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The Highlands is a very large area making it imprecise to make overriding statements with regards to the stylistic merits of the whisky produced therein. To make classification easier and more accurate, it’s standard practice to divide the region by the points on the compass. It’s worth noting that Speyside and Campbeltown are geographically located in the Highlands but are considered to be separate entities for the purpose of whisky categorisation. Also, the Islands are technically part of the Highlands but we have decided to detail them in their own section.


The Southern Highlands are home to Scotland’s smallest distillery called Edradour. The majority of the distilleries in this area sit in the glens formed by the river Tay. Other distilleries to be found in this area are Dalwhinnie, Aberfeldy and Glenturret. Generally speaking, the style of these whiskies is predominantly dry with a lighter body and fruity qualities.


The Eastern Highland malts are defined by a distinct lack of smoke on the palate apart from the offerings of Glen Garioch. Being in the immediate vicinity of the Speyside region often results in confusion as the style of whisky can certainly be considered similar, especially with drams produced by Macduff, Ardmore, and Knockdhu who reside in the farmland bordering Speyside. These whiskies are smooth and dry with a generally fruity and slightly sweet demeanour.


Whisky from the Western Highlands is strong and robust in nature with heavy peat influences. Unfortunately there are only two operating distilleries left on the mainland. Ben Nevis sits in the footprint of Britain’s largest mountain and used to be a major player but is less influencial now. The Oban distillery is located near a major port and its single malt has a certain salinity to it because of this. There is of course Springbank and Glen Scotia, but these are located in Campbeltown which is categorised as its own whisky region.


The distilleries of the Northern Highlands are all located on the coast with the exception of Geln Ord which is still only a stones throw away from the sea. Northern whiskies are generally complex and full bodied with a distinctive maritime nature. They are the epitome of the big, smoky and often peated Scotch that Scotland is so famous for. Glen Morangie is one the most popular and best selling whiskies, having invented the wood finishing method that has been adopted by many other whisky producers. There is also Old Pulteney, the most northerly of all the distilleries and Clynelish whose whisky is one a key ingredient in the famous Johnny Walker. Incidentally, Clynelish is situated next to the old Brora distillery which closed some 30 years ago and is highly collectable.

  • Royal Lochnagar 12 years old 40% 70cl
    The Royal Lochnagar Highland Malt whisky is located close to the Royal Castle of Balmoral. The distillery was established in 1845. It was soon visited by an approving Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and shortly after this became Royal Lochnagar.
    It has a lovely sweet perfumed nose with toffee and subtle wood notes. The palate is balanced with a dry finish, smooth and fruity with sandlawood.
    £40.99
  • Dalmore 15 years old 70cl
    Good attack on the mouth, more elegance than muscle.The aged Matusalem, Apostoles & Amoroso Oloroso butts smooth its rich, fleshy body with great harmony.Almost a concentrated citric mouth-feel captivates and tantalises the middle part of your tongue. Thanks to the great influence of the finest sherry wood three styles no less we have produced a single malt of unsurpassed quality. An aftertaste of great abundance rewards the palate.Truly a Highland malt of great distinction.
    £58.99
  • Tomatin 18 years old 46% 70cl
    This world class malt has been aged for a minimum of 18 years and married for a period in distinctive Spanish Oloroso sherry casks to produce an exquisite whisky. This non chill filtered whisky is packed full of flavour and has a velvety smooth mouth feel.

    Aroma - Delicious sweet sherry bursts up you, and plateaus with undertones of fresh apples, cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup and a hint of smoky heather.

    Palate Sweet and honeyed at first, with an oaky edge. Develops in the mouth with a bite of citrus and a hint of dark chocolate.

    Finish The finish is long and lingering, with warming alcohol and smooth rich sherry, and it all keeps the mouth alive for several moments after. A world class single highland malt.

    Casks Initial maturation in re fill American oak casks, married in Oloroso sherry butts prior to bottling.

