Lochlea Ploughing Edition Second Crop 46% 70cl
Lochlea Ploughing Edition Second Crop 46% 70cl


Lochlea Ploughing Edition Second Crop 46% 70cl

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    The Lochlea Distillery (pronounced 'Lock-lee') is a conversion of the farm buildings at Lochlea Farm, situated 8 miles South of Kilmarnock, and at which the world famous Scottish writer and poet Robert Burns lived and worked from 1777 to 1784.

    Plans for a distillery by the current owner Neil McGeoch were approved in 2014 and whisky production commenced in August 2018.

    Malcolm Rennie, who had previously been distillery manager at the likes of Bruichladdich, Ardbeg, Kilchoman and Annandale, initially worked with Neil as a consultant before coming on board full-time to oversee the birth of the whisky – however he then left to join the rebirth of the Rosebank Distillery in October 2021, and was replaced by John Campbell, who had previously been the distillery manager at Laphroaig for 16 years.

    The distillery is another new whisky venture who are producing a grain-to-glass spirit – they grown their own barley in fields literally over the road, and have their own water source. The bottle itself features embossing referencing the tyre tracks that surround the farm.

    The last of four seasonal releases that represent the farming year beginning with Sowing and running through Harvest, Fallow and Ploughing, Lochlea Ploughing Edition Second Crop is a evocation of the crisp, chilly Winter months as fields are ploughed in preparation for sowing seeds in Spring. Matturation of the spirit takes place in barrels that previously matured heavily peated whiskies for a distillery on the South coast of Islay, provide a soft, warming smokiness that will warm the cockles after a hard days work in the cold - peat isn't used the dry the barley for Lochlea, so this is the only way to get some kind of peated representation in the range.

    Lochlea aren't explicitly divulging the distillery the Islay casks have been sourced from, but given current Distillery Manager John Campbell worked at Laphroaig immediately prior to joining Lochea, and 'quarter casks' are used, it's easy to put 2 and 2 together to get a pretty good clue!

    Whereas the FIrst Crop had a gently light smoky note, the extra year of aging in the Islay barrels provides more depth to the dram - the smokiness is still light and it's difficult to say it's 'stronger', but there feels to be more 'weight' to the spirit which adds to the complexity.

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