A LOCH Lomond distillery has released a new single malt with only 100 individually numbered bottles available worldwide.

Distilled in 1973 using Loch Lomond Whiskies' unique straight-neck pot stills and 100 per cent unpeated malted barley, the distinctive malt whisky matured in American oak casks, first fill bourbon casks, and Oloroso sherry hogsheads.

Michael Henry, master distiller at Loch Lomond Group who joined the distillery in 2007, has overseen the maturation process.

He said: “Loch Lomond 50 Year Old is a rare example of our timeless distillation innovation.

“The decision to re-cask a whisky of this quality and age is not something I take lightly.

“However, the complexity and depth of flavour brought by the first fill bourbon​ and the Oloroso sherry casks have made this a truly special single malt, which provides a window into our past and captures the original style of whisky making at Loch Lomond Distillery.

Only 100 bottles of the newly-released single malt have been produced.Only 100 bottles of the newly-released single malt have been produced. (Image: Loch Lomond Whiskies)

“The expectations are high when you are working with liquid as special and as scarce as this, but it is a true honour to be the final custodian of such a special piece of history.”​

Additional maturation in first-fill bourbon casks in 2011 was followed by a re-cask into Oloroso sherry hogsheads in 2017.

The malt displays a light character with notes of white flesh fruit, citrus, and a touch of tropical character.

Six years in bourbon casks adds a creamy vanilla touch, while the Oloroso sherry cask imparted notes of nutmeg and a lingering taste of woody spice.

Non-chill-filtered and natural in colour, the whisky is bottled at a cask strength of 42.6 percent ABV.

The whisky is available to purchase from the Loch Lomond Whiskies online store and worldwide through specialist retailers.