The Highlands of Scotland

Scotch Whisky Regions - The Highlands is a big area offering a range of very different Whiskies

The Scotch Whisky Regions of the Highlands stretches from the Clyde to the Tay and is the largest of the areas..

It is the size of this Scotch Whisky Regions that is the reason why this area has the greatest of diversity in style of whisky.

From Glengoyne just North of Glasgow and Oban in the West to Glengarioch in Aberdeen shire and Old Pulteney in Wick, not far from John O’ Groats there are coastal peaty style whiskies, unpeated whiskies, and smooth gentle whiskies.

Generalisations about the drink from this Scotch Whisky Regions is impossible, as its whiskies will range from dry and heathery to sweet and fruity, some even have a touch of smoke partly due to their proximity to the west coast.

Some of the better know distilleries are Glenmorangie, Aberfeldy, Oban, Clynelish, Glen Ord, Royal Lochnagar, Dalwhinnie, Old Fettercairn and Brora.

These malts range from medium to light bodied with heather and some peatiness in Northern Highland whiskies and a sweeter floral flavour in the whiskies further South.

The Distilleries

Loch Lomond

Nestling by the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond this family-owned distillery takes its name and its exquisitely pure water from this most picturesque and celebrated of all Scotland's lochs. Uniquely designed stills enable the distillery to produce a total of eight different single malts. In addition, their new "state of the art" grain stills, the most modern in the land, arguably produce the very best grain whisky in Scotland.

Also produced at the distillery is Scotland's only single blended Scotch Whisky (a single blend must be the product of only one distillery) and Scots Earl, full flavoured with a pungent ruggedness, an uncomplicated, likeable character that should never be underestimated.

Oban

In 1794, when the distillery was established, Oban was a small fighint village. The distillery is one of the few remaining examples of Georgian architectureapplied to the needs of whisky distilling. Oban’s spirit is aged in barrels that have previously held Scotch whisky as opposed to the more usual bourbon casks. Perhaps it’s this fact, allied to the use of two very traditional and elegant stills with slender, swan-like necks that makes Oban’s malt whisky so distinctive. Whisky writer Michael Jackson has described it as tasting like ‘pebbles on the beach’

Springbank (Kintyre)

Campbeltown, on the southern tip of the Kintyre Peninsula, used to be one of Scotland’s most prolific whisky making areas. So much so that Campbeltown whiskies were regarded as being in a class of their own.

Springbank, the only survivor, still maintains the ancient traditions to produce some of the most distinctive malt whiskies in Scotland.

Kilkerran (Glengyle Distillery, Kintyre)

Kilkerran was chosen as the name for Scotland’s newest single malt to be produced at Glengyle Distillery.

Mitchell’s Glengyle Ltd. are very proud to be continuing and adding to the great Campbeltown Distilling tradition and the choice of name reflects that. Kilkerran is derived from the Gaelic ‘Ceann Loch Cille Chiarain' which is the name of the original settlement where Saint Kieran had his religious cell and where Campbeltown now stands.

Production began in March 2004 and the first six casks filled from the very first spirit run have been set aside to be bottled at 10 years old.

Deanston

The ancient town of Doune lies at the very edge of the Highland line. It’s best known for its imposing 14th century castle but is also home to one of Scotland’s most unusual distilleries – Deanston.

Dating back to the late 18th century Deanston is unique in that it was initially built as a cotton mill and not a distillery. It sits on the banks of the River Teith and its pure, exceptionally soft waters are the foundation on which Deanston’s aromatic whisky is built. The stills are also unusual in that they are almost onion-shaped.

As well as producing two fine Single Malts, Deanston is also the home of one of Scotland’s most popular blended whiskies, Scottish Leader, and a delicate, floral whisky liqueur, The Wallace.

Highland Brands

  • Aberfeldy
  • An Cnoc
  • Balblair
  • Ben Nevis
  • Blair Athol
  • Brora
  • Clynelish
  • Dalmore
  • Dalwhinnie
  • Deanston
  • Drumguish Highland scotch whisky
  • Edradour
  • Glen Albyn
  • Glen Garioch
  • Glen Ord
  • Glencoe
  • Glengoyne
  • Glenlochy
  • Glenmorangie
  • Glenturret
  • Glenury
  • Inchmurrin
  • Inverey
  • Loch Lomond
  • Lochside
  • MacLeods
  • North Port
  • Oban Distillers
  • Old Pulteney
  • Royal Brackla
  • Royal Lochnagar
  • SMWS
  • Stronachie
  • Tambowie
  • Teaninich
  • Tomatin
  • Tullibardine

Of all the Scotch Whisky regions, the Highlands over such a range of different distilleries offering a variety of different whisky.

If you are keen on advancing your knowledge of Whisky then this is a great area to visit and my recommendation is to book with the following company. They are of course Scottish and will guide you on getting the most from your visit to Scotland

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