Loch Lomond to release 50-year-old malt with £12k price tag

Loch Lomond Distillery is to release a limited edition 50-year-old single malt whisky with a £12,000 price tag.

Only 60 of the special decanters of the whisky are being produced with The Whisky Shop, The Whisky Exchange, Royal Mile Whiskies and Master of Malt all listing it when it is launched in December.

The whisky has been bottled at 46.2% abv and has matured in an American oak hogshead and then a European oak hogshead.  

Production director John Peterson said: “Our straight neck pot stills were unique in 1966 when they were first installed, and they are still unique to this day, providing us with greater control over the quality and flavour profile of the spirit.”

Master blender Michael Henry added: “The expectations are high when you are working with a whisky as special and scarce as this and it came with great responsibility, but selecting and perfecting this single malt was a true honour. 

“Our stills are synonymous with the fruity notes they give to the whisky. The Loch Lomond 50 Year Old has been granted the time to truly concentrate that character, resulting in a rich, tropical fruit flavour.”

The whisky comes in a hand-blown crystal decanter presented in a bespoke oak chest lined with leather, created by Scottish “architects of objects” Method Studio. 

The individually-numbered chests also contain a miniature shaped in a brass vial, lined in glass and reminiscent of a straight neck pot still. 

Method Studio creative director Callum Robinson said: “There are few distilleries named after a body of water as opposed to a place, and we drew great inspiration from Scotland’s most romantic, dramatic and historic loch.

“The Loch Lomond 50 Year Old is borne out of a truly mystical place of wood, fire, water and metal and our aim was to harness this energetic, elemental group of ingredients to create something unique, and worthy of its heritage.

“Each chest is designed to capture, in a three dimensional object, the mood and movement of moonlight dancing on tempestuous water.”