About Highland Single Malt Scotch

Serve in a Scotch Whisky Glass
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
210939
GLENDRONACH
"Revival" 15 Year Old Single Malt Whisky
Brilliant amber color. Bright, attractive aromas of dark roasted nuts, cocoa, and smoldering pipe tobacco with a chewy, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, very long toasty honeyed granola, toffee, rich spices, and smoked pepper and minerals finish. A superlative, seemingly endless Highland single malt with great flavor, personality, and poise.
96 points $89.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220784
The Macallan
Double Cask 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216420
The Dalmore
15 Year Old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210785
Aberfeldy
21 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bright gold color. Bright, waxy aromas of honeycomb, dark caramel, raisin toast, and leather with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length nuts, honeyed dried fruits, floral earth, and cedar finish. A nicely nuanced and layered Highland single malt.
95 points $133.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206414
Ballechin
#8 Sauternes Cask Matured Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Golden amber color. Smoky aromas and flavors of melted toffee, grilled fruits, honeycomb, and mellow fireside embers with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and chewy creme brulee, peppery spice, and smoky peat ash finish. A superb combination of fruit, spice, and smoke. Delicious.
95 points $109.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216421
The Dalmore
18 Year Old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210836
Balblair
"1999" 15 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bright golden amber color. Bright, toasty aromas of fruit pastry, delicate spice, and orange marmalade on scone with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, honeyed nuts, peaches, flower patch, and cream finish. A delightfully engaging dram.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210747
Mortlach
25 Year Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bright golden amber color. Delicate, inviting aromas of dried apricot and papaya, herbal olive tapenade, peppercorns, and black walnut fudge with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle, medium-long tobacco, peppery spice, almond skin, and honey buttercream finish. A supple, sensual single malt for introspective sipping.
94 points $1000
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206391
Glen Garioch
1994 Vintage Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Brassy yellow color. Rich, complex aromas of toffee, fresh cake, olive, cornichon, orange marmalade, and figs with a chewy, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, spicy finish with notes of nuts, tobacco, earth, and honeycomb. Sweet cream of wheat, dried fruits, and cream brulee notes emerge with water. Sensational.
94 points $109.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216419
The Dalmore
12 Year Old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab