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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.

Inchmurin 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 2850) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.6%
Loch Lomond

An independent bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Loch Lomond distillery, presented under their Inchmurrin name. It was distilled in May 1993 and matured in a single hogshead for 21…  More info

Inchmurin 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 2850) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$84.37

Clynelish Select Reserve (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 56.1%
Clynelish

The second Select Reserve from Diageo's Special Releases, Jim Beveridge has again been busy hand-selecting Clynelish casks. Yep, we're all jealous of him too! Liquid was chosen from ex-bourbon…  More info

Clynelish Select Reserve (Special Release 2015)
$596.44

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

70cl, 46.0%
Glengoyne

An un-chill-filtered, natural colour Glengoyne single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the Hepburn's Choice range by Langside. It was distilled in 2007 and left to age in a refill hogshead for 7…  More info

Glengoyne 7 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
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$43.44

Ben Nevis 43 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky 1970 (cask 3) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 44.7%
Ben Nevis

Now this right here is very intriguing indeed - an independent bottling of blended Scotch whisky from the Ben Nevis distillery. Not only that, it's 43 year old blended Scotch whisky, no less! It was…  More info

Ben Nevis 43 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky 1970 (cask 3) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$295.77

Fettercairn 14 Year Old 2000 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46.0%
Fettercairn

A Càrn Mòr bottling of 14 year old Fettercairn single malt Scotch whisky, matured in two bourbon barrels. It was distilled in 2000 and bottled for the Strictly Limited range with an outturn of 510…  More info

Fettercairn 14 Year Old 2000 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$53.52

Speyburn 9 Year Old 2004 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46.0%
Speyburn

From the small Speyburn distillery in the Scottish Highlands comes a 9 year old, sherry butt matured single malt, bottled for the Hepburn's Choice range by Langside Distillers. 753 bottles of this…  More info

Speyburn 9 Year Old 2004 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$48.40

Glenlochy 1979 (bottled 2012) - Rare Old (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 46.0%
Glenlochy

This single malt whisky was distilled at the now demolished Glenlochy in 1979. Located in Fort William, the distillery would close just 4 years later. This rare independent release from Gordon &…  More info

Glenlochy 1979 (bottled 2012) - Rare Old (Gordon & Macphail)
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$540.06

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)
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$536.80

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

75cl, 43.0%
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
$156.16

Blair Athol 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 7237) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 55.3%
Blair Athol

Blair Athol at a natural cask strength of 55.3% abv after 22 years maturing in a single cask. Hardly ever seen as an official bottling (there was a Flora and Fauna bottling with a cool otter on it),…  More info

Blair Athol 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 7237) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$158.20

Glengoyne 10 Year Old - 1980s

75cl, 40.0%
Glengoyne

Ooooh, a 1980s bottling of 10 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glengoyne distillery! Very rare and collectible for Scotch whisky enthusiasts. Sadly, the label has become detached from the…  More info

Glengoyne 10 Year Old - 1980s
$130.13

SMWS No. 61.10 18 Year Old 1981 (Bottled 1999)

70cl, 58.3%
Brora

A Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottling of Brora single malt - say those words in that order and you're likely to make the ears of every Scotch whisky enthusiast in a two mile radius prick up. This…  More info

SMWS No. 61.10 18 Year Old 1981 (Bottled 1999)
$1079.03

Bonnie Banks Blended Scotch Whisky - 1960s

76cl, 50.0%
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
$195.20

Blair Athol 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 7279) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46.0%
Blair Athol

A 22 year old Blair Athol single malt, distilled in 1991 and bottled 2014. This was independently bottled by the wonderful Berry Brothers & Rudd, wine and spirit merchant extraordinaires.  More info

Blair Athol 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 7279) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$110.17

Speyburn 26 Year Old 1988 (cask 2114) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 52.3%
Speyburn

Psst, fancy some 26 year old Speyburn? Distilled in 1988 and subsequently bottled from a single cask in 2015 by Berry Brothers and Rudd. Speyburn is a very popular single malt in America and…  More info

Speyburn 26 Year Old 1988 (cask 2114) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$151.65

Oban 19 Year Old - The Manager's Dram (59.8%)

70cl, 59.8%
Oban

This sought-after whisky was originally bottled for Diageo (or United Distillers as it was then) employees at Oban and friends of the distillery in December 1995! Very rare single malt. This…  More info

Oban 19 Year Old - The Manager's Dram (59.8%)
$487.95

Glen Mhor 1965 (bottled 2005) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43.0%
Glen Mhor

A rare and exciting bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from long-silent Glen Mhor distillery. Glen Mhor produced their whisky in the Highland region from the late 1800s until the early 1980s, when…  More info

Glen Mhor 1965 (bottled 2005) - Gordon & MacPhail
$650.62

Invergordon 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 8986) - Pearls Of Scotland (Gordon & Company)

70cl, 51.7%
Invergordon

Indie Invergordon here from the Gordon & Company Pearls of Scotland range! This cask strength bottling is made with single grain Scotch whisky which was distilled in February 1988 and bottled at…  More info

Invergordon 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 8986) - Pearls Of Scotland (Gordon & Company)
$115.66

Glenmorangie 10 Year Old (Old Bottling) - Round Distillery Tin

70cl, 40.0%
Glenmorangie

An old bottling of classic Glenmorangie 10 Year Old single malt with a rare round tin depicting the distillery.  More info

Glenmorangie 10 Year Old (Old Bottling) - Round Distillery Tin
$153.23

Glenmorangie 10 Year Old (Old Bottling) - The Sixteen Men of Tain Tin

70cl, 40.0%
Glenmorangie

Quite a fun old bottling of Glenmorangie 10 Year Old this, as the embossed tin features the Sixteen Men of Tain who were responsible for running the distillery for decades.  More info

Glenmorangie 10 Year Old (Old Bottling) - The Sixteen Men of Tain Tin
$153.23

Glenmorangie 10 Year Old (Old Bottling) - Handcrafts of Scotland Tin

70cl, 40.0%
Glenmorangie

An antique bottling of Glenmorangie 10 Year Old single malt with a rare 'Handcrafts of Scotland' square tin.  More info

Glenmorangie 10 Year Old (Old Bottling) - Handcrafts of Scotland Tin
$146.35

Glenesk 1980 (bottled 2014) (Lot No. RO/14/04) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46.0%
Glenesk

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Glenesk single malt selected for their Rare Old series.  More info

Glenesk 1980 (bottled 2014) (Lot No. RO/14/04) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$487.03

Tomatin 6 Year Old 2009 (cask 900016) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52.8%
Tomatin

An independent bottling of Tomatin single malt Scotch whisky aged for 6 years, from February 2009 to October 2015. It was then bottled by Duncan Taylot for their Dimensions range (which shows off the…  More info

Tomatin 6 Year Old 2009 (cask 900016) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$54.60

Fettercairn 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 10839) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.0%
Fettercairn

Independently bottled single malt from Fettercairn here, aged in a refill hoggie from November 1995 to August 2014. It was been bottled by Hinter Laing for their long-running Old Malt Cask range -…  More info

Fettercairn 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 10839) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$77.64

Glen Mhor 50 Year Old 1965 (cask 3934) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 47.1%
Glen Mhor

A very exciting independent bottling of 50 year old Glen Mhor single malt Scotch whisky - a rare whisky from a distillery which closed back in the early 1980s. This particularly bottling was…  More info

Glen Mhor 50 Year Old 1965 (cask 3934) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)
$2368.19

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