Crannog is delighted to now be able to serve our guests a wee dram of Glenlochy Rare Old Single Malt Whisky, distributed by Gordon & MacPhails; part of the Rare Old Range. This whisky, from a distillery which is no longer in operation, was brewed at the former Glenlochy Distillery, built in 1898 by the Fort William Distillery Co Ltd.
In 1937 Thomas Rankin, a local to Fort William, and who, strangely enough, had a car hire firm, bought the distillery. He then sold it on to distillers Train and McIntyre, who transferred it to their subsidiary Associated Scottish Distillers Ltd. This company acquired a range of other distilleries at the same time, including Bruichladdich, Benromach, Fettercairn, Glenesk, Glenury Royal and Strathdee. Glenlochy was in production until 1983. In 1992 the site was sold to West Coast Inns Ltd, and developed it into a hotel complex.
This Glenlochy Rare Old Single Malt was distilled in 1979 and is 46% proof. It is pale gold in colour with a medium body. Its cask was a refill sherry hogshead and its style is classic Highland – a bit like Crannog!
Gordon & MacPhail suggested the following tasting notes, both with and without water:
Aroma – Campino boiled sweets and fresh apple pie. Freshly cut green grass and driftwood aromas.
Taste – Initially sweet and salty – toasted digestive biscuits, with a hint of smoke.
Aroma – Aromas of Manzanilla Sherry and hot sand on the beach. Dark chocolate and freshly ground black pepper notes emerge.
Taste – A subtle smokiness with flavours of freshly baked shortcrust pastry and oiled wood developing.