Friday, January 20, 2023


The Ayrshire based Lochlea Distillery, has announced the launch of their fourth limited-edition seasonal release.

Lochlea - Ploughing Edition (46% ABV) which is the brands first peated expression, is a non-age-stated single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a combination of ex-Islay barrels and peated quarter casks.

Lochlea - Ploughing Edition

Lochlea - Ploughing Edition, which concludes their ‘First Crop’ of annual small batch bottlings showcasing Lochlea’s spirit throughout the farming seasons, represents the unequivocal connection between Lochlea Farm and Robert Burns, who lived and worked on the farm from 1777-1784.

This latest release, is inspired by the season of winter on the farm when the same fields that Burns tended are ploughed in preparation for sowing the barley seed in Spring. The bottle’s icy blue label reflects the cold and frosty west coast Ayrshire winters.

Lochlea - Ploughing Edition, is said to deliver notes of baked fruit and light peat smoke on the nose, followed by notes of old fashioned boiled sweets, cooked apples and brazil nuts on the palate.

Commenting on the launch, John Campbell, Lochlea Production Director and Master Blender, said: “Ploughing Edition” is our first peated release and showcases all the expected Lochlea flavours with a wee touch of Islay. We have matured our unpeated single malt in ex-Islay peated barrels and this delivers a lightly peated version of Lochlea that I am sure you will enjoy.”

Limited to 11,000 bottles, Lochlea - Ploughing Edition will be available from specialist retailers from January 25th, for a RRP of £50.00.

Posted by Steve Rush

Thursday, January 19, 2023


Brown-Forman, has announced the launch of the 2023 Double Double Oaked Bourbon release, from its Woodford Reserve Distillery.

Woodford Reserve Double Double Oaked – 2023 Edition (45.2% ABV) is a Kentucky Straight Bourbon, produced using the brands signature bourbon, which has been finished for a further year in heavily toasted and lightly charred American oak barrels.

Woodford Reserve Double Double Oaked - 2023 Edition

Woodford Reserve Double Double Oaked – 2023 Edition, is said to deliver notes of rich maple syrup, dark butterscotch, brittle caramel, bittersweet chocolate, burnt marshmallow and sweet hickory smoke notes on the nose. Followed by notes of rich dried cherry, cranberries, blackberry jam and hints of ripe apple on the palate.

This latest release in the annual series which started in 2015, celebrates Woodford Reserve’s Master Distiller Chris Morris’s commitment to innovation and craftsmanship.

Commenting on the launch, Chris Morris, said: “We are excited to once again offer one of our most-coveted annual bourbon releases. This is the perfect winter bourbon with tasting notes of burnt marshmallows, cranberry and bittersweet chocolate.”

Woodford Reserve Double Double Oaked – 2023 Edition, is now available exclusively from the Woodford Reserve Distillery, for a RRP of $59.99 – 375ml.

Posted by Steve Rush