Most Lowland towns of any size had a distillery 150 years ago, although today there are only three operating distilleries in the Lowlands. The Lowland malts are generally light in body and aroma; fresh, grassy, lemony, with a flavour that may begin sweet but rapidly become dry, and a very short finish. In other words, they make excellent aperitifs. Read More »
A no-age-statement Auchentoshan released in 2008, Classic is aimed at drawing in new drinkers to malt whisky, and has the easy-going drinkability to do the job. Not only that, but Auchentoshan Classic has now received a Kosher endorsement.
This Auchentoshan 12 yrs expression replaced the old 10 year-old a few years ago in 2008, when the range was totally revamped, and has been hailed as a big improvement on the occasionally lacklustre 10yo.
This is the 1999 vintage from the Distillers Edition series from Diageo. Finished in casks which previously held Amontillado sherry, the medium dry nuttiness complements the lighter style of this Lowland whisky.
A 1993 vintage Bladnoch from independent bottler Gordon & Macphail as part of their Connoisseurs Choice series. This was bottled in 2013, the year before the distillery was liquidated and put up for sale.
A 1992 vintage whisky from Bladnoch, bottled by independent bottlers Berry Brothers and Rudd. Distilled the year before the distillery was mothballed by then owners United Distillers, this was bottled in 2013 at 21 years of age.
A 1992 vintage Bladnoch, released by independent bottler Hunter Laing as part of its Old Malt Cask series. Distilled in November, it was aged in a refill hogshead for 21 years before 322 bottles were yielded in May 2014.
A commemorative limited edition from independent bottlers Hart Brothers of 20 year old single malt from the lost Lowland distillery Littlemill, released in April 2011 to celebrate the Royal Marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
The second 20yo Glenkinchie bottled for Diageo's Special Releases is, like the first, a small batch from refill American oak casks. This is an equally enjoyable dram, in our opinion a bit better, although it definitely needs a drop of water to get going.