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.
There are three types of Blended Whisky. 1) Blended Malt (malt Whisky from multiple distilleries), 2) Blended Grain (grain Whisky from multiple distilleries) and 3) Blended Whisky (a blend of malt and grain Whiskies).
What does Scotch neat mean?
Scotch neat is Scotch and Scotch only. No water, no ice, no mixers, just Whisky. Ironically, from thereon-in things can get messy.
How old is Scotch?
By law, Scotch Whisky must be matured in a cask for at least 3 years. However, when a bottle states an age, such as ’21 year old’, that means the Scotch is at least this old. NAS, or no age statement Scotch, won’t say how old it is, but it will still be at least 3 years old. Otherwise it just ain’t Scotch.
Glenkinchie, Linlithgow, Girvan and Strathclyde - these drams were so delicately sophisticated that they became known as the Lowland Ladies. Light, dry, devoid of peat, fresh and floral.
Whisky lasts forever, supposedly. A sealed bottle of Whisky will last unopened for a century, if not longer. An opened bottle should not change its taste drastically for at least five years (depends on how half-full / half-empty the bottle is).
The literal meaning of dram in English is simply drink.
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