It is a fact that most people in Scotland lives in that central belt you are referring to. The prices for land is high. The water resources is also not as good as in the Highlands.
Another factor is that Lowlands whisky has not been trendy for the last years. I have bought tens of tens of Highlands and Islands whiskies, but only two Lowlands whiskies. Glenkinchie and Auchentoshan. Whisky is unfortunate to a certain degree a matter of trends. Demand and supply etc.
I would love to see more emphasis on the Lowlands whiskies and I find it very pleasing that this magazine use a lot of time and space on Lowlands whiskies.
I would love to see more Lowlands whiskies. There is new distilleries on Shetland, Arran and Islay, but none in the Lowlands, with the exception of the resurrection of Bladnoch. Anyone interested ??
Another good question is that there with one exception no distilleries in Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway and the Borders. The one exception is Bladnoch. In this vast geographic area, that is very strange. Why ??
You have asked a very good question and I hope somebody with more knowledge than me answer your question.
I wish you a happy Christmas and a Happy New Year.
It is strange but I love many island whiskies and many lowland whiskies but I'm REALLY picky about my highland and speyside favorites, perhaps because there are so many but also because they try to appeal to the masses and offer, IMNSHO, rather uninteresting fare.
If I'm absolutely sure about the quality of the bottling, I could spent 50€ on it, but for try outs ... my current limits is 40€. Call me mean, if you like, but I'm not a millionaire.
P.S. Why Bladnoch is expensive? Do they produce only small quantities? Or is it really that good?
you probably already know this but Adelphi Distillery is not a distillery at all - it is an independent bottler (and a rather unqiue one at that).
The best introduction to Bladnoch is through the flora & fauna series 10yo that is roughly £30 or 45E. Try anyone of the major stockists for that one then try some of the Independent Bottlings which will be a little bit more expensive but generally older (and sometimes cask strength).
When I say I wish they'd save some lowland distilleries I mean I wish they'd save the place that makes them and the methods. Lowland whisky tastes the way it does because of how it is made. Making a new distillery in the lowlands with a new scotch distillation equipment and process doesn't interest me as much -- if it makes good whisky I'll buy it but right now I'm lamenting the loss of the lowland whisky style.
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The Lowlands use to have a lot of distilleries, and one said that in the peak period they had around 250 distilleries. Why they are closed? many reasons I can think of. I dont realy know why there are so few left, although the Lowland whiskies are quite popular, take Rosebank for example, or St Magdalene aka Linlithgow, or perhaps the long forgotten Kinclaith Distillery and many others like The Ladyburn Distillery. Much longer ago we had Yoker Distillery and Adelphi Distillery. It's good to see that distilleries like Bladnoch are operating again, and perhaps it goes the same for Rosebank in the near by future. Ofcourse there some other silent distilleries, like Little Mill or Inverleven, and nobody will ever know why no one will bring them back alive?
Perhaps some distilleries, like Ladybank for example, will come back and extend the Lowland range of producing distilleries....
Rosebank has just been put up for sale for housing developments, if my memory serves me right. You can check this out in the new issue of this magazine.
The situation is grim....
10yo F&F is out of question, price ~53€.
88/01 Sign. would be ~38€.
88/01 Conn. would be ~47€.
Latter two I could consider .. especially the Signatory bottling, do I get hang of the Bladnoch with it?
P.S. About Lowland specialties, I haven't taste my miniature of Douglas Laing Linlithgow 26yo cask strength yet ... it's waiting for proper moment. Yhym, I can't hardly wait that to come, now I got terrible flu and I won't risk anything with this whisky. Heh, 5cl miniature costs ~13€, but I still consider it as a bargain if you look at the prices for as old other whiskies.
Guess I'll have to give Auchentoshan another try as it is more of a lowland than Glenkinchie of the currently available lowlanders, IMO. Glenkinchie isn't bad and certainly has the trademark dry finish of a lowland but otherwise seems more like a light highland malt.
As for Littlemill, the Signatory 1990 bottling is decent. Certainly better than the current 8yo that is still hanging around which is, as said above, quite spirity. All Littlemills I've tasted are quite grassy and lemony with light bodies and short finishes. I haven't liked any of them enough to buy a bottle. The 8yo has been through An Quaich a couple of times already.
Rosebank is still my favorite with 1990 Signatory and 1989 Murry&McDavid being my favorite bottlings.
Another good one if you want an inexpensive Lowland is Frasers Reserve Lowland Single Malt. It is a 'mystery' IB but the one I have is very good and I believe it is a 10yo Bladnoch. No matter which distillery it comes from, it is good and quite reasonably priced.
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I think bladnoch is a great dram i have a James MacArthur and Signatory bottling on the go at the moment and James MacArthur is by far the best.
Rosebank is my favorite at this moment in time, Gordon & Macfail connossiuors chioce, sorry for for the spelling but i have sampled too much of there products.
Auchentoshan is also a great dram, I prefer the no age to the ten year old.
GlenKinchie is a bit peppery, the double matured is best but not very lowland.
I have a bottle of St Magdalane which so far has remained unopened.
the other lowlanders I have no experiance of.
I think bladnoch is doing a peated whisky as a variation on the theme, like Glenmorangies wood finnishes
Even though I'm quite fond of many Lowlands, I'm even more concerned about Campbeltown! Only one and a half distilleries today in where once were the most! Yet, with Glen Scotia, and Springbank also making Longrow and Hazelburn, and starting Glengyle next year--there is hope!
They are always talking up other whiskies and why not?
In all honesty instead of a bottle of Glenkinchie I would rather have a half bottle of Ardbeg/Bruichladdich/Longrow any day!
HOWEVER watch out Auchentoshan IS THE NEW AND ONLY LOWLAND DRAM!
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