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 lovely old bottle of the ridiculously rare Kinclaith, this is from the 1966 vintage and was bottled in the early 1980s at 16 years old for the Connoisseurs Choice series by Gordon & Macphail, who have labelled it as a Highland malt despite the fact that Kinclaith was made in Glasgow at the Strathclyde complex.
A 20 year old distillery bottling of Rosebank produced for Italian importers Zenith. Rosebank is now closed and bottlings are becoming increasingly hard to obtain. This particular one received an impressive average of 91 points from 8 of the Malt Maniacs.
A 1967 vintage bottling of Rosebank from independent bottlers Cadenhead's. Rosebank distillery, closed in 1993, was sited in Falkirk and the road going through the rebuilt site is aptly called "The Maltings".
Extraordinarily rare malt, even by Kinclaith's standards: just 64 (!) bottles were yielded when G&M bottled it in 1996 from what must have been, judging by the colour, an exceptional refill sherry hogshead. Kinclaith was founded in 1957 and closed in 1975. This incredibly scarce Lowlander has never been officially bottled as most of its output went into parent company Schenley International's Long John blend.
One of the rarest single malts to have existed, Kinclaith distillery was housed within the Strathclyde Grain Whisky complex from 1957 to 1975. This 1969 vintage was aged for 40 years before being released by independent bottlers Signatory.
A bottling of the ultra rare Dunglass from Lombard. This was an experimental peated malt produced at Littlemill distillery in 1967. Only a handful of bottlings were ever released, making this an incredibly sought after malt.
A 12 year old official bottling of the ultra rare Ladyburn. Not a distillery per se, Ladyburn was produced from a set of pot stills in a corner of Girvan grain distillery. They were only operational for 9 years (from 1966 to 1975), making this one of the shortest lived single malts to come from Scotland. We estimate this was bottled in the 1980s.
An impressive new release from Auchentoshan, aging their triple distilled spirit for a whopping 44 years before bottling in 2011. A 1966 vintage whisky, great for both good drams and the wonders of English football.