Loch Lomond has launched two Single Grain Scotch whiskies: Loch Lomond Single Grain Distiller’s Choice and Loch Lomond Single Grain Cooper’s Collection Mizunara Cask Finish. The limited-edition releases were brought together by Master Blender Michael Henry.
Using only 100% malted barley with an additional long fermentation time then distilled in Loch Lomond’s bespoke all copper, Continuous ‘Coffey’ Still, that creates spirits known for their deep floral fruit notes.
Loch Lomond Single Grain Cooper’s Collection Mizunara Cask Finish is the first in a series of annual limited releases. Limited to just 3,000 bottles, the special edition is one of the rarest Single Grain whiskies to be released by the brand. Only four distilleries in Scotland to have an on-site cooperage, Michael worked closely with the team of coopers to craft this release, carefully selecting higher age-statement whiskies to be matured in first and second fill American Oak Bourbon barrels. This special Single Grain is then finished for six months in hand-crafted, rare Mizunara Japanese Oak casks to elevate the natural flavors found within.
Bottled at 50% ABV, the whisky offers aromas of rose, honeysuckle, blackcurrant, and toasted oak. The palate features a sweet spice character with apple, sandalwood, honey, and cinnamon, with a dry, warming oak spice finish.
Loch Lomond Single Grain Distiller’s Choice marries a careful selection of Loch Lomond Whiskies’ aged single grains with more vibrant liquids, resulting in a whisky with layers of elegant fruit and floral character. This exquisite Single Grain is matured in a selection of both first fill and second fill American Oak Bourbon barrels. Bottled at 48.8% ABV, this whisky finds deep floral and fruit notes of rose, violet, peach, pear, and blackcurrant with vanilla and coconut, honey, and chocolate. The palate brings tart fruits of blackberry and green apple with golden barley before a long finish of vanilla fudge sweetness and gently warming cinnamon spice.
Both Single Grain whiskies are non-chill filtered and natural in color, just as nature intended.
“We’re proud to introduce the latest additions to our Single Grain portfolio. Crafted using our innovative Coffey still, these are two very special whiskies with distinct and diverse flavours,” said Henry. “Each expression has been crafted to showcase the floral fruit notes through distilling and influence finishing has on our grain whisky through cask selection.”
Loch Lomond Single Grain Distiller’s Choice costs £50. Loch Lomond Single Grain Cooper’s Collection Mizunara Cask is priced at £60. For more information, head over to the brand’s official website.
Last week, Loch Lomond Group launched Noble Rebel, a new blended malt Scotch whisky brand. It looks to “[push] boundaries in the pursuit of flavor creation, combining the nobility of single malt whisky with the rigor of craftsmanship,” says a press release.