This is the largest region and has many variations within the malts it produces. Highland Northern whiskies are usually medium - bodied, quite complex and delicate. Whiskies from the Eastern Highlands can be full to medium - bodied, smooth, sweetish with a dry Highland finish. Highland Southerns tend to be lighter. They can be quite fragrant with honey and heather on the nose. Highland Westerns tend to have more peaty notes and often a firm, rounded character. Having said that, single casks can throw up some real anomalies as you may discover from the notes.