The Lochlea Distillery has kicked off a series of limited edition bottlings with the Sowing Edition First Crop. The range shines a light on the growing of the most important ingredient for single malt whisky – barley. This particular expression represents spring, when the barley seeds are sown. The whisky was filled into first-fill bourbon casks (which is a bit like sowing seeds, except instead of seeds, it's spirit, and instead of putting the seeds into the ground, the spirit is put into barrels... OK, maybe it's not super similar, but you see where we were going with it, right?), and eventually bottled up at 48% ABV.
Nose: Lots of vanilla pod and biscuity notes as it opens, leading into peach and white grape.
Palate: Vibrant and slightly zesty with green apple and citrus, balanced by buttery malt and a touch of toasted nut.
Finish: Lingering honeyed sweetness.