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. [Source: The Whisky Exchange]The last stock has just become available courtesy of a private collector in England, with each bottle selling for approximately $300 once overseas shipping is factored in. Loch Dhu – The Black Whisky
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