Lowland Single Malt Whisky

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Traditionally, the Lowlands were a hot bed of whisky production, creating a significant amount of grain whisky for use in blended whisky in addition to single malts. Fast forward a couple of hundred years and there are unfortunately only 5 operational distilleries left in the Lowlands; Auchentoshan, Glenkinchie, Bladnoch and the little known Aisla Bay and Daftmill. Auchentoshan is easily the most famous of these remaining distilleries, although a few of the Lost Distilleries still have stock available to buy despite its increasing rarity. These include whisky from Rosebank, Little Mill, St. Magdalene and Ladyburn. Incidentally, the virtually unheard of Aisla Bay sits on the same site that Ladyburn used to occupy. This is despite the fact that they only produce grain whisky exclusively for blends as opposed to the single malt Ladyburn is famous for.

The Lowlands are not a formal region defined by official borders, but are categorised as any area of main land Scotland that is not in the Highlands. That’s not to say that the Lowlands are completely flat and low lying, as some places in the region are of a higher altitude than certain areas of the Highlands! Whisky produced here is very light due to the uncommon practice of triple filtering the spirit and the exclusion of peated barley during distillation. This tradition most likely developed due to the lack of local peat in the area and the difficulty of transporting peat from the Highlands to the inland Lowland distilleries before modern roads and transportation were introduced. The resulting drams are very light but also become very dry shortly after they hit the palate. They are oft referred to as the ‘Lowland Ladies’ due to their feminine nature and make excellent aperitifs.

  • Auchentoshan 12 years old 40% 70cl
    Triple distilled and matured for over twelve years. The result: a Lowland single malt whisky with the tempting aroma of toasted almonds, caramelised toffee and the signature smooth, delicate, Auchentoshan taste.

    Colour: Golden Honey.
    Nose: Crme brulee, a burst of citrus and the signature nuttiness and green leafiness of Auchentoshan
    Palate: Smooth and sweet with hints of tangerine and lime.
    Finish: Gingery and slightly drying with a pleasant lingering nuttiness.
  • Auchentoshan 18 years old 43% 70cl
    Triple distilled and matured in American bourbon oak for over eighteen years. The result: a refreshing Lowland single malt whisky with the added infusion of ripe citrus and green tea, the warmth of toasted almonds and the signature smooth, delicate, Auchentoshan taste.

    Colour: Deep Golden Summer Barley
    Nose: Fresh tobacco leaf then sweet with a hint of caramelised sugars, green tea and toasted almonds.
    Palate: At first the palate has a floral freshness with sweet barley sugar, this gently ebbs to reveal a tangerine zestiness that leaves the palate alive and refreshed.
    Finish: A long, lingering and well balanced dram that invigorates the mouth.
  • Auchentoshan 50 years old 49.1% 70cl
    The oldest and most rare bottling of Auchentoshan ever produced. 1 of only 18 bottles available in the UK, from a total of 144 bottles world wide.
    Cask No. 480
    Matured 50 years in sherry butts.
    Vintage 1957
    Cask Strength 49.1% vol
  • Auchentoshan American Oak 40% 70cl
    Matured in First Fill American Bourbon casks which gives this Auchentoshan a lovely flavour of vanilla and zesty fruitiness, coconut and a hint of spice. Pronounced ' ock-un-tosh-un'
  • Littlemill 1991 Rare Old Bottled 2015 45.5% 70cl
    The latest release of this closed distillery bottled by Gordon & Macphail under their Rare Old range of malts. Demolished in 2006 stocks are now becoming very rare and collectable.
  • Auchentoshan Classic 40% 70cl
    Triple distilled and matured solely in American bourbon casks. The result: a Lowland single malt whisky with the sweet aromas of vanilla, coconut, and the signature smooth, delicate, Auchentoshan taste.

    Colour: Pale Gold.
    Nose: Rich vanilla and coconut with a hint of green apple and a tang of citrus zest.
    Palate: Sweet vanilla cream, fresh green apple skin and a little mint.
    Finish: A fresh floral zestiness is a wonderful finish.
  • Auchentoshan Three wood 43% 70cl
    This unique Auchentoshan Whisky has been matured in three diffrent cask types. American Bourbon, Spanish Oloroso Sherry and finally Pedro Ximenez Sherry Casks, producing a rich complex whisky with incredible toffee and sherry oak flavours.

    Colour: Rich Golden Bronze
    Nose: Blackcurrant, brown sugar, orange, plum and raisin
    Palate: Fruit and syrup. Hazelnut with hints of cinnamon and lemon. A butterscotch sweetness adds to the overall complexity.
    Finish: Fresh and fruity with long lasting oaky sweetness
  • Glenkinchie 12 years old 43% 70cl
    A rather sweet nose with honey, mslt and ripe fruits hints. The mouth prolongs nicely the nose, even if it is a bit more complex and expressive than the nose was. Near the honey and the fruits, some slightly acid notes are present as well as a touch of nuts at the end. The finish is relatively short and the smooth notes of mouth and nose remain discretely.
  • Ailsa Bay Single Malt 48.9% 70cl
    Ailsa Bay is a new single malt made at the Girvan distillery which usually produces grain whisky. It is beautifully balanced between smoke and sweetness. The nose has intense peat smoke balanced by honey and sweet cured bacon. On the palate the peat comes through then sweetness and a hint of maple syrup. Long and big with sweet peat smoke then spice and oak notes.
    Presented in a unique bottle with an Ailsa craig granite stopper the same stone used to make curling stones.
    PPM 021
  • Littlemill 1988 27 years old Magnum Old & Rare 56% 150cl
    A superb magnum (150cl) of Littlemill distilled in November 1988 bottled may 2106. This is 1 of only 23 magnums each bottle has an indivdual number, prseented in a heavy weight wooden gift box with strong clasps.
    Bottled by Hunter Laing.
  • Bladnoch Samsara 46.7% 70cl
    This is part of a new range from lowland distillery Bladnoch and pays hommage to their 200 year old distillery. Samsara is a made by blending casks of Bladnoch with a minimum age of 8 years, but also containing older whiskies. The casks used ages the malt in first fill bourbon casks and first fill Californian red wines caks The result is a rich and smooth whisky a nose of red fruits, vanilla and citrus blossom. The palate is sweet wine red fruits becoming drier, malty and lingering spice on the finish.
  • Bladnoch Adela 15 years old 46.7% 70cl
    Bladnoch Adela is part of the relaunch of malts from the lowland distillery. Matured in Oloroso sherry casks both first fill and 2nd fill Spanish and American oak for 15 years produces a rich, Full-bodied whisky with sweet sherry fruit notes. The nose had sherry soaked raisins, nuts and toffee. The palate has sherried fruit, dark chocolate, coffee with a hint of liquorice and a pepper. Nutty and soft warming finish long and flavoursome in the mouth.
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