Celebrate Burns’ Day with a Leuchie Reserve

Leuchie House are inviting whisky lovers to toast the Scots Bard on 25 January with a dram of Leuchie Reserve.

Launched to coincide with Burns’ Day, the Leuchie Reserve single malt has been produced as a limited release to mark Leuchie House’s fifth year as an independent charity.

The celebratory 15 year old single cask Islay malt was distilled at Bowmore Distillery in 2001, with a production run of only 216 individually numbered bottles.

Leuchie’s Head of Business Development, Carolyn Roulstone, explained how the project had come about. “We were thrilled to be offered the opportunity by Ian Macleod Distillers to have this limited edition bottling of the Bowmore 2001 single cask malt to help raise funds for Leuchie House. It’s the first time we’ve been involved in anything like this at Leuchie so it’s a unique and exciting extension to our fundraising activities.

“We’ve had lots of local support to bring the whisky to market: from creating a striking and original design for the bottle labels, to writing tasting notes, to putting it on sale. We’re extremely grateful for all the help we’ve received. All the profits from sales of the Leuchie Reserve will help ensure people with MS, Parkinson’s and other long term conditions are able to get the respite breaks they desperately need.”

Whisky writer and expert Charlie MacLean described the malt as “An elegant example of the make with plenty of character. Pale gold in colour with initial scents of ripe pears and apples that soon give way to maritime notes, it is warming and lightly smoky as one would expect from Bowmore.”

During the project an interesting connection was uncovered. Bowmore Distillery where the charity whisky was distilled was built in 1779, the same year that Sir Hew Dalrymple commissioned the building of Leuchie House.

The Leuchie Reserve is on sale exclusively from Lockett Bros wine and whisky merchants, High Street, North Berwick and available online at www.lockettbros.co.uk.