Loch Lomond debuts The Open 2022 whiskies
Scotch whisky producer Loch Lomond Group has released two single malts to mark The Open golf competition’s 150th anniversary in 2022.
Loch Lomond agreed a five-year partnership with the organisers of The Open in February 2018.
To celebrate the competition’s 150th year, Loch Lomond has launched The Open Course Edition 2022 and The Open Special Edition 2022.
This year’s Open championship will be held on The Old Course in St Andrews in Fife, Scotland, from 14-17 July.
Andrew Jack, head of whisky marketing at Loch Lomond Whiskies, said: “The Open is a such a prestigious event, bringing together some of the world’s best golfers. At Loch Lomond Whiskies we are very proud to show our support as the official spirit partner of this momentous anniversary.”
The Open Special Edition 2022 has been created in partnership with golfer Colin Montgomerie.
The 46% ABV bottling has been aged in American oak casks before being finished in Bordeaux red wine barriques.
The resulting liquid offers the distillery’s signature fruit, honey and soft smoke notes, alongside notes of strawberry, peach, lime citrus, fudge, oak spice, followed by a soft smoke finish.
Meanwhile, The Open Course Edition 2022 pays homage to all of the golf courses where the competition has taken place.
Distilled 22 years ago, the 48.2% ABV whisky was aged in American oak casks and finished in Haut-Médoc claret barriques for three years.
The single malt provides notes of stewed apple, pear and black cherry with vanilla, dark chocolate and ginger spice, and a wood smoke finish.
Jack added: “The ties between golf and whisky in Scotland date back generations. Our two new, limited edition single malts are highly valuable additions to our whisky portfolio, demonstrating the breadth of distillation techniques Loch Lomond Whiskies is capable of.
“We’re confident both expressions will appeal to a variety of tastes, budgets and interests, particularly in the lead up to Father’s Day in June.”
Available to buy from Loch Lomond Whiskies’ website, The Open Special Edition is priced at RRP £45 (US$56) while the Course Edition retails for £225 (US$281).
In July 2021, Loch Lomond Group collaborated with golfer Lee Westwood to create a 25-year-old single malt.