Loch Lomond Distillery
Region: Highland/ Lomond Estate, Alexandria, G83 0TL
Owner: Loch Lomond Group
Mash tun: Full lauter
Washbacks: 11x 50,000 litres
Stills: 2 pot stills, 6 Lomond stills, 1 Coffey still
Capacity: 5 million litres per annum
Loch Lomond marks the boundary between the Lowlands and the Highlands of Scotland. This area – so close to the major bottling town of Dumbarton – has been at the heart of the whisky industry for centuries. Sadly though, at least nine distilleries around the Loch have been lost over the years, leaving Loch Lomond Distillers to maintain a proud local tradition into the 21st century.
The first site of the former Loch Lomond Distillery dates back to 1814, sited at the North end of Loch Lomond’s Tarbet (known as Tarbat). Sadly in these days, relatively few paper records were kept and the closing date of this distillery remains unclear.
The current Loch Lomond Distillery was founded in 1964 by the former owners of the Littlemill Distillery, in Bowling, a few miles up the road towards Glasgow. Production began in Loch Lomond the following year in 1965. In 1984 the distillery closed – or fell silent, to use the traditional term. Happily though, Alexander Bulloch and the Glen Catrine company acquired the business and resumed malt production in 1987. Grain whisky production began in 1993 and two new malt stills were added in 1999. At the time the Grain distillery opened in 1994, it was the only distillery in Scotland producing both Grain and Malt whisky. It also operates a unique set-up of three sets of stills. In 2014 the distillery was sold to Exponent Private Equity.