Lochlea Distillery reveals inaugural single malt

Lowland distillery Lochlea, located on the site of the former home of Scottish poet Robert Burns, will release its first single malt whisky next month.

The Ayrshire-based producer will launch Lochlea Single Malt First Release in early November. The UK will receive half of the first batch of 7,000 bottles produced, with the rest being distributed across 10 other markets in Europe and North America. Bottled at 46% ABV, the single malt whisky was matured in first-fill Bourbon and PX Sherry casks. It is priced at RRP £50 (US$68) per 700ml bottle. The non-chill-filtered expression is bottled at natural colour. The design of the bottle features tyre tracks inspired by those seen around the distillery. The single malt was produced under the guidance of distillery manager Malcolm Rennie, who has 34 years of experience in the whisky industry. He previously worked at Kilchoman, Bruichladdich and Ardbeg. Lochlea Distillery's 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 early 2022.” The Lowland distillery is the result of a £6 million (US$8.1m) investment, with plans for the site approved in 2015. Production of the whisky started in August 2018. Lochlea Farm was previously the home of Burns from 1774 to 1784.