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 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.
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.
Stronachie was the name of a Highland distillery active between the 1890s and 1928. The Scottish agents for the whisky, A.D. Rattray, have launched a range using whisky from Benrinnes distillery. This is the 10 year old - sweet and spicy.
An award winning Eastern Highland malt that was almost unknown until it was bought by Bacardi in 1998, Aberfeldy's main claim to fame is as the heart of the excellent Dewar's blend. Clean and polished malt with a touch of honey and spice.
World Whiskies Awards 2014: Best Highland Single Malt 12yo and Under
A favourite of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, being conveniently situated close by Balmoral Castle. Royal Lochnagar was originally a key ingredient in VAT 69, but most production is now for single malts.
A 12 year old whisky bottled under the Inchmurrin label, a lightly peated whisky produced at the Loch Lomond distillery. This is part of the 2013 relaunch of their range, produced to show off the variety of whiskies they make.
A 2004 vintage whisky from Teaninich, bottled as part of the Connoisseurs Choice range by Gordon & Macphail. Thanks to it's popularity as a blending malt we don't see all that much from Teaninich on the market, so it's good to find an ongoing indie release non-chillfiltered and at 46%.
The Glenglassaugh Distillery was mothballed from 1986 until 2008 and this the first whisky to be made from spirit distilled at the distillery since it reopened. It was matured in a mixture of first and refill bourbon casks before a final 6 months finishing in first fill oloroso sherry butts.
The replacement for the old 12yo as the distillery's standard bottling, Glenturret 10yo has a deliciously rich, fruity character. You can see why Famous Grouse is so successful with Glenturret as its backbone.
The peated release of Loch Lomond was launched in 2008 by popular demand. Home to a cooperage, malt distillery and a grain distillery (which produces the best selling Glen's Vodka), Loch Lomond is a multi functioning site. This has notes of soft fruit and is hugely peated.
Clynelish is the successor to the now-silent Brora, built opposite the original distillery and producing a top-quality rich, smoky dram. One of the best entry-level proprietary bottlings available from any distillery.
A 1999 vintage Glenturret from independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail as part of their Macphail's Collection. This was distilled in the same year that current (as of 2014) owners Edrington bought the holding company of the distillery for over £600m. This has notes of cherry and nuts.