Michael Henry, master blender
Michael Henry, master blender

Very few distilleries in Scotland have such a diverse and expansive set of tools available to make whisky. At Loch Lomond, the combination of one-of-a-kind stills, and varying distillation strengths and peating levels means it currently produces eight styles of single malt, and that’s on top of a range of grain whiskies it also produces.

To understand just how creative this allows Loch Lomond to be, we have invited master blender Michael Henry to lead a masterclass exploring the distillery alongside writer Charles Maclean. He will show us the different tools he has at his disposal, and how this gives him a flexibility when creating whiskies that is unrivalled in the whisky industry.

During the masterclass we will try six cask samples highlighting the distillery’s unique production methods, and comparing the resulting whiskies:

  • unpeated malt, swan-neck pot still, normal collection strength
  • unpeated malt, straight-neck pot still, high collection strength
  • unpeated malt, straight-neck pot still, low collection strength
  • heavily peated malt, swan-neck pot still, normal collection strength
  • heavily peated malt, straight-neck pot still, high collection strength
  • heavily peated malt, swan-neck pot still, low collection strength

This is a rare chance to learn about whisky making with an expert in modern distillation techniques. A must for both geeks and those who love great-tasting whisky.

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