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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.

Auchroisk 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 0547) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Auchroisk

This is an 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the excellent Auchroisk distillery! It was distilled back in 1996 and bottled in 2014 after enjoying a Port cask finish. 570 bottles were…  More info

Auchroisk 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 0547) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$70.63

Tomatin Contrast

70cl, 46%
Tomatin

A very interesting release from the Tomatin distillery in the Highlands, featuring two 35cl bottles of single malt Scotch whisky. The whiskies are both vattings from the same six years (1973, 1977,…  More info

Tomatin Contrast
$103.41

Auchroisk 20 Year Old 1994 (cask 10341) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50.1%
Auchroisk

Well hello there, old chum! How does an Old Particular bottling of 20 year old Auchroisk sound to you? Spiffing? Spiffing! Here's one of those! It was distilled in April 1994 and bottled in May 2014…  More info

Auchroisk 20 Year Old 1994 (cask 10341) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$82.42

Tomatin 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 6811313) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 51.8%
Tomatin

7 year old Tomatin single malt, specially finished in an octave cask and released as part of Duncan Taylor's Octave range. It was distilled in 2009 and bottled in 2016 after spending 4 months in the…  More info

Tomatin 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 6811313) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$67.18

Nevis Dew Blue Label Blend

150cl, 40%
Ben Nevis

We're fairly certain the dew on Ben Nevis is not actually comprised of Nevis Dew Blue Label Blend, otherwise we would have moved up there by now. Still, we can dream. In the meantime, here's 1.5…  More info

Nevis Dew Blue Label Blend
1
$42.30

Tullibardine 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 12143) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Tullibardine

An Old Malt Cask bottling of 21 year old Tullibardine single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single Sherry butt from April 1994 to November 2015. A release of 302 bottles, made possible by the folks…  More info

Tullibardine 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 12143) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$91.15

Ben Nevis 1997 (bottled 2015) (cask 614) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)

70cl, 50.9%
Ben Nevis

A Pearls of Scotland bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Ben Nevis distillery, matured in cask #614. It was distilled in May 1997 and bottled in May 2015 with an outturn of 305 bottles.…  More info

Ben Nevis 1997 (bottled 2015) (cask 614) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)
$81.63

Blair Athol 5 Year Old 2010 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Blair Athol

A Strictly Limited bottling of Blair Athol single malt, matured in a single Sherry butt from 2010 to 2016. The outturn was 870 bottles at 46% abv.  More info

Blair Athol 5 Year Old 2010 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$39.93

Tullibardine 2007 (cask 0035) - Spirit & Cask Range

70cl, 46%
Tullibardine

A single cask Tullibardine distilled in July 2007 and bottled in 2015 for Whiskymax's Spirit & Cask Range. The outturn was 294 bottles.  More info

Tullibardine 2007 (cask 0035) - Spirit & Cask Range
$49.80

Glengoyne 7 Year Old 2007 (bottled 2014) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Glengoyne

From the Langside Hepburn's Choice range comes a 7 year old Glengoyne single malt Scotch whisky, which was lovingly matured in a single refill hoggie from 2007 to 2014. 478 bottles were produced,…  More info

Glengoyne 7 Year Old 2007 (bottled 2014) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$39.49

Balblair 1980 (bottled 2013) (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Balblair

A 1980 vintage Balblair single malt Scotch whisky, presented in a pleasingly retro label by Gordon & MacPhail. This is the 2015 bottling of the Highland single malt Scotch whisky.  More info

Balblair 1980 (bottled 2013) (Gordon & MacPhail)
$342.01

Teaninich 40 Year Old 1973 (cask 20236) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 51.6%
Teaninich

From the Duncan Taylor Tantalus range comes a 40 year old Teaninich single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled way back in 1973. These Tantalus bottles all come presented in hand-blown glass…  More info

Teaninich 40 Year Old 1973 (cask 20236) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1,066.33

