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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 6 Year Old 2010 (cask 11560) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Glen Garioch

6 year old Glen Garioch single malt aged in a refill hogshead, independently bottled by Douglas Laing as part of the Provenance series. Interesting to see a Glen Garioch bottled at a rather young age…  More info

Glen Garioch 6 Year Old 2010 (cask 11560) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$32.88

Blair Athol 14 Year Old 2002 (cask 11488) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Blair Athol

An independently bottled, single cask Blair Athol, aged in a refill hogshead for 14 years. This was distilled in October 2002 and bottled in November 2016 by Douglas Laing as part of the Provenance…  More info

Blair Athol 14 Year Old 2002 (cask 11488) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$44.38

Glencadam 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 11474) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Glencadam

An Old Particular bottling of 18 year old Glencadam, aged in a refill hogshead from May 1998 to November 2016. Following its maturation, Douglas Laing bottled it up with an outturn of 310 bottles.  More info

Glencadam 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 11474) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$77.65

Dalmore 10 Year Old 2006

70cl, 46%
Dalmore

Originally bottled for the French market, this vintage release of The Dalmore aged for 10 years, initially in first fill bourbon barrels before being moved to specially selected Beam barrels for the…  More info

Dalmore 10 Year Old 2006
$66.11

Deanston 10 Year Old 2006 (cask 9702) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Deanston

This is a Cooper's Choice bottling of 10 year old single malt from Deanston, initially aged in American oak before enjoying a finishing period in a Sherry cask. It was distilled in December 200 and…  More info

Deanston 10 Year Old 2006 (cask 9702) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$53.92

Blair Athol 7 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Blair Athol

A wine-cask finished 7 year old Blair Athol, independently bottled by Langside for the Hepburn's Choice range. This was distilled in 2009 and bottled in 2016 with an outturn of 413 bottles.  More info

Blair Athol 7 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$40.84

Glencadam 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 12775) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glencadam

A single cask bottling of single malt from the Glencadam distillery, bottled by the chaps from Hunter Laing for their popular Old Malt Cask range. It was distilled in November 1996 and left to age in…  More info

Glencadam 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 12775)  - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$80.56

Auchroisk 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 12126) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 57.6%
Auchroisk

A 21 year old single malt from the Auchroisk distillery, drawn from a wine finished barrel and independently bottled for The First Editions range by Hunter Laing. This was distilled in 1994 and…  More info

Auchroisk 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 12126) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)
$96.14

Tomatin 8 Year Old 2007 (casks 4908, 4909, 4910 & 4911) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 60%
Tomatin

An independent bottling of single malt from the Tomatin distillery, drawn from a quartet of first-fill bourbon barrels, which were laid down in November 2007 and opened up in May 2016. This was…  More info

Tomatin 8 Year Old 2007 (casks 4908, 4909, 4910 & 4911) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)
$51.02

Nuts about Pears! 1991 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Blair Athol)

70cl, 46%
Blair Athol

Are you nuts about pears? And pears about nuts? Wait, that doesn't work. We all know what this Wemyss Malts bottling of Blair Athol is going to be all about though. Distilled in 1991, it was bottled…  More info

Nuts about Pears! 1991 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Blair Athol)
$119.53

Tomatin 5 Year Old - 1970s

75cl, 43%
Tomatin

A rare 75cl 1970s bottling of Tomatin 5 year old single malt Scotch whisky. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and photographs of this item are available,…  More info

Tomatin 5 Year Old - 1970s
$183.98

Deanston 1997 (bottled 2015) (cask 15069) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 57.9%
Deanston

A single cask Deanston here from German independent bottlers Malts of Scotland. The distillery on the banks of the River Teith laid Sherry hogshead #15069 down in 1997, and the whisky was bottled in…  More info

Deanston 1997 (bottled 2015) (cask 15069) - Malts of Scotland
$93.99

Glenlochy 35 Year Old 1980 (cask 3231) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 48%
Glenlochy

Rare single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Glenlochy distillery, aged in a single hogshead cask for 35 years. It was distilled in November 1980, three years before the distillery was shut, and…  More info

Glenlochy 35 Year Old 1980 (cask 3231) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)
$968.48

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)
$2,232.05

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)
$109.01

Glenmorangie 10 Year Old - 1980s

100cl, 43%
Glenmorangie

A rather collectible bottle of Glenmorangie 10 Year Old (which you're more likely to see listed as Glenmorangie Original these days), produced back in the 1980s. This litre bottle comes alongside it…  More info

Glenmorangie 10 Year Old - 1980s
$183.98

Bonnie Banks Blended Scotch Whisky - 1960s

76cl, 50%
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
$183.98

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

75cl, 43%
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
$147.18

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)
1
$505.94

anCnoc 24 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Knockdhu

24 year old anCnoc single malt Scotch whisky from the Knockdhu distillery up in the Highlands. An expression not often seen on these shores, this is a citrus-forward dram (think lemon peels and…  More info

anCnoc 24 Year Old
$122.65

Glenmorangie Pride 1978 1l

100cl, 47.4%
Glenmorangie

Following on from the Glenmorangie Pride 1981, Dr Bill Lumsden has crafted the Glenmorangie Pride 1978. Distilled in 1978, this single malt Scotch whisky was initially matured for 19 years before it…  More info

Glenmorangie Pride 1978 1l
2
$3,970.90

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)
$98.59

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)
$87.56

anCnoc Peter Arkle Limited Edition - Warehouse (4th Release)

70cl, 46%
Knockdhu

The fourth release in the series of anCnoc Highland single malt whiskies with great labels drawn by Scottish illustrator Peter Arkle. It features the warehouses at Knockdhu, with brick walls that…  More info

anCnoc Peter Arkle Limited Edition - Warehouse (4th Release)
$50.34

anCnoc Rascan

70cl, 46%
Knockdhu

A 2015 addition to the range of peated anCnoc single malts, once again with a name reference a traditional peat-harvesting tool. The Rascan has been peated to 11.1 PPM (only just higher than the…  More info

anCnoc Rascan
$52.97

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