Lochlea Distillery, located on the site of the farm once worked by Robert Burns, is launching its first-ever whisky in November: Lochlea Single Malt First Release.
Inspired by the distillery’s own working farm, the bespoke bottle features embossed tyre tracks like those which can be seen around Lochlea’s South Ayrshire site. The clear glass showcases the liquid’s non-chill-filtered, natural colour.
Filling a sample
David Ferguson, Lochlea Distillery’s commercial manager, said, “We’ve been quietly distilling, casking and maturing our liquid since 2018, and this is the first chance people will have to try Lochlea whisky. We cannot wait to see it opened, shared and enjoyed. A great deal of time, perseverance and attention to detail has gone into this first release to ensure it is as authentic to Lochlea as possible – nothing added and nothing taken away.
“This whisky will showcase the DNA of our Lochlea spirit, with a slight twist, ensuring it is different to our core expression which is set to be released in early 2022.”
Inside the distillery
Lochlea Distillery says it sees ensuring full traceability from field to cask as paramount. The family-run Lochlea farm grows and harvests its own barley, with the resulting draff used to feed local cattle and the water directly sourced on site.
The UK can expect to see half of the first batch of 7,000 bottles of Lochlea whisky produced, with the rest being exported across 10 other markets in Europe and North America.
Lochlea Distillery casks