Loch Lomond Whisky Distillery & Story
Loch Lomond Whisky Distillery is located very close to the south shore of Loch Lomond.
The Distillery itself actually sits on the political Highland/Lowland line. However, its water source is collected from above the Highland line, so the distillery is considered as being in the Highland region.
The distillery is 6 miles north of Dumbarton, situated in an industrial area between Alexandria and Jamestown.
Loch Lomand (lock-low-mund) uses three types of stills; pot stills, Lomond pattern stills and continuous stills.
How the Loch Lomond story began
An earlier distillery called Loch Lomond existed between 1814-1817 situated at the northern end of the loch.
The present distillery converted from a dyeing factory in 1965/6 by the Littlemill Distillery Co Ltd. Owned by Duncan Thomas and the American firm Barton Brands.
Production commenced in 1966.
In 1971 Duncan Thomas is taken over by Barton Brands (USA).
The distillery closed in 1984. However, the following year the distillery is purchased by Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouses.
Re-opened again in 1987 and has been in production ever since.
A continuous still is installed in 1993 so grain spirits could be produced.
The following year Glen Catrine acquires from receivership the Cambeltown Glen Scotia Distillery.
During 1997 a fire destroys 300,000 liters of maturing stock.
Two years later two more stills are added.
Craiglodge, Inchmoan, Inchmurrin 12 year olds are released in 2005.
Followed by Croftenges 1996, Glen Douglas 2001, Inchfad 2002, during 2006.
These whisky releases are from different distilation setting runs on the distillery’s Lomond stills.
2010 the distillery releases a peated “Loch Lomond” No Age Statement. Plus a vintage 1966.
Two years later the Inchmurrin range of 12, 15, 18 and 21 Year Olds are released.
During the spring 2014 both the Loch Lomond and Glen Scotia Distilleries are acquired by Exponent Private Equity forming the Loch Lomond Group.
In the same year an Organic Loch Lomond 12 year old and a single blend are released.
During 2015 Loch Lomond No Age Statement becomes “Loch Lomond Original” in new packaging. Plus a single grain whisky.
The following year the 12 and 18 year old are added to the core range.
The Loch Lomond Whisky Distillery
Founded in 1965 by the Littlemill Distillery Co.
Location; Highlands region, Western district.
Water source; Bore Holes on site.
Loch Lomond Whisky Distillery Equipment.
Full lauter mash tun.
21 Stainless steel washbacks. Split between ten * 25,000 litre and eleven * 50,000 litre capacities.
2 traditional pot stills.
6 Lomand pattern stills.
1 coffey still for continuous production.
A further Column still for grain whisky. Fed by a further 20 washbacks.
On site cooperage.
Matured in American bourbon with some wine casks.
Loch Lomond whisky distillery can produce 8 different styles of single malts by employing six unusual stills with rectifying heads (known as Lomond Stills) and two conventional pot stills with traditional ‘swan necks’.
One of the factors that have a great influence on the character of the spirit produced is the physical length and shape of the still neck:
Longer the neck – the lighter (or cleaner) the spirit,
Shorter the neck – the more full-bodied (or fatter) the spirit.
Difference between the Lomond still and a traditional pot still is that a rectifying head replaces the lyne arm.
Here a system of horizontal and parallel plates, just like in the Coffey still collects the spirit vapours. But, contrary to the Coffey still, the distillation is not continuous.
By using the rectifying heads in a number of different ways, the stills replicate the effect of different lengths of ‘neck’ without physically altering the shape of the still.
However, this particular design of still does not produce the full range of spirit required, which is why the distillery also has two traditionally designed stills as well.
This distillation set up the distillery can produce a full range of malts (from Islay to Speyside to Highland ‘types’). This makes the company less reliant on the availability of malt whisky from other Scotch distilleries, and better control over costs.
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Loch Lomond Whisky Distillery Brands.
The distillery produces the single malts: Loch Lomond, Inchmurrin.
Some other less known whiskies produced by the distillery are: Loch Lomond HP, Craiglodge, Croftengea, Glen Douglas Old Roshdhu and Inchmoan.
The distillery acquired a Coffey still in 1993 in order to produce grain whisky for its own blends.
A blend called Loch Lomond is available. Other blends from this distillery are Loch Lomond Single Blend, High Commissioner Blended Whisky and Scots Earl Blended Whisky.