    What a well-mannered malt. As if it grew up in a loving, caring family and behaves itself impeccably from first nose to its last whimpering finale
    88/100 Jim Murrays Whisky Bible 2009.
    £74.99
  • Glenlochy 1952 49 years old Old Malt Cask 43% 70cl
    Douglad Laing Bottling of Glenlochy. An extremley rare bottling from 1952, bottled May 2001 at 43% vol.
    1 of 311 bottles
    £2,350.00
  • Glenmorangie Culloden Bottle 1971 43% 70cl
    The Glenmorangie Culloden Bottle 1971 is a special limited edition produced to mark the 250th anniversary of the Battle of Culloden. It is presented in a replica bottle of a rare spirits flask once belonging to Duncan Forbes of Culloden. Limited to 2500 bottles only.
    £1,250.00
  • Caledonia Edradour 12 years old 46% 70cl
    The Caledonia Edradour single malt has been named after the song Caledonia written by Dougie Maclean written in 1977 on a beach in Brittany. He selected a single cask of 1997 Edradour matured in oloroso sherry cask. The colour is a gorgeous deep mahogany.
    £50.99
  • Glenmorangie Signet 46% 70cl
    SIGNET IS A GROUND-BREAKING INNOVATION DELIVERING A VELVET EXPLOSION OF TASTE THE CULMINATION OF A LIFESTIMES EXPERIENCE, SIGNET IS A FUSION OF UNIQUE ELEMENTS, WHOSE SECRETS ARE KNOWN ONLY TO OUR WHISKY CREATORS:GLENMORANGIES RAREST AND MOST ANCIENT WHISKIES EXCLUSIVE INCREDIENTS, INCLUDING HIGH ROASTED CHOCOLATE MALTMATURED IN VERY RARE CASKS, INCLUDING VIRGIN CASKS DESIGNED EXCLUSIVELY FOR GLENMORANGIE
    Colour
    :Deepest amber

    Nose:
    Dinner in a dark, elegant panelled dining room, where a fire in the hearth illuminates the darkness, creating intriguing shadows and silhouettes. The dessert course is delivered to the table with a flourish as a waiter offers strong Aruba espressos or fresh mint tea to the diners. A chocolate torte, dusted with cocoa releases its aroma into the warm air to fuse with the steaming coffee and mint, layer after layer Signet reveals even more depth. Next, a dark, treacly plum pudding appears on the table, rich with sherry, candied orange peel and warming spices of ginger and cinnamon, bathed in a golden butterscotch sauce. Lastly, a dish of chocolate dipped dried fruits, dates and crisp cherries are placed on the snowy cloth

    Taste:
    The contrast of melting rich sweetness with an explosive crackle of sizzling spices and bitter mocha is dark and delicious; a velvet explosion. The voluptuousness of baked apricots followed by the tang of orange peel. Add water and your senses are enveloped with cinnamon coupled with coffee beans, walnut oil and the maltiness of digestive biscuits. Poured over ice, the bitter-sweet flavour is enriched with nuts, raisins and warm ginger

    Finish:
    A fresh spring like breeziness of mint and a bright lemony green quality
    £140.99
  • Glenmorangie 18 years Old 43% 70cl
    Honey and caramel sweetness with some peppery oak and deep citrus notes. The rich finish has a hint of raisins and walnuts. This rare expression of Glenmorangie is an attractive deep gold colour.
    It is distinctive from the Ten Years Old - although the floral bouquet and citrus notes are still present - and avoids the heavy 'darkness' of other aged malts. It spends a final period of maturation in Sherry wood, which lends a round richness.
    £85.35
  • The Glendronach 18 years old Allardice 46% 70cl
    The famous GlenDronach 18 year old, now renamed Allardice, is the third expression in the GlenDronach core range. This exceptional single sherried malt is non chill filtered and of natural colour. Matured in the finest Spanish Oloroso sherry casks and bottled at 46%, this sublime richly sherried malt is truly unforgettable..

    Appearance
    Bright deep gold with a tawny centre.

    Nose
    Sweet aromatics of fudge and muscovado sugar. Fruit compote and glacier morello cherries provide added complexity.

    Palate
    Rich dark and seductive. Remarkable flavours of stewed fruits and all-spice marry together with classical aged Oloroso and toasted walnut bread and chocolate orange.

    Conclusions
    Tremendously complex and long
    £76.99
  • Glen Garioch 1797 Founders Reserve 48% 70cl
    Crafted by John & Alexander Manson since 1797, this selection of Non Chill-Filtered Glen Garioch illustrates the distinct house character- honey sweetness, hints of heather and just a touch of spice.

