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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 2000 Millennium Clock

70cl, 51.3%
Glengoyne

Released in 2000 to commemorate the turn of the millennium. This is cask strength single malt from the Glengoyne distillery, packaged in a grandfather clock.  More info

Glengoyne 2000 Millennium Clock
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Deanston 10 Year Old 1992 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Deanston

Rare Signatory bottling of 10 year old malt from the Deanston distillery.  More info

Deanston 10 Year Old 1992 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Brora 24 Year Old 1977 - Rare Malts

70cl, 56.1%
Brora

A 24 year old Rare Malt, very rare as Brora closed in March of 1983. This was distilled in 1977 and released in 2001.  More info

Brora 24 Year Old 1977 - Rare Malts
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Glenlochy 27 Year Old 1980 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 53.9%
Glenlochy

A 27 year old Glenlochy, bottled at cask strength by Signatory on the 25th June 2008 following maturation in hogshead number 2823. Part of a limited release of just 231 bottles - each being…  More info

Glenlochy 27 Year Old 1980 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Edradour 11 Year Old 1997 Madeira Cask Finish - Straight from the Cask

50cl, 55.9%
Edradour

From Edradour's uniquely packaged Straight from the Cask range of cask strength whisky. This was distilled on the 19th November 1997 before a maturation in sherry hogsheads before a finish in Madeira…  More info

Edradour 11 Year Old 1997 Madeira Cask Finish - Straight from the Cask

Clynelish 1995 - Cask Strength (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 59.1%
Clynelish

A cask strength Clynelish, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. This was matured in refill sherry casks and the bottlers describe it as being "Fresh with classic Highland style".  More info

Clynelish 1995 - Cask Strength (Gordon and MacPhail)

Brora 30 Year Old (2007 Release)

70cl, 55.7%
Brora

Just 2,958 individually numbered bottles were released. This Brora 30 year old was matured in refill American and European oak casks and was released in September of 2007.  More info

Brora 30 Year Old (2007 Release)

Glenturret 15 Year Old 1991

70cl, 55.3%
Glenturret

Distilled in 1991 and bottled in 2006, a 15 year old single malt from the Glenturret distillery.  More info

Glenturret 15 Year Old 1991

Blair Athol 10 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Blair Athol

From Douglas Laing's Premier Barrel range. This 10 year old Blair Athol (matured in a sherry cask) is part of a limited outturn of 651 decanters. The producers bill this single barrel whisky as "A…  More info

Blair Athol 10 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

Glen Garioch 8 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Glen Garioch

A youthful bottling from the Glen Garioch distillery, aged in bourbon casks. This 8 year old was the first official release since the distillery reopened in 1997.  More info

Glen Garioch 8 Year Old
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Tomatin 40 Year Old 1967 (Jim McEwan's Celtic Heartlands)

70cl, 47.7%
Tomatin

A 40 year old from the Tomatin distillery, a really beautiful looking whisky, in a stunning decanter. This is part of the release five of the Celtic Heartlands range, and there are just 523 of these…  More info

Tomatin 40 Year Old 1967 (Jim McEwan's Celtic Heartlands)

Edradour 12 Year Old 1995 Gaja Barolo Cask Finish - Straight from the Cask

70cl, 58%
Edradour

This was distilled on the 20th December 1995 and initially matured in hogsheads before it was disgorged on the 4th May 2006 and reracked into a Gaja Barolo hogshead and bottled on the 6th November…  More info

Edradour 12 Year Old 1995 Gaja Barolo Cask Finish - Straight from the Cask
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Glencadam 20 Year Old 1989 Cask 6020 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52.8%
Glencadam

A single cask Glencadam bottled by Signatory. There are just 428 bottles of this, distilled on the 11th September 1989 and aged for 20 years in refill sherry butt number 6020 before bottling on the…  More info

Glencadam 20 Year Old 1989 Cask 6020 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Dalmore 18 Year Old 1990 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 60.1%
Dalmore

Some delicious single cask Dalmore! This was distilled on the 11th September 1990 and matured for 18 years in sherry butt number 9413. Bottled at cask strength on the 22nd October 2008 by Signatory,…  More info

Dalmore 18 Year Old 1990 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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Brora 25 Year Old

70cl, 56.3%
Brora

A rare 25 year old release from the Brora distillery; less than 3,000 bottles were filled. This single malt was matured in American and European oak and exudes nutty, winter spice notes.  More info

Brora 25 Year Old
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Croftengea 1996 Select Cask No. 283

70cl, 45%
Loch Lomond

A sherry finished, peated single malt from Loch Lomond, part of a release of just 380 bottles, distilled in January 1996 and bottled in September 2005 under the Croftengea label.  More info

Croftengea 1996 Select Cask No. 283

Glen Garioch 12 Year Old 1995 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Glen Garioch

A single cask Glen Garioch, bottled for Douglas Laing's Provenance range. This was distilled in Autumn 1995, matured for 12 years in cask number 4072 and bottled in Winter 2007.  More info

Glen Garioch 12 Year Old 1995 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Edradour 11 Year Old 1997 Sauternes Cask Finish - Straight from the Cask

50cl, 56.6%
Edradour

We love Sauternes, it's one of our favourite dessert wines, and always relish Sauternes-finished whisky, like this single cask Edradour, distilled in 1997 and bottled in October of 2009. A release of…  More info

Edradour 11 Year Old 1997 Sauternes Cask Finish - Straight from the Cask

Glen Mhor 1979 - Cask Strength (Gordon and MacPhail)

35cl, 66.7%
Glen Mhor

Distilled at the now silent Glen Mhor in 1979 and bottled in July 1995 at a thunderous cask strength.  More info

Glen Mhor 1979 - Cask Strength (Gordon and MacPhail)

Glenturret 16 Year Old 1992 (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Glenturret

A single cask Glenturret, bottled by Signatory on the 23rd March 2009 following a 16 year maturation in single cask number 826, a refill sherry butt. There are just 845 of these individually numbered…  More info

Glenturret 16 Year Old 1992 (Signatory)

Auchroisk 28 Year Old 1974 - Rare Malts

70cl, 56.8%
Auchroisk

Pronounced 'OH-thrusk', this 28 year old is a great example of a classically matured Speyside whisky.  More info

Auchroisk 28 Year Old 1974 - Rare Malts

Dalwhinnie 20 Year Old

70cl, 56.8%
Dalwhinnie

A 20 year old from the Dalwhinnie distillery, just 4,200 bottles of this refill sherry matured whisky were released. The sherry notes are quite rich and the colour is indulgently deep.  More info

Dalwhinnie 20 Year Old
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Auchroisk 29 Year Old 1979 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.3%
Auchroisk

A sherry butt matured Auchroisk (a distillery known for its sweet and spicy flavour), this was distilled on the 19th September 1979 and aged for 29 years in cask number 22450 before bottling by…  More info

Auchroisk 29 Year Old 1979 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Royal Lochnagar 11 Year Old 1998 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Lochnagar

Just 741 individually numbered bottles of this were released. This was distilled at Royal Lochnagar on the 17th June 1998 and matured in two hogsheads, numbers 616 and 617, for 11 years before…  More info

Royal Lochnagar 11 Year Old 1998 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Glencadam 1987 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Glencadam

Distilled in 1987, this bottling from Glencadam was aged in refill bourbon barrels.  More info

Glencadam 1987 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

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