Loch Lomond unveils 54YO whisky

by Alice Brooker

Scotch producer Loch Lomond Whiskies is releasing a 54-year-old single malt whisky priced at £24,000 (US$27,022).

Pegged as one of the ‘rarest’ bottlings the brand has released, The Loch Lomond 54 Years Old was inspired by the distillery’s surrounding landscape and its straight neck pot stills. The non-chill-filtered expression was distilled in 1967, and originally matured in refill American oak hogshead casks, before being recasked into a refill European oak Sherry hogshead in 1994. Only 55 bottles will be available. Master blender Michael Henry said: “It is a real privilege to work with a whisky so rare. Our 54-year-old single malt whisky had been maturing for more than 40 years before I joined as master blender in 2007. “It takes a very special cask of whisky to make it to 54 years old, and the expectations are high when working with liquid as special and scarce as this. It was a huge undertaking and came with great responsibility.” On the nose, aromas of crème caramel, fresh vanilla pods, melted brown sugar and toasted oak, orange peel and marmalade are present, while on the palate vibrant fruit, tart pineapple and lemon citrus with a honey and dried fruit sweetness can be tasted. It is held in a handmade Glencairn crystal decanter – a premium version of the distiller’s recently refreshed bottle design. The decanter is hand-engraved with a satin infill and features a gold aged-effect metal coin with the Loch Lomond stag logo. The case is a multi-layered oak box, also made by hand. Sitting at 41.1% ABV, the limited edition whisky will be available globally. In August, news broke that Loch Lomond was the fastest-growing single malt by volume in 2021, according to IWSR Drinks Market Analysis.