Loch Lomond Group has launched Noble Rebel, a new blended malt Scotch whisky brand. It looks to “[push] boundaries in the pursuit of flavour creation, combining the nobility of single malt whisky with the rigour of craftsmanship,” says a press release.
Noble Rebel blended malt whiskies are forged in the spirit of Loch Lomond Distillery and liquids from the brand’s partners. First available in three expressions – Orchard Outburst, Smoke Symphony, and Hazelnut Harmony – the brand brings the flavours of Noble Rebel to life through a series of vivid illustrations that detail the intricate stories, layers, and tasting notes of each expression.
Each illustration is complemented by Noble Rebel’s embellished bottle, designed to replicate the heavy, intricate base of an old-fashioned rocks glass in tribute to the flavours found within. Finished with the words ‘Noble’ and ‘Rebel’ embossed on opposite sides of the bottle lip, this touch demonstrates the two faces of the brand; to visually showcase the nobility of single malts combined with Noble Rebel’s rebellious nature and ethos of pushing the boundaries of creativity in whisky blending.
Matured in ex-bourbon casks, Orchard Outburst balances crisp, ripe orchard fruits with flavours of crashing salty ocean waves, resulting in an explosion of zest with hints of zingy lemon and lime. This intriguing malt contains whisky distilled with Chardonnay wine yeast, an unusual ingredient in whisky distillation which helps to intensify fruit and citrus flavours in the finished blend.
Smoke Symphony weaves threads of peat and smoke with hits of chilli. Lightning bolts of rich red body married with subtle berry tartness create an intriguing dram. Finished in Rioja wine casks, Smoke Symphony conveys notes of smoke, spice, and dark berries.
Hazelnut Harmony mingles nuts with a hint of sweet honeycomb, with subtle pear undertones meeting imprints of warm oak. Completing the trio of expressions, Hazelnut Harmony is finished in toasted American oak casks, which adds a sweet flavour of honey, vanilla, and hazelnut to the whisky.
Each no-age-statement blended malt whisky is non-chill filtered, natural in colour and bottled at 46% ABV.
“Noble Rebel is an exciting new addition to the growing Loch Lomond Group portfolio,” said Michael Henry, Master Blender at Loch Lomond Group. “At the heart of each expression is our shared passion for blending finely curated malts into a product of beauty. Bringing new ideas to old ways and deeply-rooted traditions, our drams are modern masterpieces that welcome newcomers with open arms, and delight old friends alike.”
Each edition of Noble Rebel blended malt whisky is currently available via the official website, for £40 per 70cl bottle.
In October, the brand released a rare 54 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky that celebrates hills and oak woodlands that surround its distillery.