For the purposes of regional classification, Lowland whiskies are produced below a theoretical line that runs between Dundee and Greenock. In the past the Lowlands was home to a great number of distilleries and styles, it is even said that the majority of Lowland towns would have been home to a distillery 150 years ago with the whiskies varying in both profile and in the range of grains used. Today things are rather less diverse with only Auchentoshan, Bladnoch and Glenkinchie malt distilleries currently being active.
The Lowland style is often described as being aperitif in nature and offering subtlety, sweetness and a dry, clean finish. This is certainly true of the regions existing malt distilleries but it can sometimes be anything but accurate when examining the bottlings from the areas now closed distilleries. For example St Magdalene, sadly mothballed in 1983, is often dense, mineral and displaying more to associate it with the old style Highland malts. The Lowlands are also home to a number of important grain distilleries including Girvan and Cameron Bridge that both continue to serve the needs of blenders and the growing demand for single grain bottlings.