Golf champion and Loch Lomond create 19yo whisky

31st October, 2018 by Melita Kiely

Loch Lomond, the official spirit of The Open golf championship, has partnered with 2011 victor Darren Clarke to create a 19-year-old single malt whisky.

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Darren Clarke is the latest golfer to partner with Loch Lomond

Clarke – who lifted the Claret Jug at Royal St George’s after winning The Open in 2011 – is the latest professional golfer to partner with Loch Lomond, following in the footsteps of Colin Montgomerie, Paul Lawrie and Cristie Kerr.

He will work with Loch Lomond Whiskies’ master blender, Michael Henry, to create The Open Course Collection: Royal Portrush Edition, which will launch in 2019.

Colin Matthews, Loch Lomond Group CEO, described Clarke’s appointment as a “perfect fit for our brand”.

Clarke added: “It’s a huge honour to join Loch Lomond Whiskies and to have the chance to create a single malt with the experts at the distillery.

“To mark The Open at Royal Portrush – a club that is so close to my heart – with my very own single malt whisky is absolutely fantastic. For me, a Scotch single malt is as good as it gets.

“I can’t wait to tee it up next summer and enjoy a wee dram with the fans.”

Loch Lomond agreed a five-year sponsorship deal with The Open in February this year.

Last year, the brand released a 50-year-old expression, priced at £12,000.

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