Highland

Whiskies from the Highland region of Scotland.

April 11, 2017
Compass Box The Lost Blend

Compass Box The Lost Blend review

Compass Box The Lost Blend is a continuum to their first blended malt called Eleuthera, released in 2001. First whisky ever by Compass Box was Hedonism by the way, a blended grain whisky which I got a chance to taste in 2016. Eleuthera was a blended malt containing approximately 80% […]
January 7, 2017
Edradour 10YO review

Edradour 10 year old single malt review

Edradour 10 year old comes from Highland, from the “smallest traditional distillery” in Scotland as they claim theirselves. The word traditional has been added since there are new distilleries founded in 2010’s, which are smaller than Edradour. Edradour’s full capacity per year is 130 000 liters but they produce approximately […]
December 28, 2016
Compass Box Flaming Heart

Compass Box Flaming Heart 15th Anniversary Whisky review

Celebrating Compass Box’s fifteenth anniversary, the 2015 edition of Flaming Heart is another fine example of top notch blending by John Glaser and his company. Glaser has been named “Innovator of the Year” four times by Whisky Magazine and “Pioneer of the Year” twice by Malt Advocate. He has stated […]
December 13, 2016
Clynelish 14YO review

Clynelish 14 year old review

Located in Highland region, Clynelish 14 year old single malt whisky comes from a distillery built opposite the nowadays silent Brora distillery. The original, Old Clynelish distillery was built in 1819 but in 1969, changed its name to Brora. Brora made heavily peated whisky in 1969-1973 for blending, covering a shortage of […]
October 22, 2016

Edradour Hand Made Whisky Fudge review

Had a chance to taste some handmade whisky fudge by Gardiners of Scotland, a company famous for Scottish fudge and traditional confectionery. They’ve manufactured delicious fudge laced with Edradour Highland single malt whisky and presented in a protective oval gift tin. Package size is300g/10.5oz. I’ve tasted whisky chocolate and whisky […]
October 22, 2016
Hankey Bannister Heritage Blend Scotch Whisky Review

Hankey Bannister Heritage Blended Scotch review

Hankey Bannister is a famous Blended Scotch Whisky brand by Inver House Distillers (owned by International Beverage Holdings Ltd.). The brand was established in London’s West End in 1757 – Beaumont Hankey and Hugh Bannister founded the company seeking to enter the wines and spirits business, and the hearts of […]
October 2, 2016
Compass Box Enlightenment

Compass Box Enlightenment review

Compass Box Enlightenment was made in the spirit of Compass Box’s Campaign for Scotch Whisky Transparency. You can read the backstory of this campaign from my Spice Tree review – long story short, production of Spice Tree had to be stopped because of Scotch Whisky Association’s ridiculous regulations (Fortunately they […]
October 1, 2016
Compass Box Spice Tree

Compass Box Spice Tree review

Compass Box Spice Tree gained much reputation because of Scotch Whisky Association and its regulations. Making Compass Box Spice Tree “illegal whisky”. I’ll get to that later on but first: some basic information about this vatting of Northern Highland malt whiskies. Clynelish malt is the core of this blended malt […]
February 21, 2016
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Loch Lomond Single Malt Whisky review

Loch Lomond Single Malt is a non age statement whisky from Loch Lomond distillery in Highland. Founded in 1965, the distillery has a 4 million liter capacity with 1 wash still, 1 spirit still and 4 Lomond stills. It was closed between 1984 and 1987. In 1993 the new owners […]
November 20, 2015
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Deanston Virgin Oak review

Deanston Virgin Oak is a Highland single malt whisky from Deanston distillery, which has been certified by the Organic Food Association. So you can always feel good about yourself, while trying their Scotch. They are the largest distillery owned by Burn Stewart Distillers Ltd, who also own Bunnahabhain and Tobermory […]
November 11, 2015

Tomatin Cu Bocan single malt whisky review

Tomatin Cù Bòcan gets its name from a legendary spectral dog named Cù Bòcan. Tale tells that the dog has haunted the Inverness based Tomatin village for many years. According to the legend, the dog dissolved as smoke over the moorlands when a distillery worker tried to touch it. That […]
October 5, 2015

Glenmorangie 10 year old The Original review

Glenmorangie 10 year old, aka The Original single malt whisky comes from far north from the Highland region in Scotland. Glenmorangie distillery is known for the tallest stills in Scotland, where only the lightest and purist spirit vapours reach the top. That gives Glenmorangie its signatory floral and fruity character. […]
July 10, 2015
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Edradour 2003 Ruby Port Matured review

I got a chance to taste Batch 2 of the Edradour 2003 Ruby Port Cask Matured single malt from the smallest distillery in Scotland, located in Highland region. I was kinda excited because notes of strawberries had been stated in reviews. And of course, the pessimist that I am, I […]
July 8, 2015
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Balblair 1997 review

Few years ago, Balblair wanted to be different by replacing age-statement with vintages, like we are used to in wine. I got a chance to taste the 2nd release of Balblair Vintage 1997, matured in first fill American oak, Ex-Bourbon barrels since 1997. According to them, they are the oldest […]
July 5, 2015
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Aberfeldy 12 year old review

