Multi award-winning drinks distiller, Loch Lomond Group, has revealed its new Single Grain Scotch Whisky: Spearhead.
The pioneering move by the brand is intended to revolutionize Loch Lomond Group’s portfolio, with Spearhead unlike anything else in its offering.
The whisky is bold and sweeter in style, similar to a Bourbon. It is crafted at Loch Lomond’s distillery in Alexandria, and distilled using a continuous Coffey style still, allowing for a lighter spirit to be created. The spirit is then 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 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.
Displayed in a striking Bourbon-style bottle, Spearhead offers notes of vanilla pod, blackberries and dark chocolate, making it a deliciously light neat dram, or an exciting base for longer serves. Spearhead is an ideal expression for those who enjoy American and Irish Whiskey and are keen to venture into the world of Scotch.
Alongside news of the launch of Spearhead, Loch Lomond Group have also appointed premium spirits distributer Mangrove UK to manage the distribution of Spearhead in the UK. Having previously managed all their distribution in-house, this step will further their options for on and off-trade deals in key markets within the UK. Initially the focus will be the on-trade and independent retailers.
Calum Leslie, Head of Innovation at Loch Lomond Group, said:
“We have been working very hard to create an innovative new Scotch Whisky and we are pleased to finally launch Spearhead to market.
While this style of whisky is very popular in the Irish and American markets, there isn’t anything comparable in the Scotch sector. Spearhead is one of a kind, championing the single grain, something we know will resonate a lot with people.
Adopting our 200-year history of distilling, Spearhead has been created with the same level of care and expertise that goes into each and every one of Loch Lomond Group’s expressions.We are also very pleased to be announcing our partnership with Mangrove UK and we are looking forward to working with their experienced team to introduce Spearhead to audiences across the UK.”
Nick Gillett, MD at Mangrove UK said:
“To say that we are excited to start a partnership with LLG would be an understatement, they have a rich heritage of distilling and have been going from strength-to-strength in recent years. We look forward to building on their distribution and working alongside their team to bring to life this hugely disruptive and exciting brand.”
Priced at £30 RRP with an ABV of 43% and available to purchase online Spearhead will be available globally from summer 2021.