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 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.
A 1973 vintage whisky from Inverleven, a malt distillery that operated from within the Dumbarton grain distillery complex until 1991. This is part of Chivas Brothers's Deoch an Doras series, roughly translated as 'One for the road', and was bottled in 2011 at 37 years old.
A 1953 vintage Glen Grant from independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail. This was bottled in 2012 at the grand age of 58 years, all spent in a first fill sherry butt. Just 294 bottles were drawn from the cask. This bottling was given an average of 90 points by six of the Malt Maniacs.
A 1982 vintage St Magdalene (aka Linlithgow) from independent bottlers Hart Brothers. This was distilled just a year before the distillery closed and bottlings from the distillery are much sought after.
A 1981 vintage whisky from St Magdalene, aka Linlithgow, bottled by Gordon & Macphail for their Connoisseurs Choice range in 1999. St Magdalene closed in 1983 and has since been converted into a block of flats.
A punchy yet well aged example of whisky from distillery 25, according to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society's numbering scheme. This was distilled at closed Lowlander Rosebank in April 1981 and was bottled 21 years later in August 2002.
A 1982 vintage St Magdalene from independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail as part of the Rare Old series. This was distilled the year before the distillery sadly closed, and was bottled in 2013 after around three decades of maturation.
A 1975 vintage whisky from Linlithgow distillery, also known as St. Magdalene distillery. This whisky has been matured in a single oak cask for 25 years, and has been bottled at cask strength. Bottled by Signatory in September 2000.