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 '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.
Auchentoshan 'Old Malt Cask' 1995 / 23 years old 49.7%
This expression of Auchentoshan by Hunter Laing was matured for 23 years in a single refill hogshead.On the nose we find a delightful Lowland style with fruit, citrus and floral notes.The palate holds salted caramel, fresh berries, and spice.The finish is long and lingering.One of just 262 bottles, this is a rather special dram indeed.