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Scotch Whisky, known worldwide as "Scotch" is an umbrella term for any of the following whisky varieties produced in Scotland; Single Malt, Blended Malt, Single Grain, Blended Grain and Blended (Malt & Grain) Whisky.

In terms of an official definition, Scotch Whisky must be at least 40% ABV, it must be distilled to a maximum strength of 94.8% ABV, it must be wholly matured in an excise warehouse in Scotland for at least 3 years and the cask that the whisky is  matured in must not exceed a capacity of 700 litres. In addition, if an age statement is present on the bottle or label, every spirit within that bottle must be at the very least, the age stated. This is the case with all varieties of Scotch Whisky.

Traditionally, Scotland was divided into four distinct whisky producing regions, each with their own characterisitc styles and flavours.

These were;

  • Highlands
  • Lowlands
  • Islay
  • Campbeltown

The Scotch Whisky Association now recognises an additional region which lies within the Highland region, called Speyside. It is an area that encompasses the Spey river valley in the north east of the country and is home to just under half of Scotland's working distilleries.

In addition to this, a further but unofficial region exists in the form of "The Islands" with whiskies such as Scapa, Highland Park, Talisker, Arran and Tobermory hailing from this region. Technically however, The Islands are part of the Highland region.

Therefore the regions are as follows;

  • Highlands
  • Lowlands
  • Islay
  • Campbeltown
  • Speyside
  • Islands (Unoffical, part of the Highlands)

 

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    Island - 70cl / 62.1%

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    £79.99 inc. VAT
  • The Arran 21 Year Old - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - 2019 - Release

    Island - 70cl / 46%

    The Arran 21 Year Old - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - 2019 - Release. Simply the rose in the bouquet! Colour: Rich Amber Aroma: Ginger and dark chocolate, with the ever present citrus notes of the classic Arran in the background. Rich, brooding and luscious. Palate: Hints of soft spices and roaste…

     
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  • Arran 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky - 2019 Release

    Island - 70cl / 46%

    Arran 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky - 2019 Release. The Arran  18 Year Old  is a wonderfully balanced expression of the Arran Malt which displays a tremendous depth of character. Even mix of first fill and second-fill Sherry hogsheads and first-fill Bourbon barrels   Tasting Notes:Col…

     
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    Island - 70cl / 43%

    Arran Barrel Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky. A fresh entry into the new core range, 100% matured in first-fill Bourbon Barrels, combining casks at 7 - 8 years old with older casks to create a fresh and vibrant introduction to Arran Single Malt. Natural colour and non - chill filtered. Tasting …

     
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  • Arran 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Island - 70cl / 46%

    Arran 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky. One of our favourite single malts now presented in a very eye catching new livery. A mix of first fill Bourbon barrels, first fill and re-fill Sherry hogsheads, with a higher proportion of Bourbon barrels. Natural colour and non - chill filtered. Tasti…

     
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    Island - 70cl / 51.8%

    MASTER OF DISTILLING II THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GLASS. SPECIAL RELEASE OF 12 YEAR-OLD ARRAN MALT In 2019, Master Distiller James MacTaggart celebrates his 12th anniversary at the Isle of Arran Distillery.This elegant and luxurious expression of the Arran Malt has been skilfully created by James …

     
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  • Arran The Cote-Rotie Cask Finish Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Island - 70cl / 50%

    The Arran Côte-Rôtie Cask Finish is the latest welcome addition to the distilleries ever growing range. A very limited edition for 2019.After initially maturing in traditional oak casks the Arran Single Malt in this bottling was specifically selected by James MacTaggart the Master Distiller to b…

     
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  • The Arran 21 Year Old - 2018 - Release - Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Island - 70cl / 46%

    In stock and selling fast! ARRAN MALT 21 YEAR-OLD FIRST RELEASE 2018 Robbie's Whisky Merchants are absolutely delighted to introduce the first Arran 21 year old into the core range of our Arran Malt selection. The 21 year-old is a Limited Release of only 9000 bottles worldwide, non chill-filtered…

     
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