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Lowlands Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Lowlands, Scotland
The Lowlands carries out more whisky distillation than any other Scottish region, yet its days as a significant force in single malt production are long gone. The Lowlands is the home of blended whisky, and, in comparison to the large quantities of grain whisky produced in the area, only a few distilleries keep up production of the Lowland’s trademark light and grassy malt style.

History of Lowlands Malt Whisky

Mass production proved to be the downfall of single malt production in the Lowlands. Including the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, the Lowlands earnt itself a tarnished reputation in the 18th and 19th centuries by flooding the market with poor-quality whisky. It was a reputation that appeared to stick.

Already affected by the rise in popularity of blended whisky around this time, Lowland malt distilleries were further dented by three more destructive factors: Tax hikes, the First World War and the onset of Prohibition in the US.

These factors ruined the profitability of many a Lowland distiller and led them to either close altogether or change tack to focus on making a grain spirit to be combined with Highland and Island malts for the rising number of blended Scotch brands.

Luckily, a few Lowland distilleries did survive the hard times. Distillers such as Glenkinchie, whose home is east of Edinburgh and Auchentoshan in Glasgow, continued to produce the easy-drinking single malts that are the signature style of the Lowlands region.

Recently, a few new arrivals have added to the strength of the Lowland Malt Whisky family. Daftmill in Fife and Ailsa Bay on the Clyde coast both began production in the early noughties, with Annandale in Dumfriesshire also opening in 2014.

Characteristics of Lowlands Malt Whiskey

The Lowlands of Scotland produces gentle, light whiskies, sometimes referenced as feminine or ‘the Lowland Ladies’. This may be because Lowland whiskies are triple distilled. Although triple distilling does occur elsewhere, it’s most commonly practised in this region. The character of Lowland Malt whisky also owes to the fact that there is no peat used and there is both not a great deal of local peat and little salinity in the whisky, as the operating distilleries in the region are all sited inland.

Where to Start with Lowlands Malt Whisky

Although there may not be a vast amount of distilleries to choose from in the Lowlands area, the offerings available are certainly worth a try. We have hand-picked a selection of our favorite Lowland Malt whisky to recommend for your first journey into this area of Scotland.
FROOTBAT HAS 20 PRODUCTS FROM THE Lowlands REGION AVAILABLE TO SHIP TO Australia
FROOTBAT HAS 20 PRODUCTS FROM THE Lowlands REGION AVAILABLE TO SHIP TO Australia
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Old Particular Deanston 20 Year Old Single Cask Single Malt Scotch
Douglas Laings Old Particular Deanston 20 Year Old Single Cask Single Malt Scotch 750ml Bottle
$325.001 buying option
Connoisseurs Choice Single Malt Scotch Whisky from Bladnoch Distillery
Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Single Malt Scotch Whisky from Bladnoch Distillery 700ml Bottle
$269.991 buying option
Auchentoshan Batch 2 Single Malt Scotch Whisky
That Boutique-y Whisky Company Auchentoshan Batch 2 Single Malt Scotch Whisky 500ml Bottle
$214.991 buying option
25 Year Old Single Grain Scotch Whisky
The Girvan Patent Still 25 Year Old Single Grain Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$495.951 buying option
10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bladnoch 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$94.991 buying option
Rare Old St. Magdalene Single Malt Whisky
Gordon & MacPhail Rare Old St. Magdalene Single Malt Whisky 700ml Bottle
$1,100.001 buying option
No. 4 Apps Single Grain Scotch Whisky
The Girvan Patent Still No. 4 Apps Single Grain Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$114.951 buying option
42 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ladyburn 42 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$2,245.902 buying options
21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Rosebank 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$1,399.001 buying option
Three Wood Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Auchentoshan Three Wood Single Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$76.4915 buying options
American Oak Scotch with Ale Mug Gift Pack
Auchentoshan American Oak Scotch with Ale Mug Gift Pack 700ml Bottle
$59.996 buying options
American Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Auchentoshan American Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$55.008 buying options
Virgin Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Auchentoshan Virgin Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$149.951 buying option
12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Glenkinchie 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$74.9912 buying options
Limited Release 40 Year Old Single Grain Scotch Whisky
Cambus Limited Release 40 Year Old Single Grain Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$1,400.001 buying option
18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Auchentoshan 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$149.991 buying option
The Distillers Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Glenkinchie The Distillers Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$109.008 buying options
Classic Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Auchentoshan Classic Single Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$63.993 buying options
Talia 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bladnoch Talia 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$500.002 buying options
Adela 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bladnoch Adela 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$149.9010 buying options
Samsara Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bladnoch Samsara Single Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$109.909 buying options
12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Auchentoshan 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$70.004 buying options
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