Recently, Loch Lomond released two new, limited edition single grain whiskies that showcased the distiller's creative whisky-making capabilities.
Master Blender Michael Henry worked to bring the Loch Lomond Single Grain Cooper's Collection Mizunara Cask Finish and Loch Lomond Single Grain Distiller's Choice together.
According to Master Blender Michael Henry, they utilized only malted barley and their fermenting process took a very lengthy period. The whiskey was then distilled in Loch Lomond's Continuous "Coffey" Still made entirely of copper.
This still, according to Henry, contributes to the production of a spirit with layers of rich and beautiful floral fruit notes, showing Loch Lomond's skill at distilling flavors. By enabling the spirit to be removed from the still at different plates and at varied intensities, the continuous still gives Loch Lomond Whiskies better control over the distillation process and allows them to shape the taste profile and character of the whiskey at the moment of distillation.
The inaugural edition of an ongoing series of yearly restricted releases is Loch Lomond Single Grain Cooper's Collection Mizunara Cask Finish. The special edition is one of Loch Lomond Whiskies' rarest single grain whiskies because only 3,000 bottles were produced.
First fill American oak bourbon barrels were used to age the whiskey, and then second fill barrels. The unique Mizunara Japanese oak barrels used to finish this single grain whiskey for six months were imported from Japan. The end result is a distinctive whiskey that has been enhanced with aromatic spice made from Mizunara wood.
The second whisky is Loch Lomond Single Grain Distiller’s Choice, which is a blend of Loch Lomond Whiskies’ aged single grains that offers a fruity and floral character. This whisky is also matured firstly in first and second fill American oak bourbon barrels.
Both single grain whiskies have natural colors and are non-chill filtered.
The distiller’s notes for the two whiskies:
Loch Lomond Single Grain Distiller’s Choice
On the nose are deep floral and fruit notes of rose, violet, peach, pear and blackcurrant with vanilla and coconut, some honey and chocolate. The palate offers tart fruits of blackberry and green apple with golden barley before a long finish of vanilla fudge sweetness and gently warming cinnamon spice. It’s bottled at 48.8% ABV and has a suggested price of £50.
Loch Lomond Single Grain Cooper’s Collection Mizunara Cask
Loch Lomond Single Grain Cooper’s Collection Mizunara Cask combines rose, honeysuckle, blackcurrant and toasted oak on the nose. On the palate, there is sweet spice character with apple, sandalwood, honey and cinnamon, with a dry, warming oak spice finish. It’s bottled at 50% ABV and has a suggested price of £60.
About Loch Lomond
The biggest freshwater lake in Scotland, Loch Lomond, is where the Scottish distillery Loch Lomond is situated in the town of Alexandria. After being founded in 1964, the distillery has had many ownership changes.
In addition to blended whiskies, grain whiskies, and other spirits, Loch Lomond offers a variety of single malt whiskey, including its iconic Loch Lomond 12 Year Old. They are renowned for their inventive methods for producing whiskey, employing various stills, like classic pot stills and column stills, to create a wide array of tastes and styles.
Visitors may also partake in a variety of events at the distillery, such as tours, tastings, and master lessons in mixing. Visitors may go around the distillery's magnificent array of stills and hear from the professionals how whiskey is made.
In 2017, the World Whiskies Awards presented Loch Lomond with the "Best Single Malt Scotch Whisky" honor for their Loch Lomond 18 Year Old. Loch Lomond has won various honors and recognition throughout the years. They keep coming up with new ideas and trying them out, making sure that their selection of whiskey is always interesting and distinctive.