- Malt Whiskies
malt whiskies from the Highlands are the most varied, but they
are in general smoky and smooth, sometimes with more than a hint
of sherry. The Highlands include most of the western islands but
not Speyside, which,, although geographically considered part of
the Highlands is treated as a separate region by virtue of the density
of distilleries found there.
CNOC 12 YEARS OLD 40%
as Knockdhu until the DCL marketing men found The Gaelic. Rich straw
colour with a fresh medium bodied nose. Full-bodied, sweet and lightly
peated flavour with a long smooth and sweet finish.
ELEMENTS NAS 40%
air in Edderton on the Dornoch firth where Balblair is distilled
is said to be the purest in Scotland. It is this fourth element
- the purest of air - combined with the other elements that gives
Balblair its smooth, light, delicate and refreshing taste.
10 Year Old 40%
mid amber with gold highlights. Quite full bodied, dark sweet and
lightly nutty nose with an aniseed character. Fairly peaty, lightly
spirited nose with a short light finish
16 Year Old 40%
amber colour with gold highlights. Dark sweet nose with a light
nutty character. Sweet to start with an appetising nutty tinge on
the side and a slightly dry note as it slides over the back of the
ATHOLL 12 year old 43%
mid amber colour with golden highlights, a fullish but slightly
green nose with a fresh smokiness. Full-bodied, sweetish palate
with a smoky tang and a long slightly smoky finish with a sweet
14 year old 43%
amber colour with greenish gold highlights. Rich full nose with
a background smokiness and a hint of citrus. Very complex palate,
rich and full with a smoky sweetness followed by an elegant finish
with bitter chocolate notes.
12 year old 43%
two years, closed for sixty-four and reopened in 1965 this is one
of the few distilleries still to have floor maltings. Straw gold
colour with a distinctive fresh appley nose. Full-bodied, dry flavour
with a chocolate note and a long lingering spicy finish
15 year old 43%
the highest distillery in the Highlands, Dalwhinnie has a rounded
smoothness with touches of honey and heather and a smokey subtlety
all of its own.
12 years old 40%
deep amber colour with gold highlights. Slightly sweet, light oak
nose with a grape-like fruitiness. Full, medium-sweet flavour with
slightly smoky spiciness and a lightly malted smooth dry finish.
Port Wood Finish NAS 43%
colour of antique copper, golden with a rosy hue. A complex balance
of sweet and dry flavours, bitter chocolate being offset with a
fresh minty note Hints of port and walnut evident in the finish.
Sherry Wood Finish NAS 43%
colour of light gold, full bodied, even and creamy. A subdued sweet
flavour at the outset with a light and dry finish. Sherry and nuts
are both evident, combining to produce a long, warm aftertaste.
18 years old 43%
amber colour with gold highlight and a medium nose with good nutty
richness, delicately peated with an aroma of dried apricots. Nutty,
oaky and medium sweet flavour with a touch of spice and a fresh,
smooth, light nutty finish.
No age statement 40%
in oak casks to produce a smooth taste with light peaty traces offering
a good and lingering character
15 years old 45%
favoured as a "top dresser" by blenders this was considered
by Professor RJS McDowall as one of Scotland's top malts. Mid amber
colour with gold highlights. Rich, full bodied soft oak nose with
a grapey fruitiness. Quite full-bodied flavour: round, soft and
smooth medium sweet with a delicate edge of smokiness and a rich
14 years old 43%
pale straw colour with golden highlights. Medium sweet and lightly
peated nose,. quite rich with a slight burnt heather character.
A smooth, light sweet and creamy flavour with a delicate peatiness
and smoky dry finish.
PULTNEY 8 years old
the most northerly mainland distillery where the now fast disappearing
practice of leaving others to bottle is still followed. Pale gold
colour tinged with green. Delicately pungent nose with a faint tang
of ozone. Pungent smokey and clean flavour with a refreshingly dry
smoky finish. Gordon & MacPhail bottling.
speaking part of the Highland Region, Scotland's many islands produce
a number of whiskies. You may be forgiven for thinking that Islay
is the only Scottish island to produce whisky because excellent
promotion has elevated an island of only six distilleries to area
status. This group of Highland malts collects together some of the
products of Scotland's other western islands.
OF JURA 10 Year Old 40%
the Argyllshire island of the same name the whisky has a pale straw
colour with light greenish tinges. Very delicately flavoured, lightly
smoky with a pleasant nuttiness its finish is very smooth and lingers
10 years old, 45.8%
peat-smoke nose with seawater saltiness reminiscent of the distillery's
location on Skye's Loch Harport. Rich dried fruit sweetness with
clouds of smoke. Warming and intense barley mat flavours with a
huge long peppery-sweet finish.
the capital of Mull, about ninety minutes form here. Light amber
in colour with a fresh, lightly peated, smoky nose. An easy introduction
to island malts