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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.

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
30
$102.24

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
25
$72.70

Invergordon 42 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.70%
Invergordon

Here we see Batch 6 of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's independently bottled Invergordon single grain - this time they've bottled a stunning 42 year old whisky! The label shows the inner-workings of…  More info

Invergordon 42 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$109.90

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
57
$93.67

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
21
$94.50

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
18
$37.75

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
$71.28

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
94
$52.73

Ben Nevis 19 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.50%
Ben Nevis

We've long been concerned at what would happen to the superstrings that hold all matter in the universe together if somebody were to actually drink Ben Nevis whisky on the summit of Ben Nevis whilst…  More info

Ben Nevis 19 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$73.61

Old Pulteney 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Pulteney

Matured in ex-bourbon casks for 12 years, this Old Pulteney malt was a Double Gold winner at the 2006 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.  More info

Old Pulteney 12 Year Old
129
$36.10

Ben Nevis 21 Year Old 1994 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 49.20%
Ben Nevis

This decadent Ben Nevis single malt was matured in a single refill Sherry hogshead for 21 years, taking on a most handsome hue. Filled on 16th May 1994, we bottled it on 17th August 2015. The outturn…  More info

Ben Nevis 21 Year Old 1994 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
2
$172.57

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
126
$50.35

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
$38.44

Edradour 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Edradour

Edradour is one of Scotland's smallest distilleries and at the heart of the range, this 10 year old Eastern Highlander is a rather unique single malt, a decidedly rum-like dram with a thick mouthfeel.  More info

Edradour 10 Year Old
52
$38.34

Glengoyne 25 Year Old

70cl, 48%
Glengoyne

Introduced in early 2014, this is a 25 year old single malt from the Glengoyne distillery - an addition to their core range. The Highlands distillery uses unpeated malt for this whisky, which is then…  More info

Glengoyne 25 Year Old
9
$263.36

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
18
$120.72

Darkness! Loch Lomond 19 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 55.60%
Loch Lomond

19 year old single grain Scotch whisky finished in a tiny, specially coopered 50 litre ex-Oloroso Sherry cask for at least 6 months.  More info

Darkness! Loch Lomond 19 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
$93.40

Fettercairn Fior

70cl, 42%
Fettercairn

A handsome, smartly packaged Fettercairn. Fior is Gaelic for "true", and the whisky has an astonishingly rich flavour of cocoa, espresso, spices, fruit and almond. We love it. It was released in…  More info

Fettercairn Fior
19
$44.90

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
65
$139.64

Famous Grouse Commonwealth Games 2014

70cl, 46.40%
Glenturret

This is a limited edition bottling of Glenturret single malt Scotch whisky, released by the Famous Grouse to celebrate Scotland hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The casks used for this release…  More info

Famous Grouse Commonwealth Games 2014
$164.60

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
99
$43.73

Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Dalwhinnie

A great malt which Jim Murray awarded 95 points in his Whisky Bible, this is excellent value for money. The flavours are simple, but flawless, a clean, crisp 15 year old from the Dalwhinnie…  More info

Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old
160
$38.12

Aberfeldy 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Aberfeldy

The classic 12 Year Old Aberfeldy single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in the Highlands. While the label sadly no longer features a red squirrel, it now comes with a rather handsome black and…  More info

Aberfeldy 12 Year Old
101
$37.38

GlenDronach Peated

70cl, 46%
GlenDronach

GlenDronach have introduced their first ever peated expression to their range! This expression was initially matured in bourbon casks before being transferred over to Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez Sherry…  More info

GlenDronach Peated
2
$40.49

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
$82.25

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