Loch Lomond Highland Whisky Distillery
This Loch just North of Glasgow (Scotland’s Largest City) was made famous by the song lyrics “You take the high road and I’ll take the low road and I’ll be in Scotland before ye….. for me and my true love will never meet again on the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.” It seems the obvious place to build a whisky distillery with global recognition and within easy reach of the Glasgow blenders and the bottling plants. However it took until 1965 before the Littlemill Distillery Company built the Loch Lomond Distillery. It is rumoured a distillery existed on the other side of the loch in 1814 but there is no written records to confirm this. The building was previously a dyeing factory and sits on the dividing line between the Highlands and the Lowlands of Scotland, however as it takes its water supply from the Highlands is classed as a Highland whisky.
The distillery was bought by Americans Barton Brands in 1971 however was mothballed in 1984 reopening 3 years later under the management of Glen Catrine Warehouses and has been in production ever since producing no less than 8 different single malt scotch whiskies. They are able to do this as they have the very unusual Lomond stills which are pot stills capable of producing whiskies of different weights due to the correcting columns in the still head. They also have 2 traditional swan neck stills and 2 conventional pot stills. The whiskies produced here are the obvious Loch Lomond single malt scotch whisky, but also the peated Craiglodge, Old Rhosdhu, Glen Douglas, Loch Lomond HP, Croftengea, Inchmoan and Inchmurrin. Loch Lomond also produces grain whisky, this is a very busy distillery.
The beauty of Loch Lomond is that due the huge variety of whisky they can produce (Stong peated Islay to mild Lowander) they are less reliant on other distilleries providing malt for their blends and also can manage their own finances.
Taste: Loch Lomond single malt is light and floral with a slight hint of peat on the nose and dry on the palate with a short salty finish.
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