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Highland Whisky

As a very vague rule of thumb, the Highlands region is one of big-bodied whiskies, often peated and smoky, often very powerful. The Highlands is such a large, diverse region that is difficult to categorize their whiskies accurately. Technically speaking, the Islands has not been officially recognised as a region of its own and, as such, is included in the Highlands appellation. For the sake of precise classification, we shall choose to note the separation.

It is worth looking at the subcategories within the Highlands, typically broken down into the cardinal compass points. The Northern Highlands is an area of big-bodied, cereal rich, sweet and mouth-filling whiskies. Noteworthy examples are The Dalmore from Alness in Ross-shire, whose single malts are rich and sherried with honeyed sweetness and, of course, Glenmorangie, whose full-bodied whiskies are among the world’s best-selling. The Southern Highlands produces lighter, fruitier and drier whiskies. Edradour and Aberfeldy are good examples. The Eastern Highlands proffers full-bodied, dry, well-fruited single malts. Glen Garioch whiskies are wonderful examples; their twenty-one year-old is a personal favourite with its beautiful fruit and smoke. The Western Highlands locale is one of full-bodied, powerful single malts, peated and smoky. Oban is a wonderful example and Dalwhinnie consistently amazes.

Glenmorangie Bacalta Private Edition

70cl, 46%
Glenmorangie

Another addition to the Glenmorangie Private Edition range! Released in early 2017, Bacalta is the first expression from the distillery which has been finished in sun-baked Malmsey Madeira casks. Dr.…  More info

Glenmorangie Bacalta Private Edition
3
$84.69

Glenturret 35 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.7%
Glenturret

Here's That Boutique-y Whisky Company's second batch of independently bottled Glenturret single malt, which was aged for 35 years before being bottled. However, that's nowhere near as old as…  More info

Glenturret 35 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
3
$207.40

Secret Distillery #2 15 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 51%
Glenmorangie

It's the second batch of Secret Distillery #2 single malt, independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! If you thought the sixteen 24-foot-tall swam/human hybrid beings were terrifying…  More info

Secret Distillery #2 15 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$111.98

Old Pulteney 21 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Pulteney

Malt from the most northerly mainland distillery in Scotland. This 21yo is an exceptionally well-matured version well worth a try. This was just rated the best whisky in the in Jim Murray's 2012…  More info

Old Pulteney 21 Year Old
26
$96.45

The GlenDronach 18 Year Old Allardice

70cl, 46%
GlenDronach

An Oloroso sherry matured Glendronach, released under the new ownership of the distillery. Allardice is set to be a success.  More info

The GlenDronach 18 Year Old Allardice
23
$68.59

Glenmorangie 18 Year Old Extremely Rare

70cl, 43%
Glenmorangie

A wonderfully creamy and thick 18 year old dram, matured for 15 years in ex bourbon casks before being finished in Oloroso sherry casks. An exquisite, tropical-fruit driven Glenmorangie.  More info

Glenmorangie 18 Year Old Extremely Rare
50
$88.36

The GlenDronach 21 Year Old - Parliament

70cl, 48%
GlenDronach

A 21 year old Glendronach released in 2011, and aged in a mix of sherry casks (Oloroso and sweet Pedro Ximenez dessert sherry). The result is really very good indeed. Interestingly enough, this…  More info

The GlenDronach 21 Year Old - Parliament
22
$89.15

Glenmorangie Signet

70cl, 46%
Glenmorangie

A superb, beautifully packaged Glenmorangie. Signet is distilled from malt with a good portion of chocolate malt too. Chocolate malt is heavily roasted malted barley. Some of this whisky was also…  More info

Glenmorangie Signet
56
$131.73

Secret Distillery #2 21 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.7%
Glenmorangie

Goodness gracious, it's a new secret single malt from That Boutique-y Whisky Company and what a label! What the hell are these terrifying swan/human hybrid-beings?! If we told you that there are…  More info

Secret Distillery #2 21 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
2
$154.50

Old Pulteney 17 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Pulteney

This 17 year old from the Pulteney distillery was a double gold winner at the 2006 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, matured in Spanish Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez casks.  More info

