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.
The most southerly distillery in Scotland, Bladnoch was mothballed in 1993 by Diageo due to overproduction. Reopened under new ownership in 2000, it is enjoying a renaissance whilst producing less than 10% of what it used to. This is the lightly peated offering from the distillery.
The ever-popular Auchentoshan 3 Wood is matured initially in bourbon casks before being finished in Oloroso or Pedro Ximenez casks for an extra layer of rich, sweet fruitiness. San Francisco WSC - Double Gold Medal Winner IWSC 2012 - Gold Medal - Whisky - Scotch
A 12 year old bottling from Bladnoch. Aged in a sherry cask, this would have come from one of the first batches produced at Bladnoch since it reopened in 2000. This has the distillery's trademark lemon note with a hint of marmalade from the sherry cask maturation.
A single cask release from Lowland independent distillery Bladnoch, distilled in 2001 and aged for 11 years in sherry butt #281. This is even more different to regular Bladnoch by being lightly peated, for a touch of smoke with the sherry cask flavours.
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 12 year old bottling from Bladnoch, from the distillery which reopened in 2000. Aged in a sherry cask, this would have come from one of the first batches produced and comes with the distillery's sheep label.
A 1990 vintage Bladnoch from veteran indie bottler Berry Brothers & Rudd, the oldest family owned spirits and wine merchant in the world. This was distilled a few years before the then owners United Distillers mothballed the distillery and a decade before its more recent rebirth.