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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.)
$68.68

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
$100.56

Auchroisk 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 11944) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Auchroisk

An independent bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Auchroisk distillery, matured in a single cask for 15 years. This comes presented as part of Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask range, and has…  More info

Auchroisk 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 11944) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$65.12

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)
$80.15

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)
$65.33

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
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$41.13

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)
$88.64

Glengarry 12 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Loch Lomond

This is the 12 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Glengarry range, made at the Loch Lomond distillery in the Highlands (known for producing a variety of styles of whisky). This expression is…  More info

Glengarry 12 Year Old
$33.20

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)
$79.38

Dalmore 35 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Dalmore

2016 marks 50 years in whisky for Master Distiller Richard Paterson, a milestone also marked by a a number of special releases of The Dalmore. This 35 year old, just 1,000 bottles of which will be…  More info

Dalmore 35 Year Old
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$3,637.70

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)
$38.83

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
$48.43

Glenlochy 35 Year Old 1980 (cask 3232) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 51.1%
Glenlochy

A 35 year old Glenlochy single malt, aged in a single hogshead cask (#3232) from November 1980 to December 2015. Not much of this around these days, as the distillery was closed back in 1983. 218…  More info

Glenlochy 35 Year Old 1980 (cask 3232) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)
$985.41

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)
$38.40

Glencadam 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 4765) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 53.3%
Glencadam

22 year old Glencadam single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single cask and bottled by Berry Brothers & Rudd. It was distilled back in 1991, matured in cask #4765 and bottled in 2014 with no chill…  More info

Glencadam 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 4765) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$99.24

Ben Nevis 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 1317) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Ben Nevis

From the Ben Nevis distillery at the foot of Ben Nevis (the mountain) comes this single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of the Coopers Choice range from The Vintage Malt Whisky Company. It was…  More info

Ben Nevis 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 1317) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$72.45

Lochside 1981 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/15/07) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Lochside

Though the Lochside distillery is gone (it was closed in 1992 and finally demolished in 2005), you can still get a taste of their whiskies from independent bottlings - just like this one right here!…  More info

Lochside 1981 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/15/07) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$467.70

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)
$332.59

Pulteney 1982 (bottled 2015) - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Pulteney

An independent bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Pulteney distillery - and a rather well-aged one at that! This was distilled in 1982 and bottled in 2015 by Gordon & McPhail for The…  More info

Pulteney 1982 (bottled 2015) - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
$282.74

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)
$1,036.96

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
$15.44

Brora 1982 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Brora

Distilled at the sadly closed Brora distillery in the Highlands of Scotland in 1982, this Gordon & MacPhail bottling matured in a refill Sherry puncheon.  More info

Brora 1982 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$779.51

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)
$89.04

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)
$100.25

Glen Albyn 1976 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Glen Albyn

This Glen Albyn was distilled in 1976 and was bottled by independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail. Glen Albyn was closed in 1983 and demolished three years later, needless to say this is a rare bottling.  More info

Glen Albyn 1976 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$436.52

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