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Highland

The largest whisky producing region

The Scottish Highlands include the rugged and mountainous regions of Scotland north and west of the Highland Boundary Fault, although the exact boundaries are not clearly defined, particularly to the east. Much of the Scottish Highlands area overlaps the Highlands and Islands area.

The Islands region is often confused with Islay, but the Islands region is in fact a separate whisky producing region consisting of the islands of Arran, Jura, Mull, Orkney, Shetlands and Skye.

Balblair Distillery

It’s Balblair’s ill fortune to be located less than 5 miles from Glenmorangie, its rather better-known neighbour, and somewhat off the main road north; to be late into the single malt market and to be owned by one of the industry’s smaller companies, lacking the marketing and distribution muscle of its larger competitors. But none of this means you should ignore it, because there is much of interest to be found there.

Glenmorangie Distillery

Glenmorangie is, quite simply, the most delicious and complex single malt whisky in the world. Its multi-layered aromas and flavors stimulate the senses and entice the palate. The spirit originates in the Scottish Highlands where, at the Glenmorangie Distillery, it is distilled in the tallest malt whisky stills in Scotland, expertly matured in the finest oak casks, and perfected by the Sixteen Men of Tain. The most renowned distiller of Scotch whisky brands worldwide, The Glenmorangie Company produces its wide range of malt whiskies using both traditional and innovative methods.

Tullibardine Distillery

History Nestled at the foot of the Ochil Hills in Perthshire, which are renowned for the crystal purity of their spring water, Tullibardine is the most accessible distillery in Scotland situated on the doorstep of Gleneagles and within 45 minutes drive north of Glasgow and Edinburgh. To this day the distillery draws the crystal pure spring water, which flows past the brewery from the Ochil Hills, the same source which fed the first public brewery in Scotland and where King James IV purchased beer to celebrate his coronation in 1488.

Tomatin Distillery

History Illicit stills are part of the history of whisky distilling in Scotland, and were widely used in the local hills around Tomatin. As a distilling site, illicit or otherwise, Tomatin goes back to the 15th Century when drovers – men who ‘drove’ their cattle to market over high mountain passes – would fill up their whisky flasks from a still alongside the Old Laird’s House.

Pulteney Distillery

History Founded in 1826 by James Henderson at the height of Wick's celebrated herring boom, the Pulteney Distillery is the most northerly on the British mainland. At a time when road links to the town were yet to be established, the distillery was dependent on the sea for its supply of barley and for the shipping out of its malt whisky. Wick became known for the barrels of silver (herring) and gold (whisky) which left the port in vast numbers.

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