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The Lowlands, however, were better suited to arable farming and, with the improvements in farming methods it became possible to grow and crop more cereals. Take into account the development of agricultural equipment like ploughs, the introduction of mechanical threshing mills and reapers, the easy availability of fuel, and the more sophisticated communications network, it is not surprising that Lowland distilling became large scale and industrialised long before it happened in the Highlands.
Glenkinchie is one of only a few Lowland distilleries currently in regular production. Its malt is typical of whisky produced in this region. Lowland malt whisky has always been lighter and drier in character than that from the Highlands, which is why it makes an excellent aperitif.