Loch Lomond teams up with Lee Westwood

Scotch whisky producer Loch Lomond Group has collaborated with golfer Lee Westwood to create a 25-year-old single malt.

The English golfer worked with Loch Lomond Whiskies’ master blender, Michael Henry, to create the Lee Westwood Single Cask 1st Edition bottling. The expression was aged for 25 years to mirror the number of wins Westwood has had on the European Tour. Distilled in 1996, this limited edition whisky has matured in refill American oak. Tasting notes for the single malt include ripe peach and crisp apple, with orange zestiness, while the finish offers a caramel sweetness, toasted oak and juicy pineapple, followed by warming sugar and cinnamon spice. The 55.3% ABV expression is presented in a gift box featuring Westwood’s signature. It is priced at £385 (US$532) per 700ml. Westwood said: “I’ve been hugely passionate about single malts for many years, so to see an outstanding whisky bearing my name is a huge privilege and a great pleasure. “It’s been a pleasure to work with Michael and the team at Loch Lomond Whiskies to develop the Lee Westwood Single Cask Edition.” Westwood agreed the partnership ahead of The Open golf tournament, which is being held this week (15-18 July) at Royal St George’s in Kent, England. Westwood is the latest golfer to become a Loch Lomond Whiskies ambassador, after Colin Montgomerie and 2011 Open champion Darren Clarke. Colin Matthews, Loch Lomond Whiskies CEO, added: “We’re absolutely thrilled to add Lee to our roster of iconic golf ambassadors. He is a global star and has enjoyed tremendous success across the world and most importantly a great guy, so the perfect fit for our brand. “We wish him the best of luck at Royal St George’s this week, and hope he continues the great form he has showed recently. We look forward to working with him in the months and years ahead.” Earlier this year, Loch Lomond released two limited edition single malts to celebrate the 2021 Open golf tournament. Loch Lomond agreed a five-year partnership with the organisers of The Open in February 2018.