Lowland whiskies come from the area north of the English border, and
south of a line drawn between Greenock in the west, and Dundee in the east.
Traditionally they have been the source of a lot of the whisky to be used for
blends, as such the style is much lighter than other regions, with little or no
peat. By the late 19th centaury almost the entire production of the Lowland
distilleries went for blending
The growth in popularity and power of the Highland and Speyside
distilleries, has been matched by a fall from favour for Lowland producers, to
such an extent that today there are only three left in production. By far and
away the two biggest whisky distilleries are Auchentoshan
The third being Bladnoch,
which is also, the most southerly distillery of all.
Auchentoshan Distillery is on the northern edge of Glasgow and was founded
in 1800. It has a light, cereal and citrus nose and a clean, dry finish.
Glenkinchie Distillery is located at Pencaitland, just outside Edinburgh.
Typical of Lowland malt whiskies: fragrant and reserved, with a clean, fresh
There are some silent stills, whose whiskies are still found from
time to time. Rosebank is quite often seen and was generally considered to be
the best Lowland malt. Occasionally, but more rarely seen are St.Magdalene from
Linlithgow, Littlemill from Bowling Dumbartonshire and Ladyburn,
which was housed inside William Grants grain distillery at Girvan on the