Seven years on from when the concept of Lochlea Distillery began, we are almost ready to release our inaugural whisky. The plan is to start shipping in January 2022.

Bottled at 46% ABV, the first release single malt whisky was matured in fresh first-fill bourbon and Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. Here are our tasting notes:

Nose: Bursting with fresh orchard fruit, apple, zesty orange and pear drops. Some brown sugar, toffee and vanilla fudge in the background.

Palate: Rich and sweet, with burnt caramel and hazelnuts. Still plenty of stewed fruit and now some toasted oats, cinnamon and clove coming through.

Finish: Medium mouth coating, holding on to that fresh fruit, cereal sweetness and gentle spice.

Our Commercial Manager, David Ferguson, said: “We’ve been quietly distilling, casking and maturing our liquid since 2018, and this is the first chance people will have to try Lochlea whisky. We cannot wait to see it opened, shared and enjoyed.

“A great deal of time, perseverance and attention to detail has gone into this first release to ensure it is as authentic to Lochlea as possible – nothing added and nothing taken away.

“This whisky will showcase the DNA of our Lochlea spirit, with a slight twist, ensuring it is different to our core expression which is set to be released in mid-2022.”