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.
This expression is matured solely in first-fill American bourbon casks to allow the 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: Much more of the trademark Auchentoshan banana. Baking spices. Vanilla ice cream and charred Christmas cake.
Palate: Young, sappy, light and clean with wood spice zinging around the mouth and more of the vanilla ice cream.
Retails for around £30-40