Loch Dhu: The Black Whisky
You've heard of the Black Irish? Now feast your eyes on the black scotch. It's called Loch Dhu – gaelic for black lake – and it's only available in extremely limited quantities.
It's common practice in whisky craft to char the barrels in which the malt will be aged; Loch Dhu is unique because the distillers charred their casks twice, giving the product a velvety black color and a distinct flavor.
The whisky was produced for a few years in the mid 90s at the Mannochmore distillery in Scotland, which alternates its production year by year with the Glenlossie distillery nearby with which it shares its staff. As a result demand is quite high: 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.