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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
29
$102.50

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
56
$93.90

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
93
$52.86

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)
$110.17

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
$101.70

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
$72.88

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
18
$37.84

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
125
$50.47

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
$71.45

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
$38.44

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
$38.53

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
63
$139.98

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)
$73.79

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
$37.42

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
$173.00

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
159
$37.22

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
$121.01

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
$43.83

Invergordon 43 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.70%
Invergordon

That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Invergordons have never disappointed and often 'felt' impressively aged. Guess work has been taken out of the equation now, however, as all new Boutique-y releases…  More info

Invergordon 43 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$110.17

Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or - 12 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Glenmorangie

Nectar D'Or is probably a reference to the golden nectar that was previously held in the casks used to finish the whisky. This is a sauternes finished single malt from the Glenmorangie distillery, a…  More info

Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or - 12 Year Old
59
$59.67

Clynelish 14 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Clynelish

This is a superb example of what Clynelish can produce even at younger age. The balance is sublime and the mouthfeel is perfectly rounded. A great 14 year old Highland malt, quite coastal too.  More info

Clynelish 14 Year Old
39
$40.30

Tomatin Cù Bòcan Vintage 1988

70cl, 51.50%
Tomatin

Something a little different from Tomatin's Cù Bòcan range here. These smoky whiskies, which are named after a spectral dog that haunts the Highlands where the distillery can be found, have been…  More info

Tomatin Cù Bòcan Vintage 1988
$220.39

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
71
$60.49

Ben Nevis 10 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Ben Nevis

1996 saw the release of the entry level Ben Nevis single malt, this 10 year old exudes some beautiful coffee, chocolate and toffeed peat notes, a firm representative of the Western Highland style.  More info

Ben Nevis 10 Year Old
14
$37.21

The GlenDronach 12 Year Old Sauternes Cask Finish

70cl, 46%
GlenDronach

The Glendronach 12 Year Old Sauternes Cask Finish single malt is initially matured in European oak before being moved over to casks which previous held the sweet wine. The result is elegant and…  More info

The GlenDronach 12 Year Old Sauternes Cask Finish
$45.69

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