A line from Dundee to Dumbarton dictates the Northern extent of the Lowland region, which extends south to the Scottish/English border. The region has eight producing single malt distilleries and about the same number of extinct ones. Traditionally, the Lowland dram is a lighter style, focusing on citrus, 'grassy' and clean oaky notes.
Once home to a large number of distilleries in the early period of Scotch whisky, and while its numbers dwindled to just a handful in more recent times, there has been a resurgance of production in the area with newcomers Kingsbarns, Daftmill and Annandale, all of which will release mature whiskies in the coming years.
Lowland Region — Auchentoshan
Auchentoshan 'Distillers Art' 2003 / 15 years old 48%
As a part of the Distillers Art bottlings from Hunter Laing this bottling from Auchentochan shows the traditional characteristics of distilleries and are all single casks. Distilled in 2003 at Auchentoshan distillery and maturing for 15 years, this whisky has been bottled at 48%. To start the nose offers up sweet notes of apple blossom, vanilla ...
Auchentoshan 'Signatory' 1992 / 26 years old 50.4%
Distilled in 1992 and bottled after 26 years of maturation, this Auchentoshan has a vibrant zingy and citric flavour, typical for this triple distillerd Lowland whisky. Matured in two ex-bourbon barrels and bottled at a natural strength of 50.4% - this dram opens up greatly with a drop or two of water or with some time and patience in the glass.
Auchentoshan 'Three Wood' 43%
This Auchentoshan Lowland Single Malt Whisky has been matured in three different cask types. Moving from American Bourbon to Spanish Oloroso Sherry - and finally Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks - Three Wood is a rich whisky with toffee and sherry oak flavours.
Auchentoshan 12 years old 40%
One of the few remaining distilleries in the Lowlands of Scotland, Auchentoshan is tripple distilled which contributes to its light yet complex nose and palate, offering up toasted almonds, hints of citrus (mandarin) and fresh grass and a rounded caramalised toffee mouthfeel. An excellent dram to get the evening started.