    The launch of the Founder's Reserve celebrates the distillery's long standing tradition of craftsmanship to produce the finest Highland single malts - taking the skills and experience cultured over the last 200 years to produce an outstanding whisky.

    Nose - Sweet vanilla and butterscotch show the influence of North American Oak with fruitier green apple and grapefruit coming through at the rear.

    Palate - At first the palate is sweet with hints of buttercream and vanilla. As this begins to ebb, the fruitiness of the green apple skin and citrus cleanliness leaves the palate refreshed
    £36.99
  • Tullibardine Sovereign 43% 70cl
    New bottling from the Tullibardine Distillery. Soverign is their entry level malt being matured in Bourbon casks. The whisky has lovely balance, sweet nose with pear drops and barley. The palate is elegant and complex with chocolate notes and a sweet finish.
    £36.50
  • Tullibardine 500 Sherry Cask 43% 70cl
    Tullibardine 500 sherry cask refers to the size of the cask used, in this case a sherry butt which holds 500 litres. The whisky was matured in ex bourbon casks then finish in sherry butts. This gives it a lovely dark rich brown colour, with hints of toffee and apples with ceral notes. On the palate is is rich with vanilla and toffee abound with dates and spice.
    £39.99
  • Tomatin Legacy Single Malt 43% 70cl
    This Tomatin Legacy is a new entry level Malt which has been matured in a combination of new American oak and Bourbon wood. This combination gives the whisky a lovely sweetness with creamy notes and a touch of spice on the finish. Great value
    £28.99
  • Glencadam 10 years old 46% 70cl
    Glencadam 10 years old received a very high award from 'Jim Murray in his Whisky Bible 2012' - 95/100, His Says' Crystal clarity to the sharp, ultra fresh barley; the intensity of the malt carries its own impressive weight and the citrus note compliments rather than thins'

    Immediately zingy and eye-wateringly salivating with a fabulous layering of sweet barley.
    Sophisticated, sensual, salivating and seemingly serene this malt just bristles with character and about as puckeringly elegant as single malt gets.
    Lively, intense. Grassy freshness and citrus tones with hints of spicy oak.
    Palate: Rounded elegance. Clean, crisp citrus tones. A pleasing harmony between a natural sweetness and the soft spicy oak.
    Finish: Long and soothing. Rich, clean barley and gristy sweetness.
    £37.99
  • Glen Garioch 12 years old 48% 70cl
    At Glen Garioch we take the maturation process very seriously. The quality of our casks is an essential ingredient in our recipe for producing only the finest of single malt whisky.

    The Glen Garioch 12 Years Old gains its distinctive Highland character from maturation in two wood groups: American Bourbon, and Spanish Sherry casks. Each stage of the marriage adds distinct characteristics to the final single malt. Bourbon to soften and Sherry to add depth of flavour fresh heather, poached pears and just a hint of oak.

    Nose - Heathery floral notes are balanced with the richness of poached pears and the sweetness of malted barley.

    Palate - Crme brulee and sweet ripe banana at first then comes a light oakiness with pear fruitiness.
    £45.99
  • The Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve 44% 70cl
    The Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve benefits from a judicious selection of 10 - 15 year old stocks drawn from casks of three types: American white oak ex-bourbon casks, 30 year old Matusalem oloroso sherry casks from Gonazlez Byass and premier cru Cabernet Sauvignon wine barriques.

