Highland Whiskey

Last month, we spoke about the power of the excellent whisky of Speyside and how it has started to invigorate an already exceptionally diverse industry. As the world’s most recognised location for whiskey, the Scottish Highlands in particular offers a unique insight into what makes whiskey such a prized part of Scottish culture and trade. You can read more here about the Exmoor Malt Corner.

Comfortably the largest of the regions that produce whiskey within Scotland, the Highland distilleries are known for their wide range of flavours and robust tastes that really do leave a thick, lasting taste.

They tend to create drier and heavier whiskies in comparison to many of their competitors, with nutty and peaty notes tending to be the most popular. However, honey and heather are well-recognised backdrop tastes for this region along with some real naval influences such as salty tastes the closer you get to the sea.

For example, the Balblair 16-year is a nutty tasting whiskey that brings a rather unique spice to the drink. Indeed, some note that it almost carries that savoury taste, with something akin to shortbread being the closest taste that resembles this unique, engaging taste.

If you like this kind of taste but would prefer something a bit different, you might wish to try the Balblair 10-year or the Balblair Elements flavours which come from the Highlands. Both have smooth shortbread-style tastes with a little glimpse of salt in the background, creating a unique yet dry tasting whisky that is hard to forget.

Prefer something much spicier and heavier on the palate? Then you should try the Blair Athol 12-year. Created in the same region as the Blair castle, home to the last legal private army in Europe, the nearby distillery creates a stunning blend of dark orange whisky, carrying a deep taste that is almost smoky tasting, with a spiced cake hint in the background. As far as flavours go, this is one of the most diverse around.

Everyone has their own tastes and this is why the Highlands is so loved; it creates something for every taste. From the deeply golden Fettercairn 10-year with a real toffee taste and a bitter aftertaste to the Deanston 12-year which is far paler to look at and more akin to the taste of a sherry, the choices open to you in this part of the Scottish landscape is truly some of the most impressive whiskies that you’ll come across.

A true favourite of the region though, is the Glen Garioch 15-year. It’s got a flowery smokiness to it with a real liquorice hint in the background, creating something that will give even the most affluent of palates something new to try out and enjoy.

Whilst the Highlands is home to many unique blends of whisky, some names stand out more than most. All of those listed above come from the leading distilleries in the region such as Ben Nevis, Campbell, Balblair and Aberlour to ensure you are drinking from the equivalent of Scottish Highland royalty when it comes to the distilleries!

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Written by Peter