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 1975 vintage Ladyburn from independent bottlers Signatory. This was distilled in the same year the distillery closed, having only been operational for 9 years, making it one of the rarest single malts around.
A 1991 vintage Rosebank, released by independent bottlers Signatory. Having been matured in cask number 563 for 12 years, this was bottled just after the turn of the millennium, around a decade after the distillery sadly closed.
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 1970s bottling of 5 year old whisky from Littlemill. Claiming to be the Scotland's first whisky distillery, founded in 1772, it was located in the village of Bowling, to the west of Glasgow and closed in 1992. As with other closed distilleries, bottlings are becoming ever-rarer and more sought after.
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 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.