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

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 finish with overtones of 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
Aberlour Casg Annamh Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
94 points
$64.99
Dark amber color. Aromas of roasted peanuts, molasses cookies, coconut, caramel, and dark chocolate with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long lemon-rosemary, orange marmalade on scones, cherry cordial, malted milk balls, lilac, and violet finish. A brooding nose leads to a delightfully energetic palate that will delight the thoughtful Whisky drinker.
94 points $64.99
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.
Highland Harvest Single Malt Scotch Whisky
93 points
$77.75
Pale light gold color. Spicy aromas of black pepper, parsley, and cardamom with a satiny, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, intricate, long honeydew melon and smoked orange blossom honey finish. A fascinating, piquant single malt that offers intense notes of herbs and spices with laser precision.
93 points $77.75
Old Pulteney 15 Year Old North Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
92 points
$95
Dark gold color. Aromas and flavors of golden biscuit with honey, white peach, salted pretzel, and watermelon rind with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long finish revealing notes of ginger tea, lemongrass, marmalade, star anise, and shortbread. A lengthy and uplifting aperitif-style Whisky that will make stupendous highballs; a lively and joyous palate.
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.
The Dalmore Portwood Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky
92 points
$99.99
Brilliant dark amber color. Grainy aromas of toasted grain in a burlap sack, saddle soap and leather soap, rye flour with dark honey, and clay riverbank with a supple, dryish medium body and a peppery, delightful, long spiced dried stone fruits, chocolate raisin cake with chestnut honey, cedar, and smoked peppercorn finish. A dark and roasted grainy malt with a round, masculine style.
92 points $99.99
Oban Little Bay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
91 points
$60
Golden amber color. Aromas of clover honey, heather, buttered biscuit, orange blossom, coriander, and peaches in syrup with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, subtle, medium-length honey butter on parker rolls and fleur de sel finish. A delicious and mild Highland single malt with graceful fruits and classic style.
Aberlour 12 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
90 points
$54.99
Amber color. Aromas of sweet pineapple, golden honey, ripe cherry, white pepper, tea with cream, and ginger with a silky, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-long marigold, dried herbs, toasted coconut doughnut, candied almonds, and cinnamon toast finish. A rich, slightly sherried Highland Single Malt that satisfies.
90 points $54.99
Dalwhinne 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
90 points
$65
Bright light gold color. Aromas of apple blossom, honeydew melon, lemongrass, iced green tea, and orgeat with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, compelling, long parker rolls and cherry stone finish. A bright and nectar-like Highland Single Malt in a crowd-pleasing style.