About Highland Single Malt Scotch

About Highland Single Malt Scotch
The Highlands consist of the portion of Scotland north of a line from Dundee on the North Sea coast in the east to Greenock on the Irish Sea in the west. Highland malt whiskies cover a broad spectrum of styles. They are generally aromatic, smooth and medium bodied, with palates that range from lushly complex to floral delicacy. The subregions of the Highlands include Speyside; the North, East and West Highlands.

Top Picks for Highland Single Malt Scotch

Old Pulteney Navigator Single Malt Scotch Whisky
96 points
$55
Clear gold color. Elegant, perfumed aromas of pear cobbler, honeysuckle, gardenia, and lychee and yellow cake with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, colossal, endless candied almonds, night-blooming jasmine, white tea and cola syrup, and candied tropical fruits with nutmeg finish. A dream of a whisky that dances into the senses and captivates with her seemingly endless finale.
Awards: 2017 Best Highland Single Malt Scotch
Ballechin 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
95 points
$75
Light golden amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of honeyed rice puff cereal, fine floral soap, smoked creme brulee, and hint of campfire with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, distinctive, very long smoky peat, iodine and gauze, honeyed dried stone fruit, and wet slate finish. A superb peated Highland malt of the highest order.
Awards: 2018 Best Highland Single Malt Scotch
The Macallan Double Cask 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
95 points
$65
Bright golden amber color. Inviting aromas and flavors of cinnamon and red apples, leather furniture, morning forest and maple-walnut, and sourdough and toasty oak with a lightly tannic, crisp, dryish medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long plum fruit leather, menthol lozenge, caramel and chocolate fudge, and ginger-cinnamon candy finish. Big spice and drying leatheriness beacons the imbiber for another sip; a natural cigar pairing.
The Dalmore 15 Year Old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky
95 points
$110
Brilliant dark amber color. Nutty, grainy aromas and flavors of butter sautéed nuts and barley, toasted fig bread, leather, and maple nut fudge with a supple, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a silky, complex, medium-long mocha creme brulee, delicately spiced dried fruits, and smoked tobacco finish. A supple, very refined highland malt with pitch perfect balance.
Oban 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
94 points
$180
Golden amber color. Fruity aromas of lychee, ripe pears, cucumber cordial, candied orange, fruit punch, baking spices, and lemon poppyseed muffin with a satiny, lively, fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, elegant, very long ginger powder, allspice, toasty cookies, and licorice finish. A juicy, springtime Scotch filled with life and joy.
Speyburn Arranta Casks Single Malt Scotch Whisky
94 points
$40
Clear golden amber color. Candied aromas of bubblegum and violet candy, tropical fruit cocktail, candied apple pieces, and sweet granola with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a peppery, very complex, long peardrop, honeycomb and kumquat, breakfast cereal, and walnut and dill weed finish. A very candied whiskey that shines with ultra-bright fruit and floral notes.
Old Pulteney 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
94 points
$50
Brilliant golden amber color. Inviting aromas and flavors of graham cracker, key lime custard, honeycomb and gardenia, and apricot jelly and clementine with a round, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, massive, very long candied figs and dates with saffron and cumin, white chocolate and kaffir lime leaf, galangal and oatmeal cookie, and sweet cigar wrapper and bubblegum taffy and lemon pepper finish. A multifaceted bright and complex whiskey made with finesse and soul.
The Dalmore 18 Year Old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky
94 points
$200
Clear golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, vanilla coated graham crackers, sassafras float, and floral honey on microgreens with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, distinctive, very long chocolate covered apricot, horchata, and delicate spiced toffee finish. A wonderfully layered and long finishing highland single malt.
The Dalmore 12 Year Old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky
93 points
$65
Clear golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts, toasted pine, caramelized stone fruits and orange, and vanilla tapioca with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, toasted grain, honeyed granola, and minerals finish. A delicately balanced, eminently drinkable dram.
Oban 14 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
92 points
$75
Gold color. Elegant aromas of peach glaze, fine Mosel riesling, dried tropical fruit, cucumber-eucalyptus soap, and white pepper with an vibrant, full body and a warming, very complex, long apricot nectar, whole wheat scone, dark chocolate chunks, clotted cream, honey butter, crystalized violets, and anise finish. An intricate journey of enticing fragrances and shape-shifting flavors; a must-try.