What is the Highland region?
The Highland region is a "protected locality" for scotch whisky distilling as officially recognised in UK Government Legislation.
Where is the Highland region?
The Highland region makes up the majority of the North of Scotland. It does not include Speyside, which is now recognised as a whisky-producing region in its own right. But, somewhat oddly, the area does includes certain lowland areas in the North-East of the country such as Banffshire and Aberdeenshire.
Are the Islands in the Highland region?
Yes, while sometimes recognised as a distinct sub-category, the Islands can be included within the categorisation of the Highland region. The notable except to this is Islay, which is recognised as a scotch-producing region in its own right.
What distilleries are in the Highland region?
With 37 active whisky distilleries currently operating in the Highland region, it is one of the most significant localities for scotch. The full list includes:
- Ben Nevis
- Blair Athol
- Glen Deveron
- Glen Eden
- Glen Garioch
- Singleton of Glen Ord
- Loch Lomond
- Loch Morar
- Old Fettercairn
- Old Pulteney
- Royal Brackla
- Royal Lochnagar
- The Singleton
What does Highland scotch taste like?
Highland whiskies tend to be full and robust, with big notes that can include peat, smoke, and sherry. The flavour profile of Highland scotch also often includes wood spice, creating a well balanced sweet, smoky and spicy flavour.
Our single cask Highland whisky
We love working with a number of Highland distilleries, and have some great Highland whiskies; you can find the bottles we currently have available to buy here.