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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.