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Lochlea Cask Strength Batch 2

22nd May 2024
Lochlea unveils Cask Strength Batch 2, which features more age as well as a unique cask composition: 60% Pedro Xímenez (PX), 28% Oloroso sherry butts, and 12% STR barriques.

Lochlea Cask Strength Batch 2Lochlea Distillery in Ayrshire is set to unveil its second cask strength whisky on June 10th, just in time for Father’s Day. Lochlea tells me that this release offers a bold version of the distillery’s acclaimed single malt whisky, and is perfect for enthusiasts seeking a more robust dram.

Lochlea Cask Strength Batch 2 follows on from the success of last year’s inaugural cask strength release, designed to showcase the Lochlea house spirit at a higher ABV. This year's batch not only has more age but also features a unique cask composition: 60% Pedro Xímenez (PX), 28% Oloroso sherry butts, and 12% STR barriques. The distillery tells me that these diverse cask profiles have imparted a richer, peppery European Oak finish to the whisky.

Each cask type in the mix has contributed its own distinct characteristics to the final blend: Oloroso sherry butts add a creamy, dry, fruity note; STR barriques introduce spice and depth; and PX casks provide a sweet, musty complexity.

Bottled at 60% ABV, this limited edition whisky is among the oldest from Lochlea to date, predominantly featuring five year old spirit with a small portion of four year old whisky. They tell me that the inclusion of the five year old spirit has enhanced the overall complexity of the whisky.

John Campbell, Lochlea’s Production Director said: 2Last year's Cask Strength exceeded expectations for a 4 year old, setting a high standard. With Batch 2 this year, we've once again surpassed expectations. This whisky packs a punch, showcasing a complexity greater than the sum of its parts.

"Cask Strength Batch 1 had lovely layers of fresh, tropical fruit. Batch 2 has less of the signature Lochlea green apple dominance, but will have more weight to it, with a floral, lively palate and peppery European Oak finish. Batch 2 will feel bigger and bolder than Batch 1, making it an interesting dram to explore."

Lochlea Cask Strength Batch 2 will be available from 10th June, RRP: £66.50 f
rom specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

Lochlea Cask Strength Batch 2 Review

Bottled at 60% ABV.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Apples, peach syrup, marmalade.

Taste: Wild lavender, rose petals.

Finish: Black pepper, dried fruit, hints of apple and pear.

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