A distillery in Ayrshire where Robert Burns lived and worked is set to bottle its first-ever whisky.
The independently-owned distillery at the 222-acre Lochlea Farm near Tarbolton has been quietly distilling, casking, and maturing its inaugural release, which is due to be unveiled in late 2021.
Permission was first given for plans to build a whisky production site and visitor centre at the farm, which is known for being the home and workplace of Burns from 1777 to 1784, way back in 2014.
With work getting underway in 2017, the Lochlea Distillery team has since been working on creating a truly distinct whisky under the watchful eye of distillery manager and industry authority, Malcolm Rennie.
With 34 years in the whisky industry, Malcolm cut his teeth on Kilchoman, Bruichladdich and Ardbeg, but sees Lochlea Whisky as the result of his life’s work.