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Being so near the coast naturally affects the flavour of the whisky, many of them having a noticeable maritime character. The Northern Highland distilleries, such as Clynelish are all coastal except for Glen Ord, but that’s only a few miles from the sea. We sometimes refer to these whiskies as “Coastal East Highlands”. The West Coast (West Highlands) has a noticeably maritime influence on malts such as Oban.
The landscape of the Central Highlands is mainly mountainous, with hills divided by deep glens, lochs and valleys. Many distilleries in the region were built along the fertile glens carved out by the River Tay, the longest river in Scotland. Dalwhinnie, the highest distillery in Scotland, is at the gateway to the Cairngorms. Barley grew well in the lush valley bottoms and water and peat were in abundant supply. The whiskies produced tend to be lighter bodied and sweeter than other Highland malts.