Perching just above England
, the Lowlands
can play truant from peat or salinity. Triple distilled malts
are characteristic of the region, offering a gentle, elegant palate
reminiscent of grass, honeysuckle, cream, ginger, toffee, toast and cinnamon. The Lowlands produce drams doted on by lovers of the aperitif and mellow malt. Auchentoshan still triple distill their Whisky to this day, bringing a bracing citrus edge to the table.
The Lowlands are master of the Whisky blend
. Though the land may be less mountainous, rugged and complex than its northern counterpart, this region is far from a humdrum. Moonshine distilleries, loathed laws and Whisky artistry shape this place’s past. More distillation used to happen in the Lowlands than any other Scottish region
, in fact. A region well-versed in the marriage of multifarious influences, the Lowlands have moulded themselves into professional mixers of malt. Traditionally the Lowlands produced a lovely light and grassy malt.
The Lowlands are also known for their silent stills
, which sadly no longer produce. Economic struggles following the First World War, Prohibition laws in the US and rocketing tax have made the Lowlands something of a distillery desert, compared to their production heyday.
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