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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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Glengoyne 10 years old 70cl
    Unlike most other single malts Glengoyne has been preserving the essence of its flavour for decades by using air-dried barley rather than barley dried using harsh peat smoke. The result is a more subtle, complex whisky in which all of the delicate flavours are freely allowed to express themselves.

    Tasting Notes
    Appearance: Golden yellow. Clear and bright
    Nose: Sweet, with toffee and popcorn aromas. Slightly nutty, with fresh green apples coming through
    Mouthfeel: Warming
    Initial Taste: Clean. Green apples and grass with a hint of sweet liquorice
    After Water: Sweeter. Linseed oil and almonds.
    Finish: Sweet and malty
    Comments: Great introduction to Glengoyne range.
    £34.50
  • 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
  • The Glendronach 12 years old 43% 70cl
    This superb richly sherried single malt is matured for at least 12 years in a combination of the finest Spanish Pedro Ximinez and Oloroso sherry casks. Non-chill filtered, of natural colour and bottled at 43%, the GlenDronach 12 year old Original is a sweet, creamy dram.

    Appearance
    Deep amber-red gold.

    Nose
    Sweet, creamy vanilla, with hints of ginger. Spiced mulled wine and pear.

    Palate
    Rich, creamy, silky-smooth. Warm, rich oak and sherry sweetness, full mouth feel, raisins and soft fruits. Spicy with medium length and a dry finish.

    Conclusions
    Long, full and firm, slightly nutty.
    £35.99
  • 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
  • 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
  • Loch Lomond 12 years old 46% 70cl
    Loch Lomond 12 years old has been distilled in their unique Lomond still and swan neck stills and then matured in 3 casks, Bourbon, refill and recharred. This provides a smooth malt with deep fruity character of peach and pear with layered vanilla and a hint of peat smoke.
    £36.99
  • Glengoyne 13 years old 1996 Old Malt Cask 50% 20cl
    This Glengoyne 13 years old single malt whisky is part of Douglas Laing Advanced Cask Samples Range.Bottled in 20cl bottles it allows you to try a smaller size without commiting to a larger bottle or great as a little gift.
    £17.89
  • Old Pulteney 8 years old Gordon & Macpail 40% 70cl
    Old Pulteney Distillery lies on the Southern side of Wick, it is Scotlands most Northerly mainland distillery. At one time Wick was deemed to be such an unruly place that it suffered froma period of prohibition. Ironically, Pulteney
    was still producing its whisky throughout the period of enforced abstinence.
    The whisky was dubbed the Manzilla of the North due to the salty character that has been picked up during the maturation.

    TASTING NOTE
    Colour: Amber.
    WITHOUT WATER
    :Nose: Spicy with sweet aromatic aromas - honey, dry grass and herbal notes.
    Palate: Dry & clean with bracken/gorse elements.

    WITH WATER
    :Nose: Fruity - boiled sweets. Aromatic and spicy.
    Palate: Salty, sea tangle with a woody edge. Fruit flavours slowly develop.
    Body: Medium.
    Finish: Slightly fruity, drying.
    Cask Type(s): Refill Bourbon Barrels.
    Whisky Style: Smooth and aromatic - very easy drinking.
    £22.54
  • Glencadam Origin 1825 40% 70cl
    A new entry level malt from Glencadam, Origin 1825 which has been matured in ex bourbon casks and then a finishing periof in Oloroso sherry butts. It has a creamy nose with malted barley and hints of vanilla and mixed summer fruits. The palate has bananas, pineapple, pears and boiled sweets with soft spice. A floral sweetness on the finish.

    Special introductory price
    £25.99
  • Balblair 1997 Vintage 70cl
    Balblair 1997 is subtly amber in appearance with rose-golden highlights.

    This full-bodied malt is fused with the aromas of pineapple, apricot and lemon to create a long-lasting sweet finish. On the nose, the American oak barrels used in the distillates maturation, produce an inviting, spicy fragrance.

    Hints of oak, spice and raisin combine with the sweetness of vanilla to create a long-lingering, creamy smooth finish on the palate.
    £34.99
  • Glenglassaugh Revival 46% 70cl
    Glenglassaugh has been mothballed for many years but has been refubished and started production a few years ago. The Revival is the first bottling of single malt since it has re-opened. Robust in style, sweet and fruity whilst rounded and creamy, with perfect balancing sherry notes and a slight whiff of sea-air.
    £34.99
  • Inchmurrin 12 years old Loch Lomond Distillery 46% 70cl
    Inchmurrin 12 years old single malt was distilled at the Loch Lomond Distillery but takes its name from the Island within the Loch.The nose is a luscious combination of citrus fruits, spring flowers, and honeysuckle. Layers of lemon, tangerine and pear with ginger and liquorice highlights.
    The perfect introduction for any single malt drinker.
    Finish: light, gentle and very smooth with a faint hint of vanilla and aniseed
    £35.99
  • Teaninich 2006 Connoisseurs Choice 46% 70cl
    This Teaninich was distilled in 1996 and has been matured in a first fill sherry cask, before bottling in 2014. Pronounced Te-an-in-ich the whisky has subtle influences of sherry with apples, toffee and charred oak. The palate is peppery with citrus bursts of lime and lemon with a lingering milk chocolate edge.
    £35.99
  • Ardmore Traditional Cask 46% 70cl
    Tasting Notes for Ardmore Traditional Cask Highland Single Malt
    Colour: Burnished Gold Nose At bottle strength the influence of the two styles of maturation casks compliment each other producing a full bodied smooth aroma. The maturity that shows through comes from the America barrels and the spicy creamy nose from the old style smaller casks. A touch of water allows the full complexity of the Highland Peated Malt to appear. The rich softness linked with smooth, slightly dry aroma is combined with just enough earthy peat smoke to avoid being overpowering.

    Palate: At bottle strength the full rich flavours burst and fill the mouth with a creamy peat tang and a touch of vanillas soft gentleness. If a touch of water is added then the flavours increase with the addition of a sweet ripe fruit start followed by the tang of peat.

    Nose: Full, succulent and quite long. The full bodied smoothness can be best appreciated at bottling strength but with a touch of water the full complexity can be recognized
    £36.99
  • Inchmurrin 12 years old Island Collection 46% 70cl
    Inchmurrin was named after the largest island in the Loch Lomond and is made at the Loch Lomond distillery. The style of this 12 years old is soft and rounded with floral notes of peach blossom, pear and barley. Aged in three different casks, bourbon, refill and re-charred it shows wonderful woody characteristics on the palate.
    £36.99
  • The Glendronach Peated 46% 70cl
    Following the trend for Highland distilleries to released peated versions of their Malts, Glendronach has released its first ever peated whisky which has been matured firstly in Bourbon wood then a finishing period in Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso sherry casks. Spicy on the nose with wood smoke, barley and vanilla. The palate is floral with honey and barley sugar. Subtle peat notes becoming drier on the finish with gentle embers of smoke. Phenol level of 25 ppm.
    £37.50
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