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 »
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.
A 1988 vintage Littlemill from independent bottler Douglas Laing as part of their Director's Cut series, reserved for their best casks. Distilled in November, it was aged for 25 years before 225 bottles were yielded in June 2014.
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 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.
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 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).
A 1990 vintage Rosebank from independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail as part of their Cask Strength Collection. Bottled after 15 years of maturation in two refill sherry butts, this is a sweeter malt with notes of vanilla. Rosebank sadly closed in 1993 and bottlings are becoming ever increasingly sought after.