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Lochlea Fallow Edition Second Crop

18th October 2023
Lochlea commemorates the autumnal season on the farm with the unveiling of the 'Fallow Edition Second Crop' which has been exclusively matured in a combination Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez sherry casks.

Lochlea Fallow Edition Second CropAyrshire distillery, Lochlea, has unveiled Lochlea 'Fallow Edition' Second Crop which is the third instalment in a series of four seasonal, limited edition whiskies which pays homage to the autumnal farm experience.

The 'Fallow Edition' Second Crop is said to showcase the deeper and more complex flavours inherent in Lochlea's signature whisky profile. This whisky has been exclusively matured in Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez sherry casks and is said to offer a delightful blend of sweet and spiced notes. It should be the perfect companion for sipping and savouring as the dark, autumn nights draw near.

This whisky celebrates a critical juncture in the farm's annual cycle, signifying a period when the land takes a much-needed break for rejuvenation. It plays a pivotal role in Lochlea's sustainability initiative, benefiting both the farm and the distillery.

Following nearly five months of nurturing barley on the farm and a September harvest, the Lochlea team plants cover crops of mustard and radish to nurture the soil during the winter while preventing erosion with a leafy canopy. These cover crops are grazed by sheep intensively for 4 to 6 weeks, eventually enriching the soil as organic material.

Additionally, straw bales, a by-product of barley cultivation, are provided to neighbouring farmers for use as cattle bedding. This cycle contributes to the natural and sustainable practices ingrained in daily life at Lochlea.

Lochlea owner and farmer Neil McGeoch said: "Fallow season within our farming calendar is a vital time of year for us to regenerate the land ready for our barley to grow well in the spring and summer. This release is so important to us, as it gives us a chance to tell the story of the farm and explain some of our sustainable practices."

The Lochlea Fallow Edition Second Crop whisky is an artful blend of 55% Pedro Ximénez casks and 45% Oloroso casks.

Production Director John Campbell said: "In this ‘Fallow Edition’ (Second Crop) - the third in our new set of four seasonal limited editions – we have used a combination of Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez (PX) Sherry Butts. The introduction of the PX casks this year creates a very different flavour profile to our first release of ‘Fallow Edition’ (First Crop) last year, which saw us use only Oloroso casks.

"This warming and unctuous whisky starts with aromas of rich manuka honey, moving to luscious golden syrup and ground coffee beans. Layers of sweetly spiced candied ginger follow on the palate, leading to the finish offering hints of freshly crushed almonds.

"We’re proud of this bold, rich whisky and hope Lochlea lovers will enjoy exploring this other side to our house spirit!"

For the completionist's amongst you the four Lochlea seasonal limited editions are:
  • Lochlea Fallow Edition: reflects the season of autumn on the farm when the fields are left fallow to rest after a busy harvest.
  • Lochlea Ploughing Edition: released in winter when the fields are ploughed in preparation for spring.
  • Lochlea Sowing Edition: inspired by spring when the seed is sown for the year’s barley crop.
  • Lochlea Harvest Edition: inspired by the annual harvest on the farm.

In addition to its seasonal limited edition offerings, Lochlea features a year-round, core whisky expression known as "Our Barley." This unpeated single malt undergoes maturation in a blend of three distinct casks: first-fill ex-bourbon, Oloroso sherry casks, and STR barriques, collectively enhancing the complexity and richness of its character.

Similar to all of Lochlea's whiskies, Lochlea Fallow Edition Second Crop is non-chill filtered and comes in at a robust 46% ABV, it has a RRP of £51.50, and it will be available from the 26th of October f
rom specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

Lochlea Fallow Edition Second Crop Review

Bottled at 46% ABV.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Manuka honey, ground coffee and golden syrup.

Taste: Sweet, spiced candied ginger.

Finish: Freshly crushed almonds.

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