Is it an influence of the isolation of these distilleries spread north, east, west and south of Speyside? One thing is certain: the names of these distilleries sound differently in my mind. Inaccessible, wildest, most iconic… I can admit this is totally subjective! In my opinion, “Highland is beautiful”, and so are the five single malts from my selection. As for the very complex Glendronach, regarded as a Speyside by some, and a Highland for others, it is certainly part of my Top 5.
Ben Nevis 10 yo
Simultaneously dry, robust and stout, it is a true Highlander.
Difficult to define this single malt in one sentence. Although Ben Nevis 10 years is for connoisseurs, few would resist his uncompromising style. Simultaneously dry, robust and stout, it is a true Highlander. Bottled in small quantities, it is mostly reserved for the Japanese market. It must be said that its owner is none other than NIKKA, the famous Japanese brand of whiskey.
GlenDronach 15 yo Revival
This sherry, beyond its deep amber color, reveals the richness of sherry oloroso.
Within La Maison du Whisky, the Glendronach 15 gets unanimous feedbacks. It is also a favorite among our customers, who appreciate its complexity and extreme nature. This Sherry, beyond its deep amber color, reveals the richness of Sherry Oloroso. Oscillating between sweet and dry, it has that little extra personality and soul that positions itself to us, to be among the 5 biggest single malts of the moment. We import and distribute this nectar exclusively on the French and Singaporean market, and also have the opportunity to select our own casks.
GlenDronach 18 yo Allardice
An 18 yo of this level and at this price, there is simply no longer any on the market.
Royal blue label and carton replaced the cult pearl grey of previous editions. However, you will find untouched the elegance and subtleness of this single malt from the Highlands, and not from Speyside (the owner Billy Walker, owner insists on that). An 18 yo of this level and at this price, there is simply no longer any on the market. Less extreme and less dry than the 15 yo, the Revival, it will appeal to lovers of sweet and smooth sherry casks. A treat that La Maison du Whisky imports and distributes exclusively on the French and Singaporean market.
Old Pulteney 17 yo
There is a lot to say about this 17 yo, one of the best Highland single malts, which combines perfectly the sweetness of sherry and the salty notes of northern Scotland sea spray.
Landed in Europe in the mid-1990s, Old Pulteney has always remained in the shadow of the greatest. Yet it deserves greater attention and more respect for the single malt produced Wick is simply outstanding. There is a lot to say about this 17 yo, one of the best Highland single malts, which combines perfectly the sweetness of sherry and the salty notes of northern Scotland sea spray.
Glenmorangie 12 yo Golden Nectar
Sauternes cask brings nervousness and a thicker texture to this whisky, without masking Glenmorangie style: subtle, malty and spicy.
Glenmorangie is a pioneer in finishing: first distillery to suggest finishing in Port and Madeira casks, it is mostly the first and perhaps the only one to really control the effects of the double maturation of whisky. Bill Lumsden, head of distillation and creation of the famous distillery, has definitely won us over with this single malt finished in a Sauternes cask. Sauternes cask brings nervousness and a thicker texture to this whisky, without masking Glenmorangie style: subtle, malty and spicy. A classic recommended by La Maison du Whisky
Adapted from – THIERRY BENITAH’s selection for www.whisky.fr
Always looking for the best casks, Thierry Bénitah, CEO of La Maison du Whisky, has contributed to the recognition of Japanese whiskies with fans. Son of Georges Bénitah, founder of La Maison du Whisky, Thierry has also been promoting from the mid-2000s other fine spirits such as rum, tequila, mezcal….