UK: Lochlea Distillery launches first seasonally inspired expression
Independently owned Lochlea Distillery is launching the first in an annual limited edition series of whiskies inspired by the changing seasons at Lochlea Farm.
Sowing Edition, on sale from 21 March 2022, 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, Fallow Edition in autumn and finally Ploughing Edition in winter. The distillery will also release their core single malt mid-2022. Each expression will link to what is happening on site at that time of year, through the casks selected, flavour profile and even packaging. As with all Lochlea whiskies, they will be created using barley grown on the Ayrshire farm and their own water source.
John Campbell, Lochlea 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 with 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.”
Bottled at 48% ABV, the Single Malt whisky was matured in 100% first-fill Bourbon. It is bottled naturally with no added colouring, and is non-chill filtered.
Lochlea Sowing Edition is available from whisky and spirits shops around the UK and in 10 export markets. The full stockists list can be found here. RRP is £50.
Lochlea Distillery is the result of over £6m investment. Planning of the purpose built facility started in 2014 with everything from the groundwork and foundations, through to installation of the still house equipment, taking four years to complete. Production of the liquid started in August 2018 with the first casks filled and stock laid down in their on-site warehouses.
- Nose: green apple skins, pear drops, cereal, custard creams
- Palate: vanilla sweetness, orchard fruits, hazelnuts
- Finish: fruity with a final sweetness and lasting viscosity
- 100% first-fill bourbon Barrels
- 48% AVB
- No colouring
- Non-chill filtered
About Lochlea Whisky
Under the cover of Lochlea Farm, independently owned Lochlea Distillery has been quietly distilling, casking, and maturing their masterpiece since 2018. Patiently waiting to share their work with the world. Ensuring full traceability from field to cask has been paramount for Lochlea Distillery. The family-run farm grows and harvests their own barley, with the resulting draff used to feed local cattle and the water directly sourced on-site. Rooted in Scottish history, Lochlea was once home to Robert Burns himself. Burns worked the lush farmland from 1777 to 1784 and has inspired the honest, passionate and progressive nature of Lochlea Whisky.
Source: Lochlea Distillery