Highlands Single Malt Whisky

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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    £2,351.00
  • 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
  • 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
  • Glendronach 21 years old Parliament 48% 70cl
    The Glendronach 21 Year Old Parliament has been matured in a combination of the finest Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry casks for a minimum of 21 years, the 'Parliament' continues the great GlenDronach tradition of offering fruit-laden intensity in its single malts. Bottled at 48%, the 'Parliament' is non chill filtered and of natural colour.
    Appearance
    Deep amber with a cherry wood sheen.
    Nose
    A delicate mix of ripe autumnal fruits - notably blackberries and red plums. Rich Oloroso sherry and candied orange segments. Spiced oatmeal biscuits and toasted oak fragrances bring excellent weight and balance.
    Palate
    Resolute flavours of fine Oloroso sherry and bitter chocolate sauce, which has been spread liberally over homemade plum pudding. This is all infused with fabulous spicy notes - cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Full bodied with smooth tannins.
    Conclusions
    Long and lingering.
    £119.50
  • 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.
    £86.99
  • 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 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
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