In the early 2018 Loch Lomond Distillery signed five-year deal to become the “Sprit of the Open”, having taken over the sponsorship from Glenmorangie.
The 2018 collection was created in association with golfers Colin Montgomerie and Paul Lawrie and includes tree expressions – The Open Special Edition, The Open Course Collection Carnoustie 1999 and 1999 Vintage Autograph Edition. The Open Special Edition is non age statement whisky created from spirit distilled from wine yeast fermentation and matured in first fill bourbon barrels and re-charred American oak hogsheads. The whisky is bottled at 46% abv without chill-filtration.
Nose: fruity, peaches, pears, apples, vanilla, maple syrup, brown sugar, dash of white pepper and distant hint of smoke.
Palate: vanilla custard, caramel, butterscotch, apricots, baked apples and pears, hints of cinnamon and pepper and delicate oaky notes.
Finish: medium long, with notes of vanilla, creamy toffee, orchard fruits, dash of spice and fainting hint of smoke.