Aberfeldy 12 year old single malt comes from the Highland region of Scotland. Aberfeldy distillery was founded in 1896 by John Dewar & Sons, Ltd. So naturally it is the base malt for Dewar’s Blended Whisky. Aberfeldy also offers 18 and 21 year old single malts. Their visitor centre, “Dewar’s […]
July 4, 2015
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Old Pulteney 12 year old review

Old Pulteney 12 year old single malt whisky comes from the town of Wick – Pulteney distillery is the most northerly distillery on Scottish mainland. Being next to the sea, Wick used to have herring fishing industry, but it isn’t the case anymore. They claim that Old Pulteney has absorbed […]
April 8, 2015
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Oban 14 year old review

Oban 14 year old single malt whisky is the primary product of their distillery. The Oban distillery was built in 1794 and it is located in west coast of Scotland. The distillery was built before the town with the same name, which developed later in the surrounding harbor and is […]
February 24, 2015
Shackleton Antarctica Expedition whisky box

Mackinlay’s Shackleton Rare Old Highland Malt review

In 2006, The New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust found three cases of Chas Mackinlay & Co’s whisky in the ice under Ernest Shackleton’s hut. Shackleton made an expedition to Antarctic in 1907-1909. The expedition didn’t go well, forcing Shackleton to abandon their hut and leave stuff behind – including the whisky […]
January 20, 2015
Glenturret, oldest distillery in Scotland

Glenturret 10 year old review

Glenturret is “the spiritual home” of The Famous Grouse brand, because it is the core malt in their whiskies. So it is Scotland’s most visited whisky distillery, because of the The Famous Grouse Experience, a 5 Star visitor experience. The distillery was officially established in 1775 but there’s been claims, […]
December 12, 2014
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Old Pulteney 21 year old review

Voted “World Whisky of the Year 2012” by Jim Murray in his Whisky Bible, with a stunning 97,5 points. Old Pulteney is the most northerly mainland distillery in Scotland. Old Pulteney 21 year old single malt is a marriage of spirits matured in second fill American oak ex-bourbon casks and […]
December 9, 2014
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Dalmore King Alexander III review

Dalmore King Alexander III was crafted in honor of the act of saving Scotland’s King in 1263. It is an expression, where 6 specially selected casks have been united. This Dalmore contains whiskies matured in Kentucky bourbon casks, Matusalem Oloroso Sherry wood, Madeira barrels, Marsala casks, port pipes and Cabernet […]
September 5, 2014
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Dalwhinnie 15 year old review

Dalwhinnie distillery is located very high above sea level. It is one of the highest distilleries in Scotland, which gives some marine quality to it. Located high in the Grampian mountains, Dalwhinnie is also very near to the geographical center of Scotland. Matured in ex-bourbon casks, this one’s a great […]
August 23, 2014

Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or – 12 year old review

Not JUST DESSERTS – rich and characteristic whisky This Glenmorangie was relaunched in 2011 with a Sauternes cask finish. Nectar D’Or might be an indication to the golden nectar, held in the casks to finish the whisky. Rich with fruity and vinous character, I like it. And I am surprised […]
August 22, 2014

Glenmorangie 18 year old Extremely Rare review

Like having BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S This “Extremely Rare” edition from Glenmorangie is a delicate 18 year old single malt. This is like Audrey Hepburn of whiskys, a delicate flower. This is as delicate as it can get, when tasting whisky. Like Holly Golightly, seducing me the way she was luring George Peppard’s […]
August 19, 2014
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Dalmore 12 year old review

HELLO, DOLLY! I’m leaving you Dolly The Dalmore 12 year old single malt is matured in American white oak and Oloroso sherry casks. For my taste, a contradictory dram. Pure with fruity sweet notes, yet with a bad twist. I detest marzipan and unfortunately Dalmore 12 yrs had it a […]
August 8, 2014
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An Cnoc 12 year old review

Like tasting 500 DAYS OF SUMMER The 12 year old single malt by An Cnoc didn’t rock my world too much. Not a bad whisky, but a bit too flat-lined on the taste and finish. Yet, very easy to drink but not offering anything special. This sweet and spicy dram […]
August 7, 2014
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Ballechin #5 The Marsala Casks review

Ballechin #5 The Marsala Casks turned out to be a great rugged single malt. Full of rough but pleasant peat, a whisky with attitude! Malt Maniacs gave it a Silver Medal. This heavily peated whisky from Edradour distillery is the fifth release from the Ballechin series, aged in Marsala casks. […]
August 4, 2014
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Balblair Vintage 1989 review

CHAMPAGNE of single malts Champagne of single malts. At least that’s what Ralfy said. That expression fits to my world as well, at least when it comes to movies. This is like Alfred Hitchcock’s movie Champagne. Not the best one, he’s done but a fair showing. Just like Vintage 1989 […]
May 12, 2014
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Sheep Dip whisky review

The name Sheep Dip comes from the insesticide used to delouse sheep prior to sheering. Back in the day, farmers used to make “home made whisky”, because they didn’t want to pay any taxes for it. To help hiding their whisky, they marked each barrel with “SD”. Great story and […]
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