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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.

Invergordon 52 Year Old 1964 (cask 11487) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 42.5%
Invergordon

A very well-aged single grain from the Invergordon distillery. This 52 year old whisky(!) was distilled in November 1964 and aged in a single refill barrel for over half a century before being…  More info

Invergordon 52 Year Old 1964 (cask 11487) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
1
$395.74

anCnoc 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
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
40
$35.92

Oban Little Bay

70cl, 43%
Oban

Previously part of their travel retail offering, Oban's Little Bay has graduated to the core range as a 70cl bottling. Master Blenders Dr. Matthew Crow and Dr. Craig Wilson use whisky matured in…  More info

Oban Little Bay
4
$53.83

Loch Lomond 19 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.7%
Loch Lomond

One of Clarke's Three Laws states that "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Distillation, of course, is not magic. It's science. However, how to do you explain how…  More info

Loch Lomond 19 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$59.21

Blair Athol 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Blair Athol

A Flora and Fauna release from the Blair Athol distillery, this 12 year old exudes sherry and Christmas pudding notes with spice. Blair Athol does not receive the acclaim it so thoroughly deserves.  More info

Blair Athol 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
6
$48.73

Fettercairn Fior

70cl, 42%
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
18
$44.00

Tomatin Five Virtues - Fire

70cl, 46%
Tomatin

A release from Tomatin's Five Virtues series, which gives light to five elements - Fire, Water, Earth, Wood and Metal. This particular bottling is the Fire edition, made with whisky matured in casks…  More info

Tomatin Five Virtues - Fire
$51.67

The Glendronach Cask Strength - Batch 5

70cl, 55.3%
GlenDronach

A fifth batch of cask strength GlenDronach single malt Scotch whisky matured in Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso Sherry casks and then bottled without chill filtration.  More info

The Glendronach Cask Strength - Batch 5
$65.22

Dalmore Cigar Malt

70cl, 44%
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
26
$77.37

Glengoyne 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glengoyne

Completely unpeated (unusual in the highlands), this Glengoyne is soft, fruity and very quaffable. A fine single malt!  More info

Glengoyne 12 Year Old
13
$41.42

Glengoyne 18 Year Old

70cl, 43%
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
10
$81.24

Edradour 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Edradour

Edradour is one of Scotland's smallest distilleries and at the heart of the range, this 10 year old Eastern Highlander is a rather unique single malt, a decidedly rum-like dram with a thick mouthfeel.  More info

Edradour 10 Year Old
48
$39.15

The GlenDronach Cask Strength - Batch 6

70cl, 56.1%
GlenDronach

Delicious GlenDronach single malt, bottled at cask strength! Yes, this is the sixth batch of their Cask Strength expression, bottled at a generous 56.1% ABV this time around. Expect big waves of…  More info

The GlenDronach Cask Strength - Batch 6
$60.91

Dalmore 15 Year Old

70cl, 40%
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
64
$56.52

Old Pulteney 17 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Pulteney

This 17 year old from the Pulteney distillery was a double gold winner at the 2006 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, matured in Spanish Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez casks.  More info

Old Pulteney 17 Year Old
22
$70.50

Glenmorangie The Quinta Ruban 12 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Glenmorangie

Quinta Ruban is Glenmorangie's port finish. To craft this single malt they specially selected Port pipes from the Douro valley in Portugal.  More info

Glenmorangie The Quinta Ruban 12 Year Old
97
$53.26

The GlenDronach 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
GlenDronach

A 12 year old from the Highlands distillery, GlenDronach, a very heavily sherried single malt.  More info

The GlenDronach 12 Year Old
53
$41.97

Dalmore King Alexander III

70cl, 40%
Dalmore

A sextuple-wood bottling from Dalmore. This auspiciously-named dram was matured in wine, Madeira, Sherry, Marsala, Kentucky bourbon and Port casks. King Alexander III is a rich, fruity Highland…  More info

Dalmore King Alexander III
33
$166.68

Ben Nevis 10 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Ben Nevis

This 10 year old Ben Nevis single malt exudes some beautiful coffee, chocolate and toffeed peat notes, a firm representative of the Western Highland style.  More info

Ben Nevis 10 Year Old
2
$32.31

Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Lochnagar

This 12 year old was distillery at the Lochnagar distillery, once visited by Queen Victoria when she was staying at nearby Balmoral.  More info

Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old
11
$38.39

Old Pulteney 21 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Pulteney

Malt from the most northerly mainland distillery in Scotland. This 21yo is an exceptionally well-matured version well worth a try. This was just rated the best whisky in the in Jim Murray's 2012…  More info

Old Pulteney 21 Year Old
27
$107.74

Oban 14 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Oban

A bustling seaside resort has grown up around the distillery in the two centuries since it was first built in the fishing town of Oban. The West Highland malt is still produced in the same unhurried,…  More info

Oban 14 Year Old
117
$51.54

Invergordon 25 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.6%
Invergordon

A 25 year old single grain Scotch whisky from the Invergordon distillery, independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. They've reached batch 13 of Invergordon, but don't be superstitious…  More info

Invergordon 25 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$52.74

Clynelish 14 Year Old

70cl, 46%
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
34
$45.72

Glenturret 12 Year Old 2004 (cask 110)

70cl, 55.5%
Glenturret

Superbly Sherried single malt from Glenturret, aged for 12 years in a first-fill Sherry cask! 590 bottles were produced. Grab one while you can, because we reckon this'll be pretty awesome.  More info

Glenturret 12 Year Old 2004  (cask 110)
$66.84

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