Old Pulteney 17 Year Old
21
$67.24

Invergordon 25 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.8%
Invergordon

Another incredible indie Invergordon single grain bottled by the folks at That Boutique-y Whisky Company, this one aged for 25 years before it was bottled at 49.8% ABV. The label features a diagram…  More info

Invergordon 25 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
5
$51.82

Glengoyne 21 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glengoyne

Winner of a Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2005, a single malt from Glengoyne matured in first fill European oak sherry casks for 21 years.  More info

Glengoyne 21 Year Old
19
$113.88

Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Lochnagar

This 12 year old was distillery at the Lochnagar distillery, once visited by Queen Victoria when she was staying at nearby Balmoral.  More info

Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old
11
$34.09

Oban 14 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Oban

A bustling seaside resort has grown up around the distillery in the two centuries since it was first built in the fishing town of Oban. The West Highland malt is still produced in the same unhurried,…  More info

Oban 14 Year Old
111
$49.17

Glenmorangie 10 Year Old - The Original

70cl, 40%
Glenmorangie

Original is the core bottling in the Glenmorangie range, released to replace the old 10 year old. This really is a classic malt, so creamy and fruity.  More info

Glenmorangie 10 Year Old - The Original
111
$31.07

Dalmore Cigar Malt

70cl, 44%
Dalmore

Dalmore Cigar Malt was discontinued in mid-2009, causing uproar among all right-thinking, cigar-smoking whisky fans. This dram used to sit above the 12, and below the 15 in terms of both the…  More info

Dalmore Cigar Malt
25
$73.96

Glenmorangie The Quinta Ruban 12 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Glenmorangie

Quinta Ruban is Glenmorangie's port finish. To craft this single malt they specially selected Port pipes from the Douro valley in Portugal.  More info

Glenmorangie The Quinta Ruban 12 Year Old
95
$49.25

Ben Nevis 10 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Ben Nevis

This 10 year old Ben Nevis single malt exudes some beautiful coffee, chocolate and toffeed peat notes, a firm representative of the Western Highland style.  More info

Ben Nevis 10 Year Old
$31.11

Dalmore 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Dalmore

Launched in late 2008 to replace the previous 12 year old, this single malt from the Dalmore distillery is a toasty, coffee-rich dram with beautifully spice notes and a thick mouthfeel. Very rich for…  More info

Dalmore 12 Year Old
87
$41.25

Wolfburn Aurora

70cl, 46%
Wolfburn

A late 2016 release from the Wolfburn distillery, matured in a combination of casks - 40% of this whisky was aged in second-fill quarter casks, 40% in first-fill ex-bourbon barrels and 20% in…  More info

Wolfburn Aurora
1
$49.88

Oban Little Bay

70cl, 43%
Oban

Previously part of their travel retail offering, Oban's Little Bay has graduated to the core range as a 70cl bottling. Master Blenders Dr. Matthew Crow and Dr. Craig Wilson use whisky matured in…  More info

Oban Little Bay
4
$51.82

Glengoyne 18 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glengoyne

Released toward the end of 2012 to replace the superb Glengoyne 17, this 18 year old was aged in refill sherry and first-fill sherry casks and the results are very good indeed.  More info

Glengoyne 18 Year Old
9
$77.60

The GlenDronach 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
GlenDronach

A 12 year old from the Highlands distillery, GlenDronach, a very heavily sherried single malt.  More info

The GlenDronach 12 Year Old
50
$36.26

Dalmore 15 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Dalmore

The Dalmore 15 year old was first launched in 2007. Matured in Matusalem, Apostoles and Amoroso Sherry casks, it proffers all those winter spice, orange zest and chocolate notes characteristic of…  More info

Dalmore 15 Year Old
62
$56.92

Clynelish 15 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.3%
Clynelish

That Boutique-y Whisky Company's third batch of Clynelish single malt and those cats from the interweb are still discussing whisky labels, siblings and cheezburgers! We like the addition of a candle…  More info

Clynelish 15 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$69.44

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