Loch Lomond & Glen Scotia at the Whisky & Spirits Live Festival
Loch Lomond & Glen Scotia at Whisky & Spirits Live Festival
About the Brand:
Loch Lomond: Loch Lomond marks the boundary between the Lowlands and the Highlands of Scotland. This area – so close to the major bottling town of Dumbarton – has been at the heart of the whisky industry for centuries. Sadly though, at least nine distilleries around the Loch have been lost over the years, leaving Loch Lomond Distillers to maintain a proud local tradition into the 21st century. years, leaving Loch Lomond Distillers to maintain a proud local tradition into the 21st century
With a rich history of whisky making dating back to 1814 the area has been producing
the finest single malt and single grain whisky. Situated on the banks of Loch Lomond it
takes its name from this most picturesque and famous of all Scotland’s Lochs.
The inspiration for the Loch Lomond Distillery comes from the physical beauty of the Highland region in which it is sited. The magnificent Ben Lomond mountain towers above the loch and looks down on the distillery. Its history is steeped in the 7 Celtic Clans that touched Loch Lomond, including the clans of Colquhoun, Mcfarlane, Galbraith, MacAulay (2), Menzies and Buchanan.Loch Lomond distillery opened in 1964, with production beginning the following year. In 1984 the distillery closed – or fell silent, to use the traditional term. Happily, though, Alexander Bulloch and the Glen Catrine company acquired the business and resumed malt production in 1987. Grain whisky production began in 1993 and two new malt stills were added in 1999.At the time the Grain distillery opened in 1994, it was the only distillery in Scotland producing both Grain and Malt whisky. It also operates a unique set-up of three sets of stills.
Glen Scotia: Glen Scotia is one of the finest scotch whisky distilleries in Scotland.
Very proud of the fact that it still maintains much of its original design, including the fermenters, the stillroom and the dunnage warehouse dating from the 1830s.
Glen Scotia has always produced two styles of whisky; peated and non-peated. Typically, the peated whisky is produced over a period of 6 weeks per year. These two styles will be
maintained into the future as they are characteristics of the Campbelltown style which Glen Scotia is known for. Over the years the quality of the whisky has improved with longer fermentation and vetting of the malted barley as well as a slower and more careful distillation. But overall the process remains the same as it always was. Although we no longer malt our own barley, we
buy in Scottish malted barley to our exact specification in order to maintain the true Glen Scotia character through our distilling process.
MEET SOUTH AFRICAN BRAND AMBASSADOR: MUZI MATHE
Muzi Mathe has been in the whisky industry for over 6 years, starting off as brand ambassador for the world’s biggest single malt whisky; until this point where he proudly represents 2 independent distilleries, Loch Lomond Whiskies which is the official spirit of the Open Golf Championship and Glen Scotia Malts one of only 3 distilleries still standing from the smallest whisky producing region; Campbeltown.