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 well-aged, independently bottled whisky from lost distillery Littlemill, not only closed, but also destroyed in a fire. This was distilled in October 1988 and bottled over 25 years later in February 2014 at an easy drinking cask strength of 43.5%. It's bottlings like this that are building Littlemill's reputation, years after they stopped producing spirit.
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.
Another hit from the Super Premium releases from Diageo, this muscly 20 year-old is a world away from the more middle-of-the-road 10 year-old expression. A delicious sweet and spicy palate, with supple, polished old-school malt character.
An increasingly hard to find bottling, as it was discontinued a while back, from the closed and now redeveloped Rosebank distillery. A victim of the early 1990s downturn in the whisky market and producer of some beautiful whiskies. MAXIMUM 1 BOTTLE PER CUSTOMER.
A 1991 vintage Bladnoch from independent bottler Mackillop's. Distilled on August 13, this was aged for 22 years before being bottled in March 2014. Two years after this was distilled, the distillery closed and was silent for seven years.
An old bottle of Glentoshan whisky from Auchentoshan distillery. This NAS bottling from Auchentoshan has been triple distilled and matured in sherry casks. Without the age statement it is hard to tell, but this looks to be fairly young whisky (less than 10 years old).
The third cask bottled by The Scotch Malt Whisky from Auchentoshan in the Lowlands - the only Scottish distillery to triple distil every drop. This was distilled in January 1979 and bottled 11 years later in September 1990 presumably, judging by the colour, from a sherry cask.
A historic bottling - the first ever official release of Inverleven, the Lowland distillery closed in 1991. This is one of the first releases in Chivas Brothers' Deoch an Doras series - the name (roughly pronounced 'Jock an Doris') means 'a drink at the door', the Gaelic equivalent of 'one for the road' - although why the Irish spelling of 'doras' has been used instead of the Scottish 'doruis' or 'dorus' is probably one for the marketing dept to answer.