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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.

Glenugie 32 Year Old 1977 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 58.6%
Glenugie

Single cask Glenugie. This was distilled on the 15th October 1977 and aged for 32 years. It was given a 90 month finish in top quality Oloroso sherry butts and bottled by Signatory on the 19th March…  More info

Glenugie 32 Year Old 1977 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Clynelish 12 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Clynelish

From the 'Friends of the Classic Malts' series. Classic distillery character for a superb price.  More info

Clynelish 12 Year Old

Dalmore 1981 Amoroso Sherry Finesse

70cl, 42%
Dalmore

A 1981 vintage Dalmore with a limited outturn of just 484 bottles, beautifully packaged too. This was given a "finesse" in Amoroso sherry casks.  More info

Dalmore 1981 Amoroso Sherry Finesse

Edradour 12 Year Old 1997 Sassicaia Cask Finish - Straight from the Cask 56.4%

50cl, 56.4%
Edradour

Initially aged in hogsheads, this Edradour was finished in Sassicaia red wine casks. The result is an incredibly fruity, spicy 12 year old highland whisky.  More info

Edradour 12 Year Old 1997 Sassicaia Cask Finish - Straight from the Cask 56.4%

Edradour Port Cask Matured

70cl, 46%
Edradour

This is not port-finished, no, this is entirely matured in Port Bodega Butts! Edradour selected 10 port casks.  More info

Edradour Port Cask Matured
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anCnoc 1994

70cl, 46%
Knockdhu

A bourbon matured single malt from Knockdhu, distilled in 1994. The whisky is bottled under the name anCnoc, to avoid confusion with whisky from the Knockando distillery.  More info

anCnoc 1994
$36.29

Tullibardine 1988

70cl, 46%
Tullibardine

Released to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of King James IV's coronation, a light, affable single malt from the Tullibardine distillery, distilled in 1988.  More info

Tullibardine 1988
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$47.23

Glen Ord 12 Year Old 1998 Cask 3474 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.8%
Glen Ord

This was distilled at the Glen Ord distillery on the 20th February 1998, and aged in hogshead number 3474 for 12 years before bottling by Signatory at cask strength on the 24th September 2010. A…  More info

Glen Ord 12 Year Old 1998 Cask 3474 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Balblair 1975

70cl, 46%
Balblair

Bottled in 2007 having been distilled in 1975, this Balblair single malt was aged in European oak casks that previously held maturing sherry.  More info

Balblair 1975
$196.23

Ben Nevis 1993 - Un-chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Ben Nevis

Distilled at Ben Nevis in the Highlands on the 26th November 1993, aged in cask number 2688 (a sherry butt) and bottled by Signatory on the 25th March 2008. Part of a release of 795 unchillfiltered…  More info

Ben Nevis 1993 - Un-chillfiltered (Signatory)

Edradour 24 Year Old 1985 Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish

70cl, 50.2%
Edradour

From a release of 682 bottles, this was distilled at Edradour in 1985 and matured for 24 years in a Pedro Ximenez dessert sherry cask before bottling at cask strength in April of 2009.  More info

Edradour 24 Year Old 1985 Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish
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Ben Nevis 11 Year Old 1998 - NC2 (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%
Ben Nevis

A Madeira cask finished Ben Nevis, bottled by Duncan Taylor for the NC2 range (a range of non chill filtered, non coloured whisky). This was distilled in 1998 and bottled in 2010.  More info

Ben Nevis 11 Year Old 1998 - NC2 (Duncan Taylor)

Brora 28 Year Old 1981 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 57.4%
Brora

A very rare Brora. This single cask was bottled by Douglas Laing, and there are just 93 bottles! Distilled in June 1981 and matured for 28 years before bottling in November 2009.  More info

Brora 28 Year Old 1981 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)
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Invergordon 1971 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 47%
Invergordon

A single cask grain whisky, distilled at Invergordon in 1971 and bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd in 2010.  More info

Invergordon 1971 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$112.61

Aberfeldy 14 Year Old 1994 (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Aberfeldy

A single cask from the Aberfeldy distillery. This was distilled on the 7th June 1994 and matured in hogshead number 4024 for 14 years before bottling on the 9th June 2008 by Signatory. A release of…  More info

Aberfeldy 14 Year Old 1994 (Signatory)

Balblair 2000 (1st Release)

70cl, 43%
Balblair

The 2000 vintage from Balblair was released in 2010, and it was matured in first fill American Oak casks.  More info

Balblair 2000 (1st Release)
$34.52

Tomatin 25 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Tomatin

A superb value 25 year old from the Highland distillery, Tomatin, This is more of a Speyside style malt, and it was awarded 93 points at the International Review of Spirits in 2006 with the comment…  More info

Tomatin 25 Year Old
$74.93

Brora 1982 - Jewels of Scotland (Lombard)

70cl, 50%
Brora

From Lombard's Jewels of Scotland range. This was distilled at Brora in 1982 and bottled in 2004. John Hansell of Malt Advocate rated it with a very high 95 points!  More info

Brora 1982 - Jewels of Scotland (Lombard)

Glengoyne 1972 Spring

70cl, 55%
Glengoyne

It almost sounds like a song, the spring of '72 is a nutty, fruity single malt from Glengoyne with notes of apples and pears and plenty of almond.  More info

Glengoyne 1972 Spring

Clynelish 12 Year Old 1998 (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Clynelish

12 year old Clynelish distilled in February 1998 and aged in hogsheads 2454 and 2455 before bottling by Signatory in March 2010. A release of 798 bottles.  More info

Clynelish 12 Year Old 1998 (Signatory)
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Glen Mhor 27 Year Old 1982 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55%
Glen Mhor

A single cask from the now closed Glen Mhor distillery. This was distilled on the 1st September 1982, matured for 27 years in hogshead number 1327 before bottling on the 6th April 2010 at cask…  More info

Glen Mhor 27 Year Old 1982 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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Balblair 35 Year Old 1966 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 40.4%
Balblair

A very old Old Malt Cask bottling, this is the first we've seen from the range not to be bottled at 50%. In this case, we suspect because it would have been impossible - after 35 years in the cask,…  More info

Balblair 35 Year Old 1966 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Clynelish 13 Year Old 1997 (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%
Clynelish

This 13 year old Clynelish from Murray McDavid was aged in bourbon casks, and finished in first growth Paulliac wine casks from Chateau Lafite. Bottled at Bruichladdich and a limited release of just…  More info

Clynelish 13 Year Old 1997 (Murray McDavid)

Edradour 11 Year Old 1997 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cask Finish - Straight from the Cask

50cl, 57.2%
Edradour

A single cask release of 452 bottles of 11 year old Edradour. This was finished in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a wine which was once less popular before Robert Parker began singing its praises.  More info

Edradour 11 Year Old 1997 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cask Finish - Straight from the Cask

Glenugie 33 Year Old 1977 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.2%
Glenugie

This was distilled at the Glenugie distillery on the 20th December 1977, and aged in a hogshead and a sherry butt. It was then bottled on the 14th January 2011 by Signatory. A release of 573 bottles.  More info

Glenugie 33 Year Old 1977 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

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