LOCH LOMOND WHISKIES LAUNCH EUROPEAN TOUR UK SWING RANGE – Scotch Whisky News

LOCH LOMOND WHISKIES LAUNCH EUROPEAN TOUR UK SWING RANGE

The Official Spirit of the European Tour UK Swing, Loch Lomond Whiskies, has launched a range of five Exclusive Single Cask Scotch Whiskies to mark the 2020 series.

The Exclusive Casks have been bottled to celebrate the five venues that will host the six-week long European Tour UK Swing, following suspension of the regular season.

Each of the five casks have been finished in a different style of oak cask, with two heavily peated. Specially chosen by Master Blender Michael Henry, each expression expertly showcases Loch Lomond’s unique straight neck stills and the versatility of the distillery.

Loch Lomond Whiskies agreed the partnership with The European Tour earlier this year, meaning that the innovative and exciting range of Single Malt Scotch Whiskies are “The Spirit of the Tour”.

The Betfred British Masters Exclusive Single Cask, marking the event held at Close House, has been finished in Limousin oak, leaving the whisky tasting fresh and slightly tangy, finishing with gentle spice.

The Hero Open Exclusive Single Cask, which celebrates the event held at Forest of Arden, has been finished in a Sauternes wine cask, giving it a malty and honey-sweet flavour.

The English Championship Exclusive Single Cask, marking the event held at Hanbury Manor, has been finished in a Rum barrel, giving the liquid a syrupy sweetness with hints of lemon zest and pineapple, finishing with ginger and cinnamon.

The Wales Open and Celtic Classic Exclusive Single Cask, which honours the events taking place at the Celtic Manor, have been matured in an Oloroso cask, offering a rich, smoky peat before making way to maple syrup, orange peel and sweet clove to finish.

Finally, The UK Championship Exclusive Single Cask, which pays tribute to the final event held at The Belfry, has matured in a Tawny Port cask and showcases a fiery peaty flavour before welcoming hints of salted caramel, spiced apples and vanilla.

With each cask being unique, the number of bottles differs per cask, however over 1,700 bottles will be available across the range in the UK and Europe and will be priced around £90 per bottle. The range will be available to pre-order online from 22nd July.

Throughout the duration of the UK Swing , Loch Lomond Whiskies will be carrying out several activities to ensure that fans can get involved and “be there in spirit”. Professional golfer, Richie Ramsay, three time European Tour winner, will be joining the team as a Loch Lomond Whiskies Ambassador for the duration of the UK Swing, delivering behind-the-scenes videos that will show fans what life looks like on tour, available across Loch Lomond Whiskies’ social media channels.

Fans will also be given a glimpse of life in the golfing world, with Brand Ambassador Iona Stephen. Her “Discover the Spirit Within” series will see Iona meeting key people in the industry, and will look at how golf is adapting to new regulations in a post-COVID world.

“Pick the Pin” allows fans to select the pin location on a selected hole on one day at each event. The concept aims to encourage the fans to “be there in spirit”, given that the event will be played behind closed doors. In addition to these activities, Loch Lomond Whiskies will be giving some lucky fans the chance to win the new exclusive casks.

As an Official Partner of the European Tour UK Swing, Loch Lomond Whiskies will also support the launch of the new ‘Golf for Good’ initiative which will underpin all European Tour events in 2020 by making a positive impact in the communities where the European Tour plays – and the wider world of golf – rewarding heroes of the pandemic such as front line workers, and promoting the many health benefits that golf offers to everyone.

John Grieveson, chief marketing officer at Loch Lomond Whiskies, said: “We are very proud to be the Spirit of the Tour, supporting the European Tour with its new initiative. As one of the most internationally recognised golf events in the world, we’re looking forward to sharing our range of Single Malts, dedicated to each event venue in the Tour, with golf and whisky fans alike.”

Michael Henry, Master Blender added: “It’s been an absolute pleasure choosing the five casks for the European Tour range, carefully selecting individual casks that showcase the underlying distillery profile even when finished in a different style of cask.”

The Loch Lomond Whiskies European Tour Range will be available to purchase at www.lochlomondwhiskies.com

Tasting notes

The Hero Open – 57.7% AVB Lusciously malty with a honeyed sweetness, there are fruit notes of pineapple and mango and a touch of grape juice with some vanilla syrup easing through at the end
The Betfred British Masters – 57.4% ABV Fresh and slightly tangy, peach and orange zest, then a caramel sweetness with creamy oak vanilla and a gentle cinnamon and clove spice at the end
The English Championship – 57.7% ABV Sweet and fruity with a lemon zestiness, some pineapple juice, demerara sugar and a syrupy sweetness with a ginger and cinnamon spiciness to finish
The UK Championship – 57.7% ABV Opens on sweet and fiery peat, there is some salted caramel, some raisins and mixed peel, spicy nutmeg and cinnamon, some stewed fruits ending with spiced apples in a vanilla syrup
Wales Open and Celtic Classic – 58.2% ABV Rich peat smoke intermingles with spicy ground ginger and stewed apples. Then there is sweet maple syrup and zesty orange peel, before creamy vanilla and sweet clove to finish.

About the Loch Lomond Group

  • Loch Lomond Group is an independent distiller, blender and bottler of some of the finest scotch whisky brands in the world. Based in Alexandria, Dumbartonshire, close to Glasgow it is home to several multi award-winning brands that are sold in more than 125 countries across the world.
  • Loch Lomond distillery has been producing the finest single malt whiskies since 1814.
  • Images and interviews with key staff from the Group are available upon request. lochlomondgroup.com

About Loch Lomond Whiskies

  • Loch Lomond Distillery has one of the oldest heritages in the industry. It was founded by American, Duncan Thomas, the owner of the Littlemill distillery which was licensed in 1772. In the 1930s Duncan Thomas was at the forefront of innovation within the Scotch whisky industry and his innovative philosophy is ingrained into everything that is done at Loch Lomond to this day
  • The multi award winning Loch Lomond whiskies range includes the Loch Lomond 12-Year-Old which has been awarded the Platinum Award in 2020, one of only 7 single malts to be awarded this honour at the San Francisco World Spirits Challenge 2020. Other expressions in the range are the single malts Loch Lomond Original; Loch Lomond Classic; Loch Lomond 18-Year-Old; Loch Lomond 50-Year-Old; the Loch Lomond Island’s Collection which includes the Inchmurrin and Inchmoan ranges as well as the deluxe blend Loch Lomond Signature and Loch Lomond Single Grain
  • Loch Lomond Inchmoan 12-Year-Old has been awarded Best Highland Single Malt 12 Years and Under at the 2018 World Whiskies Awards and a Gold Medal at the 2020 San Francisco 2020 Awards
  • Loch Lomond Whiskies was recently also awarded the following medals at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition:
    • PLATINUM: Loch Lomond 12 Year Old
    • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL – Inchmurrin 12 Year Old
    • GOLD MEDAL – Inchmoan 12 Year Old
    • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL – Loch Lomond 18 Year Old
    • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL: Loch Lomond 10 Year Old

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