there are only three operational Lowland distilleries whose single malts are readily available in 2014 – Glenkinchie, Auchentoshan and Bladnoch. Whereas most distilleries in the world double distill their spirit, the Lowland approach has traditionally been to triple distill it, as is done in many Irish distilleries. These days, however, only Auchentoshan still triple-distills in the region. The stills in the Lowland distilleries are taller, allowing only the very lightest elements of the spirit to rise to the top of the still and down into the receiving tank, ready to be matured in oak. Lowland whiskies are consequently light, creamy, floral and herbal - ideal whiskies for those who want an aperitif or/and
a gentle introduction to the drink. Because they are light and gentle, Lowlander whiskies are often unjustly dismissed in favour of their harder-hitting neighbours from the North but there is much to admire in Lowland malts. They may not have the oomph of an Islay malt, but they are often just as complex, albeit in a much more subtle way. The Whisky Tasting Club has selected the Auchentoshan Classic as the whisky to represent the Lowlands as it triple distils and carries on a fine Lowland tradition.
Auchentoshan still triple distils in the traditional lowland fashion. This expression avoids any sherry casks (hoorah!) and leaves bourbon casks to allow the traditional Auchentoshan flavours to shine through. If you have a few quid to spare, try an older bourbon–cask matured Auchentoshan expression for a lowland treat and see this distillery as God (not sherry) intended.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Very light. Pear and apple drops. Coconut. Peaches. Mint. Lemon.
Palate: Mint, green apples, chamomile and vanilla. A light oaky finish. A real Summer sipper!
Retails for around £25-35