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The Lowland Lowdown

Scotland’s unheralded Lowland whisky region is a surprising source of high quality and tradition
| By Jack Bettridge | From Brian Cox, November/December 2021
The Lowland Lowdown
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The 200-year-old Bladnoch distillery, nestled in the bucolic hills of the Lowlands.
When you think of the lands that produce your dram of fine Scotch, your mind’s eye might create a vision of windswept, craggy Highlands or sea-battered islands, or kilt-swathed Caledonian clansmen with tall fur hats guarding the ancient stills of this northern land. But there’s an unsung and picturesque region of the nation called the Lowland that’s quite unlike most of the Scotch-making world, and it’s home to a growing number of sublime spirits that pair beautifully with milder cigars.  Located in the southernmost expanse of the country, with England to the south and the Highland north and west, the Lowland includes such well-known cities as Edinburgh and Glasgow. …
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