Loch Lomond distillery

Highland Scotch Whisky

The first distillery held a set of pot stills with rectifying plates in their necks, allowing different flavour streams to be produced. Expansion in 1986 saw a second pair of the same design being installed, before the distillery expanded with two Coffey stills (one of which is set up to produce grain whisky from a 100% malted barley mash) and two pairs of ‘standard’ pot stills. In total, there are eight different distillates produced for its whisky brands (not including the spirit coming from Glen Scotia). Wine yeasts have also been used to help create different flavours. In many ways it is more akin to a Japanese approach to distilling than a Scottish one.

As well as the High Commisisoner blend, a range of single malt brands are produced. Names include Inchmurrin, Rosdhu, Croftengea and Inchmoan. It is unclear what strategy Loch Lomond's new owner, Exponent [see below], will take with these.

  • Region
    Highland
  • Production type
    Blended Scotch
    Single grain
    Single malt
  • Distillery Status
    Working
  • Brands produced here
    Craiglodge
    Croftengea
    Glen Douglas
    Inchfad
    Inchmoan
    Inchmurrin
    Old Rhosdhu
    The Glengarry

Loch Lomond History

A product of the 1960s distillery building boom, Loch Lomond was built in ’66 by a joint partnership between Duncan Thomas, the American owner of [now demolished] Littlemill, and Chicago-based Barton Brands. The American firm took full control in 1971, but closed it in 1984 when that boom turned to bust. It passed into the hands of Inver House the year after, before they flipped it to Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse Co in 1986. The firm added Glen Scotia to its portfolio in 1994.

Glen Catrine was the bottling and ageing arm of Bulloch & Co, a well-established blending and retail firm which owned the High Commissioner brand as well as, in time, Glen’s Vodka. Under Glen Catrine’s ownership, Loch Lomond grew to become the most flexible – and arguably the most innovative – distillery in Scotland. Its specialisation in the private label and export business however meant that its operations were never widely reported, or understood.

The firm was sold in 2014 for an undisclosed sum (believed to be in the tens of millions) to private equity firm Exponent whose new distilling division, Loch Lomond Group, is headed by former Diageo executives.

Timeline

  • 1966 Loch Lomond distillery is founded by Duncan Thomas and American company, Barton Brands
  • 1971 Barton Brands buys out Thomas and assumes full control
  • 1984 Loch Lomond is closed after demand slows
  • 1985 The distillery is sold to Inver House, which sells it onto Glen Catrine the following year
  • 1993 Loch Lomond begins producing grain spirits
  • 1997 A fire breaks out, destroying around 300,000 litres of whisky
  • 1999 Two additional stills are installed
  • 2005 The distillery releases Inchmoan, Craiglodge and Inchmurrin whiskies
  • 2014 Glen Catrine is sold to private equity investment firm Exponent and operates under new division, Loch Lomond Group

Loch Lomond Facts

  • Blends contributed to i
    Loch Lomond, High Commissioner
  • Capacity (mlpa) i
    4 (malt)
    18 (grain)
  • Condenser Type i
    Shell and tube
  • Cook time i
    Flash cook
  • Distillation system i
    Analyser/ rectifier
  • Fermentation Time i
    Minimum 70hrs (malt)
    60hrs (grain)
  • Filling Strength i
    64.5% (malt)
    69-70% (grain)
  • Grain type i
    Wheat
  • Grist Weight (t) i
    9.5
  • Heat Source i
    Steam coils
  • Malt Specification i
    Unpeated (47 weeks per year), 25ppm (2 weeks of the year), 50ppm (3 weeks of the year)
  • Malt Supplier i
    Boortmalt, Crisp
  • Malted barley % i
    10%
  • Mash Tun Type i
    Lauter
  • New-make Phenol Level i
    Unpeated
  • New-make Strength i
    65-85% (malt)
    94.2% (grain)
  • Number of columns i
    Two sets of analyser/ rectifiers
  • Single Malt Percentage i
    10%
  • Spirit Still Charge (l) i
    14,000
  • Spirit Still Shape i
    Various
  • Spirit Still Size (l) i
    16,000
  • Stills i
    7 (6 pot, 1 continuous)
  • Warehousing i
    Racked, palletised
  • Wash Still Charge (l) i
    22,000
  • Wash Still Shape i
    Various
  • Wash Still Size (l) i
    25,000
  • Washback Type i
    Stainless steel
  • Washbacks i
    18
  • Water Source i
    Borehole
  • Wort Clarity i
    Very clear
  • Yeast Type i
    Kerry m/mx, Mauri, Anchor

Owners

Parent company

Current owner

  • Loch Lomond Distillers

Previous owners

  • Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse 1986 - 2014
  • Inver House Distillers 1985 - 1986
  • Barton Brands 1966 - 1985
  • Duncan Thomas 1966 - 1971 (joint with Barton Brands)

Contact

Address
Loch Lomond Distillery
Bowie Road
Lomond Industrial Estate
Alexandria
Dunbartonshire
G83 0TL
United Kingdom
Website
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Phone
+44 1389 752781
Email
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Visitor Opening Hours
Not open to the public

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See also

  • Lomond Lomond Lomond Distillery

    Lomond

    The first example of a Lomond still was situated at the Lomond distillery in the Dumbarton complex.

  • Littlemill Littlemill Littlemill Distillery & brand

    Littlemill

    One of Scotland's oldest distilleries.

  • The Vintage Malt Whisky Co The Vintage Malt Whisky Co The Vintage Malt Whisky Co Independent bottler

    Vintage Malt Whisky Co

    Family-owned Scotch whisky bottler.

  • Ardmore Ardmore Ardmore Distillery & brand

    Ardmore

    A peated Highland malt.

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