Dew of Ben Nevis Supreme Selection 35cl

35cl, 40%
Ben Nevis

A half bottle of the light, subtle 'Dew-like' blend from the Highland distillery, Ben Nevis - a distillery we think of for its rich toffee notes. A great blend with a good malt content.  More info

Dew of Ben Nevis Supreme Selection 35cl
$15.88

Auchroisk 18 Year Old 1994 (cask 9877) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Auchroisk

An 18 year old bottling of Auchroisk from the newly formed Hunter Laing (previously part of Douglas Laing). Cask 9877 (a refill hogshead) produced just 311 bottles of this wonderful whisky.  More info

Auchroisk 18 Year Old 1994 (cask 9877) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$91.56

Auchroisk 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 7476) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 52.1%
Auchroisk

At the time of writing, this single cask bottling of 21 year old Auchroisk is close to being half as old as the distillery itself, as Auchroisk was founded in 1974. Of course, this rather amusing…  More info

Auchroisk 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 7476) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$103.09

Clynelish Select Reserve (2014 Special Release)

70cl, 54.9%
Clynelish

A surprising non-age-statement expression, released as part of Diageo's 2014 Special Releases. This Clynelish single malt is made from five vintages and five types of cask - this includes American…  More info

Clynelish Select Reserve (2014 Special Release)
1
$532.25

Glen Garioch 21 Year Old 1965

75cl, 43%
Glen Garioch

An extremely rare edition of Glen Garioch 21 year old from way back when. A collector's item. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed info and/or photos just get…  More info

Glen Garioch 21 Year Old 1965
$732.11

Big "T" 5 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky - 1970s

75cl, 43%
Tomatin

This is a 1970s bottling of Big "T" 5 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky. What could the T stand for? Is it "tasty"? It might be "tasty". Or "Tomatin", as they're the folks behind this fine blend.…  More info

Big
$192.38

Bonnie Banks Blended Scotch Whisky - 1960s

76cl, 50%
Loch Lomond

A 1960s bottle of Bonnie Banks Blended Scotch Whisky from the Loch Lomond distillery - you know, like the song 'The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond'. Rare and collectible indeed.  More info

Bonnie Banks Blended Scotch Whisky - 1960s
$230.86

Tomatin 5 Year Old - 1970s

75cl, 43%
Tomatin

A rare 75cl 1970s bottling of Tomatin 5 year old single malt Scotch whisky. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and photographs of this item are available,…  More info

Tomatin 5 Year Old - 1970s
$192.38

Auchroisk 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 12126) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 57.6%
Auchroisk

A 21 year old single malt from the Auchroisk distillery, drawn from a wine finished barrel and independently bottled for The First Editions range by Hunter Laing. This was distilled in 1994 and…  More info

Auchroisk 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 12126) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)
$100.53

Glencadam 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 12775) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glencadam

A single cask bottling of single malt from the Glencadam distillery, bottled by the chaps from Hunter Laing for their popular Old Malt Cask range. It was distilled in November 1996 and left to age in…  More info

Glencadam 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 12775)  - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$84.24

Auchroisk 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 21752) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Auchroisk

23 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the excellent Auchroisk distillery, aged in a single cask from 1990 to 2014. Following this whisky's maturation Berry Bros. & Rudd got their hands on it and…  More info

Auchroisk 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 21752) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$109.86

Glencadam 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 11474) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Glencadam

An Old Particular bottling of 18 year old Glencadam, aged in a refill hogshead from May 1998 to November 2016. Following its maturation, Douglas Laing bottled it up with an outturn of 310 bottles.  More info

Glencadam 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 11474) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$81.65

Ben Nevis 17 Year Old 1999 - Claxton's

70cl, 54.8%
Ben Nevis

An independent bottling of 17 year old Ben Nevis, drawn from a single hogshead which was filled back in May 1999. This is a Claxton's bottling, with 270 bottles produced.  More info

Ben Nevis 17 Year Old 1999 - Claxton's
$90.11

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