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Loch Lomond 12 Year Old The Open Special Edition 2020


29th June 2020
Loch Lomond Whiskies, the Official Spirit of The Open, has unveiled a new special edition single malt to mark the 149th Championship that was due to take place in July this year.

Loch Lomond 12 Year Old The Open Special Edition 2020 #BeThereInSpiritThose of you who enjoy another one of Scotland's great exports, golf, will be well aware that the 149th Open which was due to take place in July at Royal St George’s in Kent has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is the first time since World War II that the Championship will not be played but thanks to Loch Lomond Whiskies which is the Official Spirit of The Open you can #BeThereInSpirit as the Highland whisky maker has unveiled a new special edition single malt to mark the Championship that was due to take place in July this year.

The new whisky is the Loch Lomond 12 Year Old The Open Special Edition 2020, which has been crafted by Loch Lomond's master blender Michael Henry. The limited release whisky is said to showcase Loch Lomond’s unique straight neck pot still, and has been created from a Chardonnay wine yeast, a fermentation process that’s rarely used in whisky distilling as it requires greater time to achieve the final liquid. It is described as being full of lively flavour, hints of grapefruit and vanilla syrup are balanced with cinnamon and lime juice.

Loch Lomond Whiskies’ became The Official Spirit of The Open in 2018, and although the Championship will not be played as planned in 2020, Loch Lomond’s Open Special Edition pays tribute to golf’s original championship. The 149th Open will now be played at Royal St George’s in July 2021, with The 150th Open at St Andrews moving to 2022.

Colin Matthews, CEO of Loch Lomond Group, said: "Of course we, like thousands of golf enthusiasts around the globe, were disappointed to learn of the cancellation of The Open this year, but given the current circumstances, it’s absolutely the right decision.

"Our Loch Lomond 12 Year Old The Open Special Edition 2020 is a very special limited edition, showcasing Loch Lomond’s style beautifully, and will allow thousands of golf and whisky fans around the world to raise a dram during these difficult, unprecedented times.

“We are very proud of our partnership with The Open, allowing us to raise awareness of the Loch Lomond Whiskies range among golf lovers all over the world. We are very much looking forward to visiting Royal St George’s for the first time as the Spirit of The Open next year.”

Michael Henry, Master Distiller added: "It has been a real pleasure crafting this limited edition to mark The 149th Open. We are one of very few distilleries currently using wine yeasts in the fermentation process, which brings a unique and vibrant flavour to the finished liquid. As a distillery we are perfectly placed to be able to develop these rare expressions, which is ideally suited to our preference for longer fermentation times, combined with the control we have over the final character using our straight-necked stills."

Loch Lomond Whiskies, based in Alexandria near Loch Lomond, agreed a five-year partnership with The R&A, organisers of The Open, in February 2018. Known as "The One", The Open is the most international of the major championships with qualifying events across five continents.

Neil Armit, Chief Commercial Officer at The R&A, said: "Loch Lomond Whiskies’ special edition products have already proven to be a hit with fans of The Open, bringing together two of Scotland’s greatest exports beautifully: golf and whisky.

"Although we will have to wait until next year to visit Royal St George’s, fans will still be able to enjoy a taste of The Open from home until we all meet again at the famous Kent links in 2021."

The Loch Lomond 12 Year Old The Open Special Edition 2020 was distilled in December 2007, matured in American oak casks and bottled in May 2020, a limited release of 3000 bottles which have been bottled non chill filtered at a strength of 46% ABV and it will launch for sale in early July with a RRP of £50 and will be available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt
 

Loch Lomond 12 Year Old The Open Special Edition Review


Matured in American oak casks, non chill filtered and bottled at 46.% ABV.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Grapefruit, apple and vanilla syrup.

Taste: Lively almost effervescent mouthfeel. Honey sweet, green fruits – apple, pear and kiwi, gentle cinnamon spiciness.

Finish: Long finish with powdery sherbet and lime juice.
 

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