Loch Dhu

Loch Dhu

Single Malt Scotch Whisky

A cult whisky for all the wrong reasons - many people dislike it. It is incredibly dark in colour, and its distinctive taste has won it many fans, especially in Scandinavia. Now that it is no longer produced, bottles change hands for significantly more than its original selling price.

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Loch DhuSingle Malt Scotch Whisky

Loch Dhu, 'The Black Whisky' was made at Mannochmore by Diageo in 1996-7.

Although the marketing story was that the whisky was matured in 'double-charred' casks, the pitch-black colour of the malt was achieved by the addition of vast quantities of spirit caramel (while contemporary rumours attributed it to anything from a deliberate lack of filtration to the addition of powdered charcoal).

Reviled by whisky writers and industry critics, the Loch Dhu experiment was shortlived - however, since production was stopped the brand has assumed a cult status, and is extremely popular in the American market. Dwindling stocks and an increased demand due to its rarity have transformed this much-maligned malt into a collector's item - a situation that has sparked the copycat Cu Dubh black malt from Speyside distillery and caused much exasperated head-shaking amongst whisky purists, many of whom have named it on lists of the worst whisky ever made.

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