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 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.
A 20cl bottle of Tomatin's Cù Bòcan – named after a mythical hellhound who has stalked the residents of the village of Tomatin for centuries. As a 'tribute' to him, Tomatin have produced this lightly peated whisky, which has been matured in a combination of ex bourbon, ex sherry and virgin oak casks.
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 bottling of Tomatin released to celebrate the effect that the distillery has had on the local community of the eponymous town, hence the name - Legacy. In 1897 it was an isolated and quiet place and the village grew to become a town due to the influx of workers and building done to support the distillery. A tasty dram that shows off the distillery's character.
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.
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.
This lip-smacking 12yo AnCnoc (formerly Knockdhu) is a top-quality proponent of the non-sherried Speyside style, showing polished malt and a delicious spiciness throughout a warm, complex palate and lasting finish.
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.
A polished, mellow, very approachable Speysider, Tomatin was once the largest distillery in Scotland with 23 stills and a production capacity of 12 million litres of alcohol per year. These days capacity is down to 5 million litres, the majority of which goes into the delicious Antiquary blend.