Highland Park 15-year single malt
Credit: Photograph by Michael Pirrocco

Region: Islands, Orkney

In a way, Highland Park is in a category of its own. It's produced on Orkney island, which means it falls under scotch whisky's Islands rubric, but, really, this is a misnomer for the 15-year, since it's more akin to a Lowland: peaty but fresh, clean and easy to drink. [$77; highlandpark.co.uk]