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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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  • Ben Nevis 10 Year Old - Cask Strength - Batch No1 - Limited Edition Bottling - Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Highland - 70cl / 62.4%

    Ben Nevis 10 Year Old - Cask Strength - Batch No1 - Limited Edition Bottling  Matured in 1st Fill Bourbon , Sherry & Wine Casks. This limited edition , Batch No.1 has been produced from carefully selected 1st fill bourbon, sherry and wine casks. Distilled in 2008, this whisky has been patiently n…

     
    £100.00 inc. VAT
  • Ben Nevis McDonald's Traditional Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Highland - 70cl / 46%

    Image for Illustration purposes only! First Release - Numbered bottle- signed by Alex W Ross-Distillery Manager. In commemoration of the 185 years of the existence of the Ben Nevis Distillery the owners have attempted to re-create this renowned whisky of almost 130 years ago. The nose is oily and…

     
    £89.99 inc. VAT
  • Glencoe 8 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Highland - 70cl / 58%

    "Glencoe" in Gaelic means the narrow valley or glen but it is also known as the Glen of weeping. This bottling from the Ben Nevis distillery is mouthwatering in parts, with lots of cereal and spicy notes on its rich and full bodied palate.

     
    £39.99 inc. VAT
  • Ben Nevis McDonald's Traditional Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Highland - 70cl / 46%

    In commemoration of the 185 years of the existence of the Ben Nevis Distillery the owners have attempted to re-create this renowned whisky of almost 130 years ago. The nose is oily and smoky with aromas of leather and old wood. The palate is fruity with oranges and cinnamon flavours dominating alon…

     
    £42.99 inc. VAT
  • Nevis Dew Blended Scotch Whisky

    Blended Whisky - 70cl / 40%

    Remarkably, this contains a lot of malt from a certain distillery...

     
    £16.99 inc. VAT
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