While we like to try whiskies from all over the planet we have an on-going project to “tour” the regions of Scotland, while never leaving Sheffield. This gives us some direction when choosing the next whisky, and anyway it’s good to have a hobby.

Because the Highlands is a vast region, we have broken that down in to North, South, East and West. Likewise, because of the variety of styles in the Speyside region we’ll return to there a couple of times, I think.

Islay Assertive peaty single malts
Lagavulin 16 year old Very thick and rich. A massive mouthful of malt and sherry with good fruity sweetness. Big, powerful peat and oak.
Islands Honey, malty, volcanic and herbal
Highland Park 18 year old Creamy and full with fruit conserves and espresso. Cinnamon and allspice. Notes of toffee with thick black forest honey and a touch of citrus.
Highland North Big bodied cereal sweetness
Highland South Dry, light and fruity
Highland East Pungent, dry, fruity and full-bodied
Highland West Powerful, peaty
Oban 14 year old The palate is thick and full. Notes of citrus with smooth sweetness. The smoke wafts with notes of seaweed. The oak is quite rich with grist and cereal and malt.
Campbeltown Dry and pungent salinity
Springbank “Green” 12 year old Full-bodied with a good helping of cereal sweetness. There is a richness to the peat, with a dark nuttiness and whirling smoke. Nutmeg, cinnamon and orange peel.
Lowland Gentle, delicate, floral whiskies
Auchentoshan “Heartwood” Distinctive orange zest with milk chocolate and raisins, graininess, toasted nuts and honeycomb. The sweetness is tempered with a sightly burnt edge.
Speyside Light and honeyed, but can also be heavily sherried
GlenFarclas 105 Silken, spicy and peppery oak. Almond, praline, hazelnut, dried peels, fruity. Touch of Armagnac. Honey, sweet chocolate and dry fruits.


Suggestions are welcome but will likely be ignored.