Translation: Lomond Lake
Region: (Southern) Highlands
Versatility beats romance.
The Loch Lomond Distillery is truly unique. Loch Lomond is the only distillery to produce both Malt Whiskey and unmalted Grain Whiskey. For this you do not only use the classic pot stills (for the malt) and large, columnar column or Coffey stills (for the grain). At Loch Lomond, flexibility is further enhanced. Four of the pot stills are equipped with so-called "rectifiers" in the neck, which allow variable settings. For example, Malt Whiskeys of different character can be produced with the same stillage. In addition, one even uses one of the column stills that are commonly used to make grain whiskey to make a malts. That's how Loch Lomond produces a whole range of different malt whiskeys: Loch Lomond, Inchmurrin, Old Rhosdhu, Croftengea, Craiglodge, Inchmoan, Glen Douglas, Inchfad ... and Loch Lomond is the only distillery that even offers a single blended whiskey , So a blend in which the malt and grain whiskeys that make it up come from the same distillery.
With so much variety, it is probably forgivable that the distillery is indeed on beautiful Loch Lomond - but even less romantic looks. Rather, well, purpose-oriented ...
A little history
A distillery called Loch Lomond already existed between 1814 and 1817. However, it has nothing to do with today's distillery.
The current Loch Lomond Distillery was built in 1865/66 by the Littlemill Distillery Company Ltd. built in an industrial area of the city of Alexandria. The distillery is thus exactly on the border between Highlands and Lowlands. Because the water comes from the Highlands, Loch Lomond is generally considered a Highland distillery.
In 1984, Loch Lomond was temporarily closed. One year later, Glen Catrine bought Bonded Warehouse Ltd. the distillery and let 1987 resume production. In 1993, a column or "Coffey Still" was installed. Loch Lomond became the only Scottish distillery to produce both malt whiskey and grain whiskey. In 1997, a fire destroyed large parts of the stock. In the course of the construction work was installed more still. Some of the pot stills are - like the so-called Lomond stills, which were experimented especially in the 70s - equipped with special, flexible devices in the neck, so-called "rectifiers". This unique equipment makes it possible to produce a wide range of different whiskeys.
What do I actually have in the glass?
As described above: Thanks to the unusual features, Loch Lomond can produce very different whiskeys - and it does. So there is only one piece of advice: try it out ...
3 reasons to love Loch Lomond
1) Because the Inchmurrin comes here.
2) Because Old Rhosdhu comes here.
3) Because Loch Lomond, Croftengea, Craiglodge, Inchmoan and more comes here ...
The one drama for the lonely island
21-year-old Inchmurrin is remarkable in four ways. Not cold-filtered, without dye, bottled at 46%, the Malt offers pure pleasure for comparatively small money in view of the old age. He also has a very own, difficult to describe character. Grass, fresh hay and flowers meet malt, yeast, vanilla and spice biscuits. None for all. But very exciting.
numbers and facts
Address: Lomond Estate, Alexandria G83 0TL
Founded in 1965 by the Littlemill Distillery Co. Ltd.
Owner: Loch Lomond Distillery Co. Ltd.
Capacity: about 4,000,000 liters (based on malt whiskey Grain: about 18,000,000 liters)
2 traditional pot stills
4 rectified pot stills / Lomond stills
1 column still for the production of Malt Whiskey
4 column stills for the production of Grain Whiskey
Water: Bore Holes Source at Loch Lomond
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Telephone: +44 (0) 1389 - 752781