The Classic Taste of Highland Whisky

Scotland and a part of the United Kingdom constitute an area called the Highlands, which is best known for its vast range in whiskey production. This area is spread out over acres of land and is home to some of the finest houses of wine and whiskey producers. Experts have divided it into four smaller sub regions for ease of pinpointing the uniqueness of each house.

For example, the Northern Highland malts and whiskies tend to be delicate and light with strong smells and a dry, but spicy after taste. These characteristics can be essentially contributed to the fact that most of the famous and successful whisky distilleries of this area are costal. Naturally then, their whiskies have a faint hint of salt in them.

Some famous whisky houses located here are the old Pulteney and the Clynelish, both well known for their dry, old school whiskey with pungent aromas. Perhaps the most well-known whisky house in this area is that of the Glenmorangie Whisky Distillery.

When it comes to the Eastern Highlands, the whiskies of this general area are largely smooth, smoky and sweet. The most common examples of such malty whiskies are Ardmore and Glen Garioch. Certain other distilleries such as Glencadam are known for producing a unique fruity and creamy kid of malt whisky which takes a little getting used to.

In the West, you can only find two popular whisky distilleries namely the Ben Nevis and Oban. Of these two, Oban is more famous because of two reasons. First, this seaport has an unusual whisky with a briny flavor, not meant for those of weak palette. And secondly, Oban houses perhaps the smallest whisky stills in Scotland. In fact, these stills are so small that their worm tubs have to be placed in odd positions, and are usually stored between roofs of the still house and the adjoining house.

On the South side, there is just one distillery of note and that is the Aberfeldy distillery. Housed in the beautiful, quaint town of Glenturret, the whisky from this house is a local delicacy. While the distillery itself is the oldest among many in the region, it was re-modeled for present use.

These whiskies aside, it is the whiskies of the Central Highlands that are the most popular world over, as they represent and reflect the flavors and styles of all other whiskies from the east, west and south highlands. Whiskies from the Central Highland region can boast a light bodied sweetness and effervescence that all the other whiskies from surrounding regions lack.

Most such Central Highland whisky distilleries are best known for their single malt whiskies, which were popularly called Perthshire whiskies, as many were situated along valleys and tributaries. The most well known whisky distilleries of this region include the Dalwhinnie, which is located at the head of the local river. Another distillery called the Edradour is well known as the smallest distillery in the whole of Scotland, and is a perfect example of the good old domestic farm distilleries that produce classic, rusty style of popular whisky.