Loch Lomond Whisky
Loch Lomond WhiskyOver the course of Loch Lomond’s existence, the distillery has released seven different malts. Four of them were destined for blending, the remaining three were intended to be bottled as single malt whiskies, though most have been released as such over the years. Bottlings have been under the names: Inchmurrin, Inchmoan, Inchfad, Crotengea, Glen Douglass, Craiglodge and, naturally, Loch Lomond, each with varying peat levels. The name Loch Lomond is used for single malt releases though it is also used for a blended Scotch produced onsite using both grain and malt whisky.
Loch Lomond was in such a good position to release so many different whiskies as it had an unusual set up of stills. There were three sets of stills, two were fitted with rectification columns as well as five continuous stills. Loch Lomond sits in an industrial complex, once home to Britain’s earliest car factory. The distillery was built in 1965 by the Littlemill Distillery Company Ltd, under the ownership of Duncan Thomas and American Barton Brands. Production began a year later.
The distillery has a total yearly capacity of four million litres, though just 2.5 million litres of malt whisky are produced. However, the distillery turns out ten million litres of grain whisky per annum. The distillery closed in 1984 and it was acquired a year later by Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse Ltd. In 1987, production began once more and six years later a Coffey Still was installed. The final pair of stills were installed in 1999, for two years prior, the distillery had experienced a devastating fire and as much as 300,000 litres of whisky was lost.