Glenkinchie Distillery, Lowlands

Glenkinchie Distillery, Lowlands

South and East of Edinburgh lies the farming country of East Lothian. Here, at the heart of the farming community south of Tranent, since the early 18th century the barley had often been grown on land manured with local seaweed, ripened earlier and was lighter than grain grown elsewhere in Scotland - qualities that are now prized in the Lowland malts made from it.

The Glenkinchie distillery was founded between 1825 and 1833 by the brothers George and John Rate. It is now part of the Diageo group. The malt is also used in blends, among others Haig, Johnny Walker Red and Black Label, Buchanan and Dimple.

Today, with just two Lowland distilleries left in production (the other being Auchentoshan), Glenkinchie is a veritable ambassador of the elegant, floral Lowland style.

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