    Bottled at 44% alcohol by volume, the body, structure and character of this extraordinary expression is the perfect complement to a fine cigar.
    £80.99
  • Tullibardine 225 Sauternes Finish 43% 70cl
    A new bottling from the Tullibardine Distillery in new pacakaging, this one has been matured in ex bourbon barrels then finish in barriques which previously held Chateau Suduirat, a Premier Cru Classe Sauternes. The 225 label refers to the size of the barriques uses, in this cases 225 litre ones.
    Producer tasting Notes: A wonderful golden whisky with interesting citrus flavours, cereal notes and vanilla; there is a touch of pineapple and orange peeel on the finish which is medium to long
    £39.99
  • Glen Garioch Virgin Oak 48% 70cl
    This new Glen Garioch single malt has been matured in New Vigin charred oak casks from America. Traditionally only ex-bourbon or sherry casks were used by the whisky industry, but experimenting with different cask maturations has canged these thoughts. The casks give an intensity of flavour which you would not get from traditonal casks. Big rich buttery notes with chocolate and spice,marmalade and syrup with a long finish and a burst of ginger.
    £66.99
  • Tomatin Cu Bocan 46% 70cl
    Tomatin's new whisky adds another dimension to this Highland malt normal style. This single malt uses lightly peated malted barley which gives a smoky edge to the fruity palate.The finishing is spicy with sweet smoke.
    Named after a ghostly Hound from hell that stalked the moors around Tomatin, with only rare sightings that terrified those that laid wittness to them.
    £39.99
  • Brora 1977 35 years old Special Release 2013 49.9% 70cl
    A limited edition, natural cask strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky from a closed coastal distillery at Brora. This is the twelfth in the series from this distillery, matured in refill American Oak and European Oak casks over 35 years old filled in 1977. Only 2944 individually numbered bottles worldwide
    £1,500.00
  • Tormore 1995 Cask Strength The Pearls of Scotland 47.6% 70cl
    Tormore single cask Speyside malt distilled in the Summer of 1995 and bottled Summer 2013, so it is an 18 year old whisky. 1 of only 294.
    £69.99
  • Macduff 1997 Cask Strength The Pearls of Scotland 54.4% 70cl
    Macduff singel Highland malt bottled from a single cask that realised only 300 bottles. Distilled in the Autumn of 1997 and bottled Autumn 2013, so it's a 16 years old with a cask strength bottling of 54.4% ABV. Under the Pearls of Scotland Rare Cask Selection range.
    £66.65
  • Cardhu 21 years old 1991 Special release 2013 54.2% 70cl
    A limited edition, natural cask strength single malt, from the renowned Cardhu distillery on Speyside. This is the second release from Cardhu in the Special release series. Matured in ex-bourbon American Oak casks filled in 1991.Fewer than 6,000 individually numbered bottles worldwide.
    Appearance: Old gold; richer amber depths. Good beading.
    Nose: Mild and at first quite shy. An early creamy, fruity note of vanilla and boiled sweets (bubble gum!) is faintly underscored by a rich, floral perfume with a cleansing edge. The creamy fruitiness persists as dried figs, rum-and-raisin ice cream, red apple skins and beeswax. Later a malty, biscuity base layer is revealed, as the cleansing edge becomes a sharply defined top layer. Overall, its a richer vanilla custard and fruit trifle creaminess that emerges. Water opens things out, raising both fruit and floral scents slightly, the boiled sweets now mandarin-flavoured.
    Body: Fine and light.
    Palate: At natural strength, smooth and savoury, with light acidity. Clean, refined, pleasantly drying and delicate. Then wonderfully aromatic with notes of black cherry; growing spicy, warming and elegant, with nutty, dark chocolate offset by buttery shortbread. Its even softer with a drop of water. Now the taste starts cooler and sweeter; still savoury (mint on a fresh fruit salad) but also newly spicy across the tongue.
    Finish: Long, aromatic and warming; smooth vanilla balanced by juicy tangerine and faint orange oil with spicy cedar, late silky-smooth dryness and a wisp of smoke.

