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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.
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;
- Islands (Unoffical, part of the Highlands)
Islay - 70cl / 51.0%
Here we go for the 17th annual release of this iconic dram! The equal oldest Port Ellen ever released and unsurprisingly the most expensive Special Release yet, hitting all the notes you could want in style.Who needs power when you have all of this well-mannered yet complex elegance, with its fine …
Islay - 70cl / 55.2%
Here we go for the 16th annual release of this iconic dram! The oldest PORT ELLEN ever released and unsurprisingly the most expensive Special Release yet. Only 2940 individually numbered bottles world-wide From refill European Oak butts and American Oak hogsheads filled in 1978. Official Tasting…
Islay - 70cl / 53.9%
Here we go for the 15th annual release of this iconic dram! Only 2964 individually numbered bottles world-wide From refill European Oak butts filled in 1983, which was the last year of production. Like some memory of a fiery event, this sweet, intense, enigmatic and uncompromising Port Ellen disp…
Islay - 70cl / 56.5%
Here we go for the 14th annual release of this iconic dram! This is the oldest release of Port Ellen to come from the original distillers, refill European/ American oak casks filled in 1978 and deeming only 2,964 individually numbered bottles. Appearance: Bright, deep gold with amber lights. F…