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 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".
An old Connoisseurs Choice bottling of the ludicrouslyrare Kinclaith. Distilled in 1966, this is aged for 16 years before being bottled, labelled as a Highland malt despite the fact that Kinclaith was made in Glasgow at the Strathclyde complex.
A 1975 vintage Kinclaith set from Signatory containing a bottle, a mini and a glass. The distillery was only operational between 1957 and 1975, with almost all the production intended for the Long John blends and no distillery bottlings ever released. Bottlings from the distillery are therefore extremely rare and much sought-after.
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.
A 1965 vintage of the extremely rare Kinclaith from independent bottlers William Cadenhead. The distillery was situated within the Strathclyde grain complex from 1957 to 1975 and no official bottlings were ever released. Almost all of the production went into the Long John range of blended whiskies and such, single malt bottlings are incredibly sought after.
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, with the distillery name misspelt. 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.