Lochlea Our Barley
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We’re very excited to have the first ever core release from Lochlea this month! Distilled in South Ayrshire in the Scottish Lowlands, the distillery is based on an old cattle farm – not just any old farm, but one that the famed Scottish poet Robert Burns (after which Burns Night is named) lived and worked on in the late 1700s.
An independent, family-owned distillery, Lochlea as acquired in 2006 and officially commissioned in the summer of 2018, repurposing the cattle sheds into warehouses. Now under the management of ex-Laphroaig distillery manager John Campbell, the team is growing 50-acres of malting barley, and a lengthy fermentation makes sure fruity, ester-laden wash. Sitting alongside the limited edition releases, this flagship ongoing core release, Our Barley, is dubbed ‘John Campbell’s masterpiece’, matured in a combination of ex-bourbon, ex-sherry, and STR (shaved, toasted, and re-charred) casks.
Strawberry Starburst, tinned pears, cut grass, and candied orange peel.
A drizzle of honey, caramelised cashews, toasted (and buttered) sourdough, black pepper.
Waxy orange peel and set honey.