Lochlea launches Our Barley single maltBy Nicola Carruthers
Scotch producer Lochlea Distillery has revealed its flagship single malt whisky, matured in three different cask types, called Our Barley.
The single malt was matured in first-fill Bourbon barrels, shaved, toasted and re-charred (STR) barriques, and oloroso Sherry butts to “complement the signature Lochlea flavours”, according to John Campbell, production director and master blender.
“Lochlea Our Barley is a marriage of three styles of cask types that help to give a greater depth of flavour in our whisky,” he explained.
The casks provide “extra vanilla, caramel, floral and dried fruit notes and the liquid some extra dryness to create a more rounded and deeper taste profile for our Lochlea consumers”, Campbell noted.
The 46% ABV whisky offers a nose of peach syrup, fruit bon bons, cut grass and marmalade, while the palate brings notes of golden syrup, pepper, rye bread, macadamia nuts and cream soda.
The expression will sit alongside Lochlea’s seasonal limited editions. It is the first Lochlea whisky to be fully created by Campbell since he joined the distillery from Laphroaig in November 2021.
Commercial manager David Ferguson added: “This will be many consumers’ first taste of Lochlea, and the casks John has selected for this one give real depth, alongside the signature Lochlea cereal and fruit notes. To me it’s our best whisky yet.”
Due to the success of Lochlea’s first two products this year, the distillery will bottle a larger volume of Our Barley. Cases of the whisky are on allocation for the UK and export partners as ‘demand has far outstripped supply’.
However, more bottles will be available through additional UK stockists and in five export markets.
Launching on 18 July, Lochlea Our Barley will be priced at RRP £45 (US$53).
Campbell is also planning for the long term and aims to release several age statements in the future, including a 25-year-old.
The distillery’s inaugural bottling, which launched on Burns Night (25 January) this year with 7,500 bottles, sold out in 24 hours.