Independently owned Lochlea Distillery
has launched the first in an annual limited-edition series of whiskies inspired by the changing seasons at Lochlea Farm. Sowing Edition follows Lochlea’s inaugural whisky, which launched on Burns Night earlier this year and sold out within 24 hours.
Later this year, the range of seasonal small batches will expand to include summer’s Harvest Edition, autumn’s Fallow Edition and finally Ploughing Edition in winter. The distillery will also release its core single malt in mid-2022.
Each seasonal expression will link to what is happening on site at the relevant time of year. This will be reflected in the casks selected, the flavour profile and even the packaging. As with all Lochlea whiskies, they will be created using barley grown on the Ayrshire farm and the distillery’s own water source.
John Campbell, Lochlea’s production director and master blender, said, “Sowing Edition is a perfect springtime whisky with green apple skins, pear drops and custard creams on the nose; vanilla sweetness, orchard fruits and hazelnuts on the palette; and a final fruity sweetness lasting to the finish. Made from barley grown within sight of the distillery, Lochlea Whisky is an Ayrshire dram through and through.”
Lochlea Sowing Edition (RRP £50) is available from whisky and spirits shops around the UK and in 10 export markets. The full stockists list can be found here
. Bottled at 48% ABV, the single malt was matured in 100% first-fill bourbon casks. It is bottled naturally with no added colouring and is non-chill-filtered.