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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 7 Year Old 2007 (bottled 2014) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Glengoyne

From the Langside Hepburn's Choice range comes a 7 year old Glengoyne single malt Scotch whisky, which was lovingly matured in a single refill hoggie from 2007 to 2014. 478 bottles were produced,…  More info

Glengoyne 7 Year Old 2007 (bottled 2014) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$38.65

Glenlochy 35 Year Old 1980 (cask 3232) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 51.1%
Glenlochy

A 35 year old Glenlochy single malt, aged in a single hogshead cask (#3232) from November 1980 to December 2015. Not much of this around these days, as the distillery was closed back in 1983. 218…  More info

Glenlochy 35 Year Old 1980 (cask 3232) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)
$991.30

Tullibardine 2007 (cask 0035) - Spirit & Cask Range

70cl, 46%
Tullibardine

A single cask Tullibardine distilled in July 2007 and bottled in 2015 for Whiskymax's Spirit & Cask Range. The outturn was 294 bottles.  More info

Tullibardine 2007 (cask 0035) - Spirit & Cask Range
$48.75

Tomatin 1971 44 Year Old

70cl, 45.8%
Tomatin

A 44 year old single cask release distilled in 1971 and matured in a Spanish ex-Oloroso Sherry cask. The first in Tomatin's luxury Warehouse 6 Collection 252 bottles are available. The stunning…  More info

Tomatin 1971 44 Year Old
$2,615.47

Blair Athol 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 7279) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Blair Athol

A 22 year old Blair Athol single malt, distilled in 1991 and bottled 2014. This was independently bottled by the wonderful Berry Brothers & Rudd, wine and spirit merchant extraordinaires.  More info

Blair Athol 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 7279) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$106.28

Glen Garioch 1993 (cask 1794) - Spirit & Cask Range

70cl, 52.5%
Glen Garioch

A Spirit & Cask Range bottling of Glen Garioch matured in a single cask from September 1993 to 2015. The outturn was 260 bottles.  More info

Glen Garioch 1993 (cask 1794) - Spirit & Cask Range
$88.65

Auchroisk 1996 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Auchroisk

An indie bottling of Auchroisk single malt Scotch whisky which was distilled in 1996, matured in refill American hogsheads and eventually bottled in 2014. Part of Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs…  More info

Auchroisk 1996 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$64.17

Dalmore 35 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Dalmore

2016 marks 50 years in whisky for Master Distiller Richard Paterson, a milestone also marked by a a number of special releases of The Dalmore. This 35 year old, just 1,000 bottles of which will be…  More info

Dalmore 35 Year Old
1
$3,661.68

Ben Nevis 1997 (bottled 2015) (cask 614) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)

70cl, 50.9%
Ben Nevis

A Pearls of Scotland bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Ben Nevis distillery, matured in cask #614. It was distilled in May 1997 and bottled in May 2015 with an outturn of 305 bottles.…  More info

Ben Nevis 1997 (bottled 2015) (cask 614) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)
$79.91

Tullibardine 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 12143) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Tullibardine

An Old Malt Cask bottling of 21 year old Tullibardine single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single Sherry butt from April 1994 to November 2015. A release of 302 bottles, made possible by the folks…  More info

Tullibardine 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 12143) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$89.22

Nevis Dew Blue Label Blend

150cl, 40%
Ben Nevis

We're fairly certain the dew on Ben Nevis is not actually comprised of Nevis Dew Blue Label Blend, otherwise we would have moved up there by now. Still, we can dream. In the meantime, here's 1.5…  More info

Nevis Dew Blue Label Blend
1
$41.40

Tomatin 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 6811313) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 51.8%
Tomatin

7 year old Tomatin single malt, specially finished in an octave cask and released as part of Duncan Taylor's Octave range. It was distilled in 2009 and bottled in 2016 after spending 4 months in the…  More info

Tomatin 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 6811313) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$60.70

Fettercairn 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 10839) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Fettercairn

Independently bottled single malt from Fettercairn here, aged in a refill hoggie from November 1995 to August 2014. It was been bottled by Hinter Laing for their long-running Old Malt Cask range -…  More info

Fettercairn 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 10839) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$74.90

Auchroisk 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 11944) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Auchroisk

An independent bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Auchroisk distillery, matured in a single cask for 15 years. This comes presented as part of Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask range, and has…  More info

Auchroisk 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 11944) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$65.55

Tomatin Contrast

70cl, 46%
Tomatin

A very interesting release from the Tomatin distillery in the Highlands, featuring two 35cl bottles of single malt Scotch whisky. The whiskies are both vattings from the same six years (1973, 1977,…  More info

Tomatin Contrast
$100.71

Tullibardine 225 Sauternes Cask Finish

70cl, 43%
Tullibardine

Distilled at Tullibardine in the Highlands, this is a very tasty new whisky which was finished in a 225 litre cask (thus the name) which previously held maturing Sauternes dessert wine from Chateau…  More info

Tullibardine 225 Sauternes Cask Finish
5
$42.51

Auchroisk 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 0547) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Auchroisk

This is an 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the excellent Auchroisk distillery! It was distilled back in 1996 and bottled in 2014 after enjoying a Port cask finish. 570 bottles were…  More info

Auchroisk 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 0547) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$69.14

Glen Garioch 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 8555) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%
Glen Garioch

A 1990 vintage Glen Garioch from Montgomorie's. Drawn from a single cask (8555).  More info

Glen Garioch 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 8555) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
$116.18

Tomatin Cù Bòcan Bourbon Cask

70cl, 46%
Tomatin

You've seen the Cù Bòcan Sherry Cask. You've seen the Cù Bòcan Virgin Oak Cask. Now it's the turn of the Cù Bòcan Bourbon Cask! Yummy lightly peated single malt from the Tomatin distillery, showing…  More info

Tomatin Cù Bòcan Bourbon Cask
$52.14

Balblair 1969

70cl, 41.4%
Balblair

Following the Balblair 1965, the distillery has dug deep into their stocks and uncovered some single malt Scotch whisky which was distilled in 1969! It was bottled in 2012 after spending 43 years in…  More info

Balblair 1969
$1,312.97

Tullibardine 24 Year Old 1989 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

70cl, 53.3%
Tullibardine

A 24 year old Tullibardine, matured in a single bourbon hogshead! This is an indie bottling by the folks at Bartels Whisky, presented as part of their Highland Laird range.  More info

Tullibardine 24 Year Old 1989 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)
$109.85

Fettercairn 1997 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 46%
Fettercairn

Fettercairn is a Highland whisky which first opened in 1824. This bottle was distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2010 by Gordon & MacPhail.  More info

Fettercairn 1997 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & Macphail)
$53.78

Auchroisk 1999 - Managers Choice

70cl, 60.6%
Auchroisk

A 9 year old, cask strength, single cask Auchroisk from Diageo's Managers Choice range. This was distilled in 1999 and aged in a single sherry cask (number 11323) for 9 years before bottling in March…  More info

Auchroisk 1999 - Managers Choice
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$208.83

Loch Lomond Organic 12 Year Old - 2013 Limited Release

70cl, 48%
Loch Lomond

Organic single malt, certified by the Soil Association, from Loch Lomond distillery! A limited release from 2013 bottled at 48% abv.  More info

Loch Lomond Organic 12 Year Old - 2013 Limited Release
$50.04

Nevis Dew - Blue Label

70cl, 40%
Ben Nevis

The distillery named after the UK's highest mountain have produced this blended whisky which won gold at the International Wines and Spirits Competition in 2000.  More info

Nevis Dew - Blue Label
$22.07

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