The Highlands is by far the largest of all the whisky producing regions and offers the greatest variations of style; officially the Highlands region includes the Islands except Islay, but we have separated the Islands out from the Highlands on this site.
The majority of distilleries in the Highlands region are located in the Eastern Highlands; in the Western Highlands there are only a few distilleries, such as Dalwhinnie, Oban or Ben Nevis. The malts from these West Highland distilleries are much less peaty than the malts which are found in the Islay region, although a slight whiff of smokiness can be detected.
The character of the far North Highland malts are greatly influenced by the local soil and the coastal location of the distilleries and tend to be light bodied whiskies with a spicy character and a somewhat dry finish, sometimes with a trace of saltiness, such as Pulteney.
Malt whiskies from the Central, Southern and Eastern Highlands are quite a mixed bunch and are generally fruity and sweet, although not as sweet as the malts found in Speyside. They are lighter bodied and sweet and just like other Highland malts they tend to have a dry finish. Examples include Aberfeldy, Edradour and Glen Garioch.AberfeldyBalblairBen NevisBlair AtholClynelishDalwhinnieDeanstonEdradourGlen GariochGlen OrdKingsbarnsKnockdhuObanPulteneyRoyal LochnagarThe DalmoreThe Glenturret (Famous Grouse Experience)TomatinWolfburn