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Spearhead Single Grain Scotch Whisky From Loch Lomond

14th July 2021
Introducing Spearhead Single Grain Scotch whisky, produced using 100% malted barley and a continuous Coffey style still at the Loch Lomond distillery.

Spearhead Single Grain Scotch Whisky From Loch LomondSpearhead is a new single grain Scotch whisky produced at the Loch Lomond distillery, said to have a bold and sweet style, similar to a Bourbon, it is aimed at encouraging more drinkers to enter the world of whisky.

Crafted at the Loch Lomond distillery using 100% malted barley and a continuous Coffey style still, allowing for a lighter spirit to be created. The spirit has then been aged in ex-bourbon barrels before finishing in a combination of fire and infrared-toasted virgin American oak barrels.

The innovative infrared barrels allow for an exact level of toast that extracts natural properties in the barrel, releasing a range of flavours from the wood that are then caramelized to give a complex range of sweet notes. Using a combination of traditionally fire toasted and infrared toasted barrels, the result is said to be ultra-smooth, with a depth and complexity to the flavour. Loch Lomond Distillery is currently the only distillery in Scotland to use infrared barrels to finish whisky.

This process is unique to Scotch Whisky making, making Spearhead a pioneer in the field, and creates a bold yet light and sweeter taste, perfect for new whisky drinkers or those who enjoy long serves.

For those looking to try a new, fun cocktail, Spearhead’s take on a Clover Club, which replaces the traditionally-used gin base for Scotch, is a wonderfully sweet yet sour serve. Alternatively, whisky drinkers can enjoy a spritzer-style serve, swapping wine for Spearhead and serving with Pêche de Vigne and ginger ale, or try a Spear and Beer, serving 50mls with a can of craft beer.

Presented in a striking Bourbon-style bottle, Spearhead has been bottled at 43% ABV and has a RRP of £30 and will be available from this summer from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

Spearhead Single Grain Scotch Whisky Review

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Violet floral notes, dark berries – blackcurrant and blackberry - vanilla pods, caramel and dark chocolate.

Taste: Velvety mouthfeel rolls over the tongue, red apple with lime citrus, vanilla fudge and light brown sugar.

Finish: Long smooth and sweet with melted brown sugar.

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