotch whisky, which has been matured in a combination of different cask types; Pedro Ximénez Sherry (60%), Oloroso Sherry (28%) and STR barriques (12%).

Lochlea Cask Strength Batch 2

Each cask is said to bring a different dimension to the final vatting: the Oloroso brings a creamy, dry and fruity character, the STR casks offer a spice and depth and the PX gives an interesting and unique sweet mustiness to the spirit.

This latest bottling is one of the oldest Lochlea whiskies to be released, with the majority of the liquid being five years old alongside a small amount of four-year-old spirit. The five-year-old spirit in the bottling also adds a fuller complexity to the final whisky.

Commenting on the launch, John Campbell, Lochlea’s Production Director, said: “Last year's Cask Strength exceeded expectations for a 4-year-old, setting a high standard. With Batch 2 this year, we've once again surpassed expectations. This whisky packs a punch, showcasing a complexity greater than the sum of its parts. Batch 2 has less of the signature Lochlea green apple dominance, but will have more weight to it, with a floral, lively palate.”

Lochlea Cask Strength Batch 2, will be available from June 10th, from specialist retailers, for a RRP of £66.50.

Posted by Steve Rush