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 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
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 finish with notes of 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.
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 finish imparting accents of 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.
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
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
anCnoc 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
92 points
$55
Bright golden yellow color. Fruity, herbal aromas of yellow peach drizzled with clover honey, eucalyptus and banana nectar, sarsaparilla and clay, and jasmine and sauternes with an oily, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long licorice, vanilla yogurt, white pepper, and miso and purple heather finish. A gentle dram with a spicy kick.