    £169.00
  • Glengoyne Cask Strength Batch No.4 58.8% 70cl
    The un-peated malt from Highland distiller Glengoyne, in Cask Strength form. Flavours of Banana and digestive biscuits with hints of pepper are the distilleries tasting notes. Made using Scotland's slowest still, to provide the gentlest of journeys before aging in the finest casks.
    £54.99
  • Glengoyne 15 years old 43% 70cl
    Glengoyne is made using the slowest still in Scotland, from unpeated barley to unlock the complex and subtle flavours. This 15 year old expression is complex sweet and rounded with a spicy oak finish. Aged in a combination of bourbon and sherry casks.
    £50.99
  • Glen Garioch 1998 Wine Cask Matured 48% 70cl
    New bottling from Highland distiller Glen Garioch. This small batch bottling has been matured in Bordeaux wine casks since 1998. The result is a complex whisky which is rich with autumn fruits such as brambles, blueberries and plums with warm spices, with ginger and marmalade and a honeyed sweetness evolving to chocolate and spice.
    £92.50
  • Glenglassaugh Torfa 50% 70cl
    Torfa is the name of the new Peated whisky from Glanglassaugh, The name is Norse for Peat. Reopened in 2008 after two decades being silent, this highland whisky has a nose of campfire, sea air and citrus spice. The palate is robust with smoke and candied peel, with spice hints of honey and tobacco smoke. The finish is peaty with spiced fruit.
    £44.99
  • Glentauchers 1996 43% 70cl
    Glentauchers which was founded in 1898, by the founders of Buchanans Blend and Black and white blended whisky. The style is sweet with pear and cinnamon and touches of cardamom. The palate is spicy with sweet summer berries and a creamy milk chocolate edge.
    £61.50
  • Glen Mhor 30 years old 1982 Old Malt Cask 50% 70cl
    Glen Mhor closed in 1983, so bottlings are becoming increasingly more rare. This 1982 bottling from Douglas Laing under their Old Malt Cask bottling was bottled October 2012 at 30 years of age at 50% vol. 1 of 228 bottles form a single refilled hogshead.
    Ref: DL 9183
    £340.00
  • Ben Nevis 1991 23 years old The Un-chillfiltered Collection 46% 70cl
    Lovley sherry cask bottling of Highland Malt Ben Nevis. Distilled 16.08.1991 and bottled 26.08.2014 at 23 years old age. 1 of 803 bottles from cask no. 2911 in a sherry butt.
    £77.89
  • Glenlochy 1980 32 years old Signatory Vintage 60.1% 70cl
    Rare bottling of closed distillery Glenlochy distilled in 1980 and bottled 2012 at 32 years old aged. 1 of only 499 bottles from cask no. 1759.
    £699.00
  • The Ardmore Legacy 40% 70cl
    Ardmore Legacy is a lightly peated Highland Malt which was mainly used in the blneded whisky Teachers until recent times. This single malt is light and silky with peat and vanilla, with sweet honey and spice.
    £26.99
  • Glenmorangie Tusail Private Edition 46% 70cl
    This is thye sixth release in the Private Edition range from Glenmorangie. Tusail which means 'Originary' is made using floor malted Maris Otter Barley, a winter Barley which was very popular in the 60s, but has since been over taken by higher yielding strains. Maris otter was prized for its rich malted character and has produced a malt which is rich ad rustic with nutty toffee, sweet barley, ginger, cinnamon and molasses with orange and smokes pears.
    £78.95
  • Cu Bocan Virigin Oak Limited Edition 46% 70cl
    The second release in the trilogy of Cu Bocan whiskies which show cases the influence that the casks have on Cu Bocan is Virgin oak.Three types of casks are used in the making this whisky, sherry, Virgin oak and Bourbon.
    Only 6000 bottles was produced which shows lovely citrus zest with warm vanilla flavours and tropical fruits on the nose. The palate is warm with vanilla icecream, baked apples and cinnamon spice with a waft of peat smoke.

