The Scottish Highlands are home to various distilleries making disparate styles of single malt. From the maritime malts of Oban and Pulteney to the light, citrussy Glernmorangie and the dry complexity of Glen Ord, there's something for everyone here. Read More »
A quarter bottle of Dalwhinnie 15yo, the Highland representative in Diageo's Classic Malts series. Dalwhinnie 15yo is a good introduction to the delights of single malt whisky - elegant, smooth and medium-bodied with a light, fruity palate and a whiff of heather on the finish.
A quarter-bottle of the splendid Clynelish 14yo. Complex and spicy, this is perfect for hip flasks during long walks in cold weather. If you've never tried the malt from this brilliant distillery, now's the time to take the plunge.
A 20cl bottle of 15 year old Glengoyne. Famously the only distillery where the malt is produced in the Highlands but matured in the Lowlands, with the road splitting the two being the boundary. This has notes of vanilla and spice and is complex, sweet and rounded.
The Loch Lomond distillery was built in 1965 (presumably Captain Haddock had access to a time machine), and produces all kinds of single malt, grain and blended whiskies on its potstills, Coffey stills and Lomond stills. This Loch Lomond single malt is the least peated product from the distillery, with little or no smoky notes discernible.
A 20cl bottle of 18 year old Glengoyne. The distillery claims to have the slowest distillation in Scotland. This bottling has notes of vanilla and apples with a luxurious richness due in part to its high proportion of first-fill sherry casks.
A gift pack containing a bottle of Glenmorangie's 10 year old with a miniature of Quinta Ruban. The 'original' sets a high standard for Highland whisky, and has gone from strength to strength since its slightly controversial packaging redesign a few years ago. Medium-bodied and gently warming, with pleasant spicy notes.
An official bottling of 10yo single malt from the Macduff distillery. Previous bottlings of Glen Deveron have been vintage releases - perhaps the dropping of the vintage statement indicates that bigger batches are being created, which might suggest that demand for this neglected malt is going up.
A top-quality packaging update (farewell, stags!) for this Founders Reserve Glen Garioch which has been bottled at 48% and priced very sensibly. A very welcome return to form for a distillery with enormous potential.
Glengoyne is one of the only Scottish whiskies to be distilled from unpeated malt - the malt is allowed to dry naturally before fermentation and distillation begin, resulting in an elegant, medium-bodied style.
The new Glencadam 10yo, released at the end of 2008 by (relatively) new owners Angus Dundee. This is styled as 'The Rather Delicate Highland Malt'. Unchilfiltered, with no colouring and bottled at 46% - this is what we like to see.