Loch Dhu - the black scotch
Maybe 12 years ago, a friend brought me a bottle of Loch Dhu - a black scotch. And I mean black. It was the color of tar but very flavorful. I've never seen it in the U.S. since. Has anyone seen it, tried it or know what makes it black? I've always felt that it was like drinking sweet asphalt and must have been a carcinogen. Hey, but I'm still here. Any thoughts or experiences?
Loch Dhu is sort of like the Edsel of Scotch whiskies. It was released by the now closed down Mannochmore distillery around 1996-1997 to great fanfare, but most people thought it tasted terrible. The dark color was said to come from a special charring process used on the barrels.
Because it was such a flop, many people discarded their bottles and it's now a big collectors' item, so if you have an unopened bottle, as some collectors say, "Sell it, but don't ever drink it."
There is a new black whisky being marketed called Cu Dhub which is supposed to be a similar style. It is made by Speyside Distillers but I don't know the source of the whisky.
I had heard that a charred oak cask was used, I thought it had a smokey taste. I check older liquor stores when I come across them, no luck.....yet