Whisky production in the Lowlands region dates back as far as 1494 when Friar John Cor was producing whisky at Lindores Abbey for King James IV. However, it has been historically under-represented when it comes to both distilleries and famous single malts, compared with other regions.
The line between Highlands and Lowlands whisky was drawn up in 1784 by the Wash Act, which impacted how each was taxed, leaving Lowland distilleries feeling victimised because they were paying per gallon in the wash as opposed to a tax based on the size of their still, which led to higher duty rates for them.
In terms of whisky production, the Lowlands actually leads the way and is strongly associated with single malts that are light in colour with a signature dry finish.
Meanwhile, several Lowlands distilleries have closed and not reopened over the years, including Rosebank, Kinclaith, St. Magdalene, Ladyburn, Inverleven, and Littlemill.
However, recent years have seen a resurgence with several prominent distilleries being restored and reopened.
Single malts from the Lowlands are characterised by their light and grassy malt style with floral tones earning them the name “Lowland Ladies.” Other flavours that usually come through include malty, zesty flavours with slightly fruity, citrusy and floral notes, as well as honeysuckle, cream, ginger, toffee, toast and cinnamon.