Whisky regions

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The Lowlands was once a major area of production but fell on hard times in the 1980s and early 1990s. Currently there are only three operating distilleries - Glenkinchie, Auchentoshan and Bladnoch (which was closed in 1993 and reopened in 2000). The 'Highland Line' runs to the north of Glasgow and Edinburgh and this imaginary line is the boundary between the Lowlands and the Highlands whisky regions. Everything to the south of this line is regarded as the Lowlands. The style of whisky produced in the Lowlands is generally light, fresh and fruity and are regarded as very easy to drink. They are subtle and refreshing, good for hot weather and as an introduction to whisky for someone who has not tasted it before.

  • Lowland distilleries
  • Auchentoshan
    • − Glasgow's only remaining distillery and the last in Scotland to use triple distillation
  • Bladnoch
    • − recently re-opened distillery and Scotland's most southernly, near to the town of Wigtown
  • Glenkinchie
    • − the distillery closest to Edinburgh and one of the 'Classic Malts' series