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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.

Speyburn 10 Year Old 2004 (Bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Speyburn

An independently bottled 10 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Speyburn distllery, matured in a single Sherry butt from 2004 to 2015. It was bottled with an outturn of 444 bottles by…  More info

Speyburn 10 Year Old  2004 (Bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$44.05

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

70cl, 46%
Glengoyne

An un-chill-filtered, natural colour Glengoyne single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the Hepburn's Choice range by Langside. It was distilled in 2007 and left to age in a refill hogshead for 7…  More info

Glengoyne 7 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
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$44.15

Clynelish Select Reserve (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 56.10%
Clynelish

The second Select Reserve from Diageo's Special Releases, Jim Beveridge has again been busy hand-selecting Clynelish casks. Yep, we're all jealous of him too! Liquid was chosen from ex-bourbon…  More info

Clynelish Select Reserve (Special Release 2015)
$606.23

Glen Garioch 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 10295) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 53.80%
Glen Garioch

The Glen Garioch distillery in the Highlands make some very lovely whiskies indeed, many of which they release themselves. However, they're willing to share their expressions and let independent…  More info

Glen Garioch 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 10295) - Mackillop's Choice
$127.12

Glenmorangie Pride 1978 1l

100cl, 47.40%
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
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$4392.48

Ben Nevis 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 1317) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Ben Nevis

From the Ben Nevis distillery at the foot of Ben Nevis (the mountain) comes this single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of the Coopers Choice range from The Vintage Malt Whisky Company. It was…  More info

Ben Nevis 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 1317) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$76.84

Blair Athol 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 328667) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 55.50%
Blair Athol

Sherried Blair Athol single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single Sherry oak cask for 23 years! It was distilled back in August 1991 and bottled in October 2014 by Duncan Taylor for their Duncan…  More info

Blair Athol 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 328667) - The Duncan Taylor Single
$203.72

Blair Athol 15 Year Old 1998 (cask 2754) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Blair Athol

While most of Blair Athol's whisky is used in Bell's blended whiskies, some of it gets out on through independent bottlers, like Berry Bros. & Rudd. This 15 year old from cask 2754, being a prime…  More info

Blair Athol 15 Year Old 1998 (cask 2754) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$73.45

Invergordon 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 11853) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 51.10%
Invergordon

An indie Invergordon single grain here from Hunter Laing's Sovereign range! This one has been aged for 27 years, from 1988 to 2015, in a single refill hogshead. It was then bottled at cask strength…  More info

Invergordon 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 11853) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)
$97.30

Glen Garioch 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 7854) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 53.80%
Glen Garioch

Single cask single malt from the Glen Garioch distillery in the Highlands, bottled by the chaps at Berry Brothers & Rudd. It was distilled in 1989 and left to mature in cask #7854 for 24 long years…  More info

Glen Garioch 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 7854) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$123.66

Balblair 2004 - 1st Release

100cl, 46%
Balblair

A 2004 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the Balblair distillery in the Highlands, which has been carefully matured in bourbon casks. It was originally launched as a Travel Retail exclusive.  More info

Balblair 2004 - 1st Release
$68.89

anCnoc Peter Arkle Limited Edition - Luggage (Travel Retail) 1l

100cl, 46%
Knockdhu

Another winning combination of anCnoc single malt Scotch whisky from Knockdu distillery and artwork from illustrator Peter Arkle, this time originally released for travel retail. The design shows…  More info

anCnoc Peter Arkle Limited Edition - Luggage (Travel Retail) 1l
$55.37

Glengoyne 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 11001) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Glengoyne

An 8 year old Glengoyne single malt Scotch whisky from the Highland region, bottled by Douglas Laing for The Clan Denny series. This single malt matured in a refill butt from 2007 to 2015, and has…  More info

Glengoyne 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 11001) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
$37.99

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)
$67.60

Glen Garioch 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 776) (Adelphi)

70cl, 59.60%
Glen Garioch

An independent bottling of Glen Garioch from Adelphi - the outturn was 562 delicious bottles!  More info

Glen Garioch 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 776) (Adelphi)
$154.81

Fettercairn 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 10314) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Fettercairn

Part of Hunter Laing's famous Old Malt Cask range, this 18 year old single cask Fettercairn single malt is certainly a handsome addition to the range. It was distilled by Fettercairn in the Highlands…  More info

Fettercairn 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 10314) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$91.89

anCnoc Barrow

100cl, 46%
Knockdhu

Unveiled in the first half of 2015, anCnoc Barrow was originally released for the travel retail market. Another addition to their anCnoc Peaty Collection, Barrow weighs in at 13.5 pmm, and has been…  More info

anCnoc Barrow
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$74.02

Speyburn 25 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Speyburn

This is a newly released, repackaged Speyburn 25 year old, now at the higher bottling strength of 46% abv - the result is more character and flavour.  More info

Speyburn 25 Year Old
$232.00

Invergordon 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 105) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)

70cl, 59.10%
Invergordon

An independently bottled 18 year old Invergordon single grain Scotch whisky, presented at cask strength as part of the Pearls of Scotland range. This made its way into the cask in April 1997 and was…  More info

Invergordon 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 105) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)
$72.88

Auchroisk 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 11238) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Auchroisk

Ooh, looks like Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask range has had a bit of a redesign! This handsome dram is a 21 year old Auchroisk, matured in a single hogshead cask for 21 years, from January 1994 to…  More info

Auchroisk 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 11238) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$93.89

Tomatin 1996 (bottled 2013) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Tomatin

Tomatin single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of the Connoisseurs Choice range from Gordon & MacPhail. It was matured in first-fill bourbon barrels from 1996 to 2013, and then independently…  More info

Tomatin 1996 (bottled 2013) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$83.54

Glengoyne 35 Year Old In Decanter

70cl, 46.80%
Glengoyne

A limited edition bottling of Glengoyne single malt, which was distilled in the 1970s! It was matured for 35 years in Sherry casks, giving it some classic dark-chocolate-and-raisin Sherried notes.…  More info

Glengoyne 35 Year Old In Decanter
$2860.13

Auchroisk 13 Year Old 1998 (cask 13423) - (Boisdale Collection)

70cl, 46%
Auchroisk

This Auchroisk was bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd for Boisdale, the premier Scottish chain of restaurants and bars in London.  More info

Auchroisk 13 Year Old 1998 (cask 13423) - (Boisdale Collection)
$70.58

Auchroisk 12 Year Old 2002 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Auchroisk

A Hepburn's Choice bottling of 12 year old Auchroisk single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead from 2002 until 2014. It was bottled with an outturn of 407 bottles, all filled…  More info

Auchroisk 12 Year Old 2002 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$58.19

Auchroisk 1999 - Managers Choice

70cl, 60.60%
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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$220.02

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