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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.

Glen Garioch 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 3739) (Adelphi)

70cl, 57.5%
Glen Garioch

Single cask Glen Garioch single malt here, independently bottled by the chaps from Adelphi. This was distilled in 1998 and matured for 18 years until 2016, when it was bottled at 57.5% ABV with an…  More info

Glen Garioch 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 3739) (Adelphi)
$140.07

Glengoyne 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 12825) - The First Edition (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 60.4%
Glengoyne

20 year old single malt from the Glengoyne distillery, aged in a refill hoggie which was laid down in 1996 and opened in 2016. This comes to us via Hunter Laing's First Editions series, with a very…  More info

Glengoyne 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 12825) - The First Edition (Hunter Laing)
$102.67

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

70cl, 46%
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)
$105.64

Glenturret 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 618) - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 54.6%
Glenturret

An independently bottled Glenturret single malt Scotch whisky, aged for 21 years in a bourbon cask, from September 1994 to 2016. It was bottled for the Lady of the Glen range with an outturn of 198…  More info

Glenturret 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 618) - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
$89.57

Tullibardine 10 Year Old 2006 (Cask 35) - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 57.6%
Tullibardine

10 year old single malt from the Tullibardine distillery, aged in a bourbon cask and independently bottled for the Lady of the Glen range (released late in 2016 alongside a Sherry-cask-matured 10…  More info

Tullibardine 10 Year Old 2006 (Cask 35) - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
$51.07

Fettercairn 7 Year Old 2009 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Fettercairn

7 year old Fettercairn single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks which were filled in 2009 and cracked open in 2016. It was bottled by the chaps at Càrn Mòr for their Strictly…  More info

Fettercairn 7 Year Old 2009 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$35.34

Inchmurrin 31 Year Old 1984 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

70cl, 47%
Loch Lomond

Indie Inchmurrin here, bottled by Bartels Whisky for their Highland laird range. This was distilled in 1984 and matured for 31 years in a single bourbon barrel before being bottled at 47% ABV.  More info

Inchmurrin 31 Year Old 1984 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

Fettercairn 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 1996) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 58.4%
Fettercairn

Fettercairn single malt aged for 27 years in one hogshead cask. This was distilled in December 1988 and set aside to mature until June 2016, when Signatory bottled it for their Cask Strength…  More info

Fettercairn 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 1996) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$98.01

Edradour 10 Year Old 2006 (cask 232) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Edradour

A single cask bottling of Edradour single malt Scotch whisky, aged for 10 years before being bottled by Signatory for their Un-Chillfiltered Collection. This was distilled in May 2006 and bottled in…  More info

Edradour 10 Year Old 2006 (cask 232) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$52.14

Fettercairn 40 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Fettercairn

This is a forty year old expression from the little known distillery of Fettercairn which is owned by the famous blending company Whyte & Mackay who also own Dalmore and Jura distilleries.  More info

Fettercairn 40 Year Old
1
$879.22

Clynelish 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 8689) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52.4%
Clynelish

A 20 year old Clynelish, aged in a refill Sherry butt from September 1995 to August 2016. Following that maturation, the folks from Signatory bottled up the whisky for their Cask Strength Collection…  More info

Clynelish 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 8689) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$92.94

GlenDronach 25 Year Old - Grandeur Batch 8

70cl, 50.3%
GlenDronach

Gaze upon Grandeur - yes, it's the 8th batch of GlenDronach's Grandeur single malt, aged for 25 years in Oloroso Sherry casks. 1,505 bottles were produced.  More info

GlenDronach 25 Year Old - Grandeur Batch 8
$400.30

anCnoc 2000

70cl, 46%
Knockdhu

anCnoc's selection of vintages grows one bottle bigger! The 2000 vintage anCnoc single malt Scotch whisky was matured in a selection of Spanish oak ex-Sherry butts and American oak ex-bourbon…  More info

anCnoc 2000
2
$60.60

Fettercairn 12 Year Old 2001 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%
Fettercairn

A 12 year old Fettercairn single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for Landside's Distiller's Art range. This Highland single cask was distilled in September 2001 and matured in a single refill hoggie…  More info

Fettercairn 12 Year Old 2001 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$51.14

Ben Nevis 10 Year Old 2006 (cask 11497) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Ben Nevis

A single cask bottling of Ben Nevis single malt, aged in a refill hogshead for 10 years. It was distilled up in the Highlands in June 2006 and set aside to mature until November 2016, when it was…  More info

Ben Nevis 10 Year Old 2006 (cask 11497) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$40.93

Darkness! Loch Lomond 19 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 55.6%
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

Tomatin 36 Year Old - Batch 2

70cl, 46%
Tomatin

It's the second batch of 36 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Tomatin distillery, drawn from a combination of first-fill Spanish Oloroso Sherry butts and traditional (refill) American oak…  More info

Tomatin 36 Year Old - Batch 2
$515.73

Glenmorangie The Pioneering Collection (4 x 10cl)

40cl, 43.8%
Glenmorangie

A selection of 10cl miniatures of single malt Scotch whisky from the much-adored Glenmorangie distillery! This set includes a 10cl bottle of Glenmorangie 10 Year Old - The Original, Glenmorangie 12…  More info

Glenmorangie The Pioneering Collection (4 x 10cl)
$17.99

Inchmurrin 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 31) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Loch Lomond

20 year old single malt from the Loch Lomond distillery, released under their Inchmurrin name. This single cask whisky was distilled in November 1996 and allowed to age in a refill butt for two…  More info

Inchmurrin 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 31) (Signatory)
1
$41.73

Glen Garioch Virgin Oak

70cl, 48%
Glen Garioch

Glen Garioch use virgin North American white oak casks for the entirety of the maturation for their Virgin Oak release. Using brand new barrels for whisky is becoming quite a trend, and the big, bold…  More info

Glen Garioch Virgin Oak
7
$71.56

Glenmorangie Dornoch

70cl, 43%
Glenmorangie

A limited edition release from Glenmorangie inspired by the Dornoch Firth, the shores of which is where the distillery is located. To achieve the desired evocative profile Dr. Bill Lumsden has used…  More info

Glenmorangie Dornoch
5
$75.56

Ben Nevis 31 Year Old 1984 (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 56.4%
Ben Nevis

A limited edition bottling of some incredibly well-aged Ben Nevis single malt Scotch whisky, released as part of La Maison du Whisky's 60th Anniversary celebrations. Distilled in 1984, this whisky…  More info

Ben Nevis 31 Year Old 1984 (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$583.52

Ben Nevis 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 11790) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 46.5%
Ben Nevis

This is an independent bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Ben Nevis distillery, matured in a single hogshead cask from 1996 to 2015. It was bottled at 18 years old by Hunter Laing for The…  More info

Ben Nevis 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 11790) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)
$85.84

Oban 2000 (bottled 2015) Montilla Fino Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%
Oban

Ooh... Oban! A favourite malt of many, and their Distillers Edition bottlings are well loved too. This is a 2000 vintage Oban, which was bottled in 2015 after enjoying a finishing period in casks…  More info

Oban 2000 (bottled 2015) Montilla Fino Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
2
$67.55

Glenmorangie 10 Year Old - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Glenmorangie

Bottled in the 1970s, this antique bottle of Glenmorangie 10 year old. Sure, the newer bottles might be fancier and more elegant, but these older designs are absolute classics, like old sports cars…  More info

Glenmorangie 10 Year Old - 1970s
$187.18

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