    £49.99
  • Tomatin Cask Strength Edition 57.5% 70cl
    This is the first time s cask strength Tomatin has been added to the range. Batch no. 1 has been matured in a combination of Bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks and is a limited release of 15000 bottles worldwide. On the nose there is citrus fruits with sweet syrup and gingerbread biscuits. The palate has marzipan, dark sugar with malt loaf, vanilla and tobacco notes. Finishing drier with spiciness.
    £47.99
  • Glencadam 1991 Connoisseurs Choice 46% 70cl
    Glencadam has been in production since 1825 and extensively modernised in the 1960's with most of the production going into Ballantines and cream of Barely blended whisky. It has now found favour as a single malt with many awards following. This expression has been matured in first fill bourbon barrels which gives the malt a lovely vanilla flavour of marzipan and trpoical fruits. The palate has sweet toffee with citrus fruits, orange marmalade and a touch of pepper.
    £127.00
  • Glenfarclas 12 years old 43%
    Excellent sherry casked whisky from Glenfarclas with lots of fruitcake and spicy rounded and full bodied. Originally only available on the export market this has won many awards around the world including Best Sherried Whisky at the Single Malt World cup in 2006.
    £37.99
  • Glenfarclas 12 years old 43% 35cl
    Excellent sherried casked whisky from Highland Distillery Glenfarclas. Typical grassy aromas on the nose with sherrynotes. The palate is smooth with sherried fruit cake and spice , long and flavoursome finish.
    £18.99
  • The Glendronach 8 years old The Hielan 46% 70cl
    The Hielan from Glendronach Distillery has been aged for 8 years in a combination of Bourbon and sherry casks. The result is a malt with warm spices, sherried fruit, gingerbread wrapped up in butterscotch and toasted almonds. The finish is classic sherry with a contrasting crisp finish.
    £33.79
  • Clynelish 1993 Montgomeries Rare Select 46% 70cl
    Distilled in 1993 at the Clynelish Distillery this is 1 of 231 bottles from a single cask. Bottled in January 2015 from cask no.7559
    £118.77
  • Old Pulteney 12 years old 40% 70cl
    Old Pulteney is the most Northerly Distillery on mainland Scotland, its flavours is influence by its proximity to the sea. in Nose: Medium to high intensity, dry with a hint of sea air. Colour: Deep amber with a slight pink hue. Taste: Dry, medium bodied and smooth with
    a clean finish: faintly salty with a slight sherry note.
    £32.99
  • Glencadam 17 years old Triple Cask Portwood Finish 46% 70cl
    A limited Edition bottling of only 1128 bottles, this triple cask aged malt has been aged in bourbon casks before being transfered over to three special selected Port Casks for a finishing period. The result has a lovely rose colour with aromas of sweet malt, plum and soft vanilla. The taste is rich with plums, prunesa and summer fruits wrapped up in a vanilla and toffee overcoat. Porty sweetness with spice on the finish.

    Awarded the Highest merit with Master at the Scotch Whisky Masters 2015.
    £82.99
  • Tomatin 12 years old 40% 70cl
    Elegant and airy, with a big smooth texture, the 12 year old Tomatin is classic single Highland malt. A true delight for discerning whisky drinkers, Tomatin is carefully matured in traditional oak barrels to produce the lightly peated, delicate flavour which charms connoisseurs.
    £35.99
  • Blair Athol 12 years old 43% 70cl
    A lovely Highland whisky which is part of Diageo's Flora and Fauna Range of single malts. Blair Athol has lovely sherry notes combined with rich fruit and spicy oak flavours to produce a rich, but balanced malt.
    £47.99
  • Glenmorangie Original 10 years old 40% 70cl
    Elegant swan necked stills, the tallest in Scotland, produce Glenmorangie whisky which is coaxed into perfect maturation through the use of oak bourbon casks, settled in traditional stone - built, earth - floored warehouses. After ten years of relaxation in the gentle Highland climate, the whisky reaches a perfect harmony of sweetness and complexity that is the signature of Glenmorangie Original Malt Whisky: Velvet textured with delicate, honeyed overtones and a burst of citrus softening into vanilla and almonds
    £38.99
  • Glengoyne 21 years old 70cl
    Another four years in the cask sees Glengoyne 21 Years Old achieve the optimum balance of flavours and the maximum benefits from the wood.

    Tasting Notes
    Appearance: Old gold with good legs
    Nose: Red apples, toffee, vanilla, sherry and sweet hay
    Mouthfeel: Soft, cotton candy
    Taste: Honey and sherry, with a developing aromatic sensation. Ends with a heavenly gingery nip.
    Finish: Medium to long slightly spicy finish
    Comments: If you haven't tried this for a while it is worth re-visiting. Multi award winning of late. A great drop.
    £121.50
  • Edradour 10 years old 40% 70cl
    Edradour 10 years old single malt is produced at Scotlands smallest distillery where only three men work. Golden in the glass, with a delicious aroma of sugared almonds and a hint of oloroso. The smooth, creamy, light malty taste is followed by a mellow, warming finish.
    £40.99
  • Loch Lomond Original 40% 70cl
    Loch Lomond Single malt has been made at the distillery in Loch Lomond for the last 180 years and aged to perfection on the bankc of the lochs.
    £25.99
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