Lochlea Distillery to launch first peated whisky, Lochlea ‘Ploughing Edition’ (First Crop)

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  • Lochlea Distillery launching fourth limited release in its seasonal series on 25th January 2023
  • RRP £50.00, 46% ABV, no colouring, non-chill filtered.
  • Ploughing will be available throughout UK and across Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia.
  • Curated by renowned ex-Laphroaig and now Lochlea Production Director and Master Blender, John Campbell.

The team at Lochlea Distillery are delighted to reveal their fourth limited seasonal release, Lochlea ‘Ploughing Edition’. Launching on the 25th January 2023, it concludes the ‘First Crop’ of annual small batch bottlings showcasing their spirit throughout the farming seasons. ‘Ploughing Edition’ follows on from Lochlea ‘Sowing Edition’ which launched in March 2022, Lochlea ‘Harvest Edition’ which launched in September 2022, and Lochlea ‘Fallow Edition’ which launched in November 2022. In 2023, the ‘Second Crop’ limited edition series will be released each season, each one different to the first, and highlighting the progression of Lochlea’s single malt whiskies.

The launch date for Lochlea ‘Ploughing Edition’ represents the unequivocal connection between Lochlea Farm and Robert Burns, who lived and worked on the farm from 1777-1784.

Lochlea ‘Ploughing Edition’ is inspired by the season of winter on the farm when the same fields that Burns tended are ploughed in preparation for sowing the barley seed in Spring. The bottle’s icy blue label reflects the cold and frosty west coast Ayrshire winters.

It is the first ever peated expression from Lochlea, matured in a combination of ex-Islay barrels and peated quarter casks, and the first smoky whisky created by Campbell since leaving Laphroaig. A comforting dram for the winter months, the resulting flavours include boiled sweets, cooked apple and brazil nuts, intertwined with a haze of lingering peat.

John Campbell, Lochlea Production Director and Master Blender, said:

Lochlea “Ploughing Edition” is our first peated release and showcases all the expected Lochlea flavours with a wee touch of Islay.”

“We have matured our unpeated single malt in ex-Islay peated barrels and this delivers a lightly peated version of Lochlea that I am sure you will enjoy.”

With demand greater than available stock, Lochlea ‘Ploughing Edition’ (First Crop) is on allocation to key UK retail and wholesale partners, and across 20 export markets. There are only 11,000 bottles globally. Sitting at 46% ABV, Lochlea ‘Ploughing Edition’ (First Crop) will retail for £50.00 and, as with all Lochlea whiskies, is non-chill filtered with no artificial colouring.

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