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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.

Glengoyne 10 Year Old

70cl, 40.0%
Glengoyne

A soft, sweet 10 year old single malt from the Glengoyne distillery and a winner of a Gold Medal at the 2007 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.  More info

Glengoyne 10 Year Old
26
$34.92

Dalmore 15 Year Old

70cl, 40.0%
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
58
$59.28

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

70cl, 43.0%
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
1
$70.17

Fettercairn Fior

70cl, 42.0%
Fettercairn

A handsome, smartly packaged Fettercairn. Fior is Gaelic for "true", and the whisky has an astonishingly rich flavour of cocoa, espresso, spices, fruit and almond. We love it. It was released in…  More info

Fettercairn Fior
15
$44.11

Glengoyne 18 Year Old

70cl, 43.0%
Glengoyne

Released toward the end of 2012 to replace the superb Glengoyne 17, this 18 year old was aged in refill sherry and first-fill sherry casks and the results are very good indeed.  More info

Glengoyne 18 Year Old
8
$80.81

GlenDronach Peated

70cl, 46.0%
GlenDronach

GlenDronach have introduced their first ever peated expression to their range! This expression was initially matured in bourbon casks before being transferred over to Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez Sherry…  More info

GlenDronach Peated
2
$39.78

Dalmore 12 Year Old

70cl, 40.0%
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
73
$42.96

Tomatin Cù Bòcan 2005 Vintage Limited Edition

70cl, 50.0%
Tomatin

A vintage release of smoky Cù Bòcan single malt from Tomatin from the year in which the distillery first started distilling a small amount of peated malt each year. (The 1988 vintage Cù Bòcan was…  More info

Tomatin Cù Bòcan 2005 Vintage Limited Edition
$53.96

The GlenDronach 8 Year Old The Hielan'

70cl, 46.0%
GlenDronach

Unveiled in mid-2015, GlenDronach's The Hielan' is a rather handsome entry level 8 year old single malt from the Highland distillery's range, matured and married in bourbon and Sherry casks.…  More info

The GlenDronach 8 Year Old The Hielan'
2
$35.79

Dalmore Cigar Malt

70cl, 44.0%
Dalmore

Dalmore Cigar Malt was discontinued in mid-2009, causing uproar among all right-thinking, cigar-smoking whisky fans. This dram used to sit above the 12, and below the 15 in terms of both the…  More info

Dalmore Cigar Malt
20
$77.02

Loch Lomond Original

70cl, 40.0%
Loch Lomond

A satisfying, subtly peated single malt Scotch whisky from Loch Lomond. The distillery is renowned for being able to produce a multitude of whisky styles, including single malt (like the one you see…  More info

Loch Lomond Original
6
$28.23

Dalmore 18 Year Old

70cl, 43.0%
Dalmore

Dalmore's stunning 18 year old Highland malt is as rich, fruity and spicy as you could ever want from a Dalmore. Kudos to Richard Paterson for creating another veritable chocolate orange of a whisky…  More info

Dalmore 18 Year Old
20
$97.01

Edradour Caledonia 12 Year Old

70cl, 46.0%
Edradour

This Caledonia Edradour is a release specially selected by songwriter Douglas Maclean and named after his famous song, Caledonia. The cask was an Oloroso sherry cask, distilled in 1997.  More info

Edradour Caledonia 12 Year Old
10
$51.99

Glenmorangie 10 Year Old - The Original

70cl, 40.0%
Glenmorangie

Original is the core bottling in the Glenmorangie range, released to replace the old 10 year old. This really is a classic malt, so creamy and fruity.  More info

Glenmorangie 10 Year Old - The Original
103
$32.35

Tullibardine 26 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.2%
Tullibardine

A tremendous bottling of 26 year old Tullibardine single malt full of exciting vanilla and bourbon notes! Perhaps this was what King James IV had in mind as he enjoyed his pre-coronation…  More info

Tullibardine 26 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$129.57

Ben Nevis 19 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.5%
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)
$72.32

Balblair 1983 - 1st Release

70cl, 46.0%
Balblair

Replacing the 1975 vintage, the Balblair 1983 is a lip-smackingly rich single malt Scotch whisky from the distillery in the Highlands. Matured in ex-bourbon barrels since 1983, it's got a palate…  More info

Balblair 1983 - 1st Release
2
$223.16

Glen Garioch 1797 Founder's Reserve

70cl, 48.0%
Glen Garioch

1797 Founder's Reserve is the new offering from Glen Garioch (pronounced Glen 'Geery').  More info

Glen Garioch 1797 Founder's Reserve
16
$34.23

Clynelish 15 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.3%
Clynelish

That Boutique-y Whisky Company's third batch of Clynelish single malt and those cats from the interweb are still discussing whisky labels, siblings and cheezburgers! We like the addition of a candle…  More info

Clynelish 15 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$72.32

Balblair 1999 - 2nd Release

70cl, 46.0%
Balblair

The second release of 1999 vintage Balblair single malt Scotch whisky replaces the 1997 vintage in their core range. The ace Highland whisky was matured in a combination of American ex-bourbon…  More info

Balblair 1999 - 2nd Release
$65.71

Ben Nevis 21 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.0%
Ben Nevis

A fifth batch of delicious Ben Nevis single malt from That Boutique-y Whisky Company. The Ben Nevis distillery is depicted on the label, of course, as seen by an intrepid explorer climbing Ben Nevis…  More info

Ben Nevis 21 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$123.09

anCnoc 12 Year Old

70cl, 40.0%
Knockdhu

Knockdhu renamed their whiskies anCnoc to avoid confusion with the nearby Knockando distillery. This 12 year old exhibits a gentle, non-sherried style of whisky.  More info

anCnoc 12 Year Old
35
$33.34

Clynelish 14 Year Old

70cl, 46.0%
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
31
$39.50

Balblair 1990 - 2nd Release

70cl, 46.0%
Balblair

As the world began its ten-year saunter towards the new Millennium, Balblair distilled this expression of their excellent single malt in 1990 and set it aside to mature in ex-bourbon casks. 21 years…  More info

Balblair 1990 - 2nd Release
2
$111.04

Glenmorangie 12 Year Old Lasanta (43%)

70cl, 43.0%
Glenmorangie

This is the 12 year old, Sherry cask finished expression from Glenmorangie, the Lasanta, bottled at a slightly lower ABV of 43% (originally it was bottled at 46%). It first matures in bourbon casks…  More info

Glenmorangie 12 Year Old Lasanta (43%)
11
$50.37

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