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 »
Famously the only whisky distillery in Scotland to triple distil every drop, Auchentoshan have been placing small batches of their spirit in North American virgin oak since the start of the millennium. This has a spicy note and a great complexity.
A 1992 vintage Littlemill from independent bottlers Berry Bros & Rudd as part of their Berry's Own Selection series. The distillery closed for good in this year, just a few years after having been reopened in 1989, so this will be one of the last distillates from the distillery and a real piece of history.
A 1991 vintage Bladnoch released by independent bottlers Douglas Laing as part of their Old Particular series. This was distilled just two years before the distillery was mothballed by then owners United Distillers.
A rare 1988 vintage Littlemill from independent bottlers Berry Brothers and Rudd. Littlemill was in fact mothballed from 1984 to 1989, so we presume this came from the small amount of test distillation they would have been doing at the time to keep the equipment in working order. The distillery closed for good in 1992 and bottlings are becoming harder to find.
A sherry matured whisky from closed Littlemill, distilled in 1990 and bottled in 2012 at 22 years of age by The Whisky Agency. This is part of their Sea Life series of whiskies and has a crab infested label.
A 1984 vintage whisky from Bladnoch distilled shortly after the distillery was bought by Arthur Bell & Co (who later joined the Guinness group) and bottled in 1992 by Gordon & Macphail for the Connoisseurs Choice range, shortly before the distillery was mothballed.
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.
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.