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 30 year old whisky from closed St Magdalene, aka Linlithgow, which stopped production in 1983 and has since been converted into flats. This whisky was distilled in October 1982 and bottled in February 2013 after maturing in a refill butt.
A cask strength Cadenhead's bottling of the lost distillery Littlemill, one of Scotland's oldest distilleries that was closed in 1994 and later demolished. This edition was distilled in 1989 and bottled at its impressive full strength of 59.7%.
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 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.
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.
St Magdalene's 1979 entry in the Rare Malts series. The distillery closed in 1983, as part of the mass-closures across the industry at the time, and this is one of the few official bottlings that made it out of the distillery. It's an excellent malt, picking up a stack of 90+ scores from the Malt Maniacs.
Please note that this bottle has a low level.
A rather good looking independently bottled St Magdalene from Cadenhead's, who bill themselves as 'Scotlands oldest independent bottler' on the box. This was distilled in 1982, the year before the distillery closed and was matured for 26 years.