Grain-to-glass Scottish distillery Lochlea has released the second batch of its seasonal release, Harvest Edition.
The Lowland distillery's small-batch expressions mark different points in the agricultural calendar – Harvest, Fallow, Ploughing, and Sowing – each showcasing its house style through different maturation casks.
The Harvest Edition Second Crop has been matured in a combination of tawny and ruby port casks, STR (shaved, toasted, and re-charred) barriques, and first-fill bourbon barrels.
Lochlea production director John Campbell said: “As a working farm, these expressions tie in to reflect our farming calendar here at Lochlea. For this year’s Harvest Edition Second Crop we have incorporated a much higher proportion of port casks as the spirit is another year older and we felt that it could stand up to the richness and intensity these casks add. This has really helped to enhance the whisky’s creaminess, whilst also introducing a delightful peppery, floral spice that the spirit gets from the STR barriques.
“We are really proud of this release, which has been inspired by the end of summer, when our golden barley is harvested and eventually used for the next year’s production.”
- Harvest Edition Second Crop is non-chill filtered and has been bottled at 46% ABV, the same strength as Harvest Edition First Crop. It is available now from Lochlea stockists (RRP £51.60).
In addition to the seasonal limited editions, Lochlea has a core whisky expression available all year round: Our Barley, an unpeated single malt has been matured in first fill ex-bourbon, oloroso sherry, and STR casks.