Loch Lomond launches 45-year-old whiskyBy Nicola Carruthers
Scotch producer Loch Lomond Whiskies has released a 45-year-old single malt as the first expression in its new Remarkable Stills Series.
The 45-year-old bottling is the first of three releases in the Remarkable Stills Series, which celebrates the distillery’s ‘innovative’ straight neck pot stills.
The stills give the distiller more control of the type of spirit produced, allowing for greater separation of flavours, and helps to create Loch Lomond’s classic fruity character.
Master blender Michael Henry said: “Our straight neck pot stills connect us to the spirit of innovation that was built into our distillery from the beginning, and places flavour at the centre of what we do. It is only fitting that we mark their significance to us through the Remarkable Stills Series.”
Distilled in 1973, Loch Lomond 45 Years Old (42.2% ABV) was matured in American oak casks and finished for 12 months in a first-fill oloroso Sherry cask.
On the nose, the expression has floral notes, alongside hints of orange blossom and melted brown sugar on the palate. The finish provides ‘warming cinnamon spice and tart green fruits’.
Henry added: “After 45 years ageing in American oak and oloroso Sherry casks, the whisky retains the character of the distillery, and showcases Loch Lomond Whiskies’ signature fruity flavour beautifully.”
Only 200 bottles have been released, making it one of the producer’s rarest expressions to date. It is priced at RRP £3,450 (US$4,787) per bottle.
To mark the launch, Loch Lomond has created a new webpage featuring details behind the whisky’s production.
The launch of the 45-year-old single malt followed a brand refresh and the addition of new Loch Lomond bottlings earlier this year. The range was extended to include a 21-year-old and a 30-year-old.
Founded in 1814, the Loch Lomond distillery can trace its roots back to the Littlemill distillery, which was established in 1772 and is the oldest licensed distillery in the world.
The current site in Alexandria, Dunbartonshire, was built in 1965 with the first distillation taking place in 1966. The distillery is one of only four in the Scotch industry to have an on-site cooperage.