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Region Profile: Lowlands

Wed, Jul 05, 23  |  scotch whisky whisky

Lowlands Scotch Whisky

The Lowlands region of Scotland is located in the southern part of the country. The Lowlands are known for their gentle landscapes, fertile fields, and historic distilling heritage. Though the region was once home to numerous distilleries, there are only a handful of active distilleries producing Lowland whiskies today.

Characterized by their light, delicate, and approachable nature, Lowland whiskies are often considered the most subtle and gentle among the various Scotch whisky regions. Lowland whiskies are typically unpeated and instead focus on offering a smooth and refined drinking experience.

The flavor profiles of Lowland whiskies tend to be light and floral, with a touch of sweetness. Some common tasting notes include grassy, citrus, and herbal elements and you may also find flavors of vanilla, toffee, honey, and sometimes a slight nuttiness. Accompanying these flavors is often a soft and smooth mouthfeel, making them enjoyable for those who prefer a more delicate whisky experience.

Some well-known Lowland distilleries include Auchentoshan, Glenkinchie, and Bladnoch. Auchentoshan is notable for being one of the few remaining distilleries in Scotland to practice triple distillation, which contributes to its unique character. Glenkichie is known for light and fragrant whiskies often with floral and fruity notes, while Bladnoch is one of the oldest distilleries in the country and produces a range of elegant whiskies.

Lowland whiskies are appreciated for their accessibility and versatility. They provide a good starting point for those new to Scotch whisky and can be a pleasant option for those who prefer lighter and more subtle expressions in their Scotch. The number of active distilleries in the Lowlands is relatively small, however, their whiskies continue to carry on the tradition of its historically significant region of Scotch whisky production. 

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