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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.

Old Pulteney 8 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Pulteney

An 8 year old from the Old Pulteney distillery, matured in refill Bourbon barrels before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Old Pulteney 8 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
3
$32.66

Glen Garioch - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50.60%
Glen Garioch

We all know Ryan Chetiyawardana is a bit of a wizard when it comes to cocktails (to put it lightly). He was even on the label of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's bottling of Auchentoshan single malt…  More info

Glen Garioch - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Loch Lomond 15 Year Old - Organic Single Malt (Dà Mhìle)

70cl, 46%
Loch Lomond

Another organic single malt from the Loch Lomond distillery in Scotland, bottled for Welsh company Dà Mhìle. This one has been aged for 15 years and continues the series of organic releases from Dà…  More info

Loch Lomond 15 Year Old - Organic Single Malt (Dà Mhìle)
$66.54

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)
$417.59

Edradour 10 Year Old 2004 (cask 407) - Straight From The Cask

50cl, 60.70%
Edradour

Cor, just look at the ruby hue of this Edradour! From their Straight From The Cask range, this well-Sherried single malt was distilled in November 2004 and set aside to age for 10 years in a single…  More info

Edradour 10 Year Old 2004 (cask 407) - Straight From The Cask
$63.31

Oban 2000 - Managers Choice

70cl, 58.70%
Oban

A new and very special release of Oban, this is a single cask edition from Diageo's comprehensive Managers Choice series, with a single cask whisky from each of their 27 malt whisky distilleries.…  More info

Oban 2000 - Managers Choice
$519.97

Waffles and Ice Cream 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Clynelish)

70cl, 54.20%
Clynelish

A rather delicious-sounding independently bottled Clynelish here from Wemyss Malts - 'Waffles and Ice Cream'! It was distilled in 1997, aged in a single hogshead cask and bottled in 2015 with an…  More info

Waffles and Ice Cream 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Clynelish)
$99.21

Ben Nevis 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 1) - Mr Taketsuru's Single Cask

70cl, 61.30%
Ben Nevis

Back in 1989 Nikka bought Ben Nevis from Whitbread and then reopened the distillery in 1990 (it had been closed since 1986). The very first cask was filled by Takeshi Taketsuru (Masataka and Rita's…  More info

Ben Nevis 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 1) -  Mr Taketsuru's Single Cask
$585.25

Royal Lochnagar 30 Year Old 1974 - Rare Malts

70cl, 56.20%
Lochnagar

A Rare Malts bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Royal Lochnagar distillery! This one was distilled in 1974 and bottled 30 years later in 2004, and was presented at cask strength. Very…  More info

Royal Lochnagar 30 Year Old 1974 - Rare Malts
$383.12

Glenturret 28 Year Old 1987 (cask 11028) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.50%
Glenturret

This particular Glenturret single malt matured in a single refill hogshead until it was 28 years old. The outturn was 168 tasty bottles in December 2015, released soon afterwards at the start of 2016.  More info

Glenturret 28 Year Old 1987 (cask 11028) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$117.16

Invergordon - Batch 4 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50.10%
Invergordon

That Boutique-y Whisky Company have release their fourth batch of incredible independently bottled single grain Scotch whisky from the Invergordon distillery. Once again, the label gives us an…  More info

Invergordon - Batch 4 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Loch Lomond Single Malt

70cl, 40%
Loch Lomond

The entry level bottling for the Loch Lomond distillery, which by the way has no association with the still of the same name.  More info

Loch Lomond Single Malt
28
$23.91

Dalmore Mackenzie

70cl, 46%
Dalmore

A delicious and charitable whisky from Dalmore, a "significant proportion" of profits from each bottle of Mackenzie sold will go towards the upkeep of the clan';s ancestral seat, Castle…  More info

Dalmore Mackenzie
$328.44

Dalmore 1999 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Dalmore

Independently bottled single malt from the legendary Dalmore distillery, presented as part of Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range. It was distilled in 1999 and left to age until 2014, when…  More info

Dalmore 1999 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$46.89

Brora 1982 (bottled 2000) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Brora

This is a Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Brora single malt Scotch whisky, as part of their Connoisseurs Choice range. This bottling features whisky which was distilled in 1982, a year before the…  More info

Brora 1982 (bottled 2000) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$684.19

Dalmore 30 Year Old

70cl, 45%
Dalmore

This limited release of The Dalmore was matured in hand-sourced 30 year old Matusalem Oloroso and Amoroso Oloroso Sherry butts from Gonzalez Byass. Just 888 bottles are available worldwide, with…  More info

Dalmore 30 Year Old
$1532.71

The Highland Mariner 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Clynelish)

70cl, 46%
Clynelish

Single cask Clynelish, bottled by the folks at Wemyss Malts! This is a 1997 vintage Clynelish, aged in a hogshead cask until 2015 and bottled at 46% ABV. 341 bottles were produced. Wemyss gave this…  More info

The Highland Mariner 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Clynelish)
$92.29

Fettercairn 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 001) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 54.50%
Fettercairn

This 26 year old Fettercairn single malt has been independently bottled by A. D. Rattray for their Cask Collection range. It was distilled in May 1989 and left to age in a bourbon cask until…  More info

Fettercairn 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 001) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
$122.74

Glenugie 30 Year Old 1980 - Deoch an Doras

70cl, 52.10%
Glenugie

Official bottlings of Glenugie single malt Scotch whisky are rare as hen's teeth, considering the distillery was closed in 1983. This is the second release from the Deoch an Doras range of official…  More info

Glenugie 30 Year Old 1980 - Deoch an Doras
2
$382.42

GlenDronach 47 Year Old 1968 (cask 5837)

70cl, 45.90%
GlenDronach

The first time that a 1968 GlenDronach has made up part of these releases (the oldest vintage held by the distillery, possibly the oldest in existence). Matured in a single Pedro Ximénez Sherry…  More info

GlenDronach 47 Year Old 1968 (cask 5837)
$2208.14

Oban 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 748) - Private Cask

70cl, 47.80%
Oban

This is a private cask bottling of 24 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Oban distillery - a rare sight! This was distilled in March 1989, matured in a single bourbon cask and bottled in…  More info

Oban 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 748) - Private Cask
$766.30

Applewood Bake 1988 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Invergordon)

70cl, 46%
Invergordon

An indie bottling of rather well-aged single grain Scotch whisky from the Invergordon distillery, matured in a single butt cask. It was distilled in 1988 and set aside to age until 2015, when it was…  More info

Applewood Bake 1988 (bottled 2015) -  Wemyss Malts (Invergordon)
$88.61

Wolfburn Inaugural Special Edition

70cl, 46%
Wolfburn

A special inaugural release of Wolfburn single malt from the northernmost mainland distillery in Scotland. Just 875 (100 in the UK) of these individually numbered and engraved bottles have been…  More info

Wolfburn Inaugural Special Edition

Glenmorangie A Midwinter Night's Dram

70cl, 43%
Glenmorangie

A limited edition release from the legendary Glenmorangie distillery. A Midwinter Night's Dram celebrates a tradition in which the Glenmorangie Master Distiller would treat The Sixteen Men of Tain to…  More info

Glenmorangie A Midwinter Night's Dram
9
$54.69

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)
$398.83

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