The Loch Lomond 54 Years Old whisky was produced the year after the distillery's bespoke straight-neck pot stills – the only ones of their kind in use in Scotland – began production in 1966. The spirit was originally matured in a refill American oak hogshead before being recasked into a refill European oak sherry hogshead in 1994.
The whisky is presented in a Glencairn Crystal decanter (comprising 30 per cent lead crystal) that is styled the distillery's recently refreshed bottle design and features a hand-engraved plinth base with gold accents. It is housed in an oak box, contoured to represent the area surrounding the single malt's namesake loch.
Loch Lomond Whiskies master blender Michael Henry said: "We are honoured to take our name from the most famous of all Scotland’s lochs. Loch Lomond is a very special part of the world, spectacularly marking the boundary between the lowlands and the highlands of Scotland.
“From the wild peaks of the magnificent Ben Lomond to the rocky coastline and sprawling glens close to the distillery, the location epitomises everything that Scotland stands for and has inspired many poets, writers, musicians, and artists for generations. Today, its beauty has been the guiding influence of our whisky and is reflected on the beautiful presentation box in which it is housed."
Henry continued: “It takes a very special cask of whisky to make it to 54 years old, and the expectations are high when working with liquid as special and scarce as this. It was a huge undertaking and came with great responsibility. Selecting and perfecting this single malt was a true honour, and we’re proud to announce its release – ready to be enjoyed as a rare piece of distilling history.
“Although steeped in tradition, innovation sits at the very heart of our approach to whisky making. We believe this is the best way to create great whisky of unwavering quality.”
The Loch Lomond 54 Years Old single malt whisky is bottled at 41.1% ABV without chill filtration. Just 55 bottles will be available globally with a recommended price of £24,000.
Tasting notes supplied by Loch Lomond Whiskies say to expect notes of crème caramel, orange peel, pineapple, honey, elderflower and warming oak spice in the 54 Years Old.