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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 / 50.1%
Introducing Ardbeg 1815. Initially bottled to commemorate the distilleries 200th anniversary in 2015 this Limited Edition bottle had a small out turn of only 400 bottles each numbered and signed by distillery manager Mickey Heads, originally only sold at the distillery. Nose: A beautiful fragran…
Highland - 70cl / 52.5%
Glenmorangie Limited Edition Astar 2017 Release is a revisited much-acclaimed Glenmorangie first released in 2008. A single malt whisky fully matured in ‘designer’ casks and bottled at 52.5% ABV. Colour : Bright gold. Nose : Rich, sweet and fruity with fresh bright floral top notes. At full st…
Islay - 70cl / 46.6%
Introducing Ardbeg AN OA! A welcome new addition to the Ultimate range. Ardbeg An Oa is singularly rounded, due in no small part to time spent in the newly established bespoke oak Gathering Vat where whiskies from several cask types - including; sweet Pedro Ximenez; spicy virgin charred oak; an…
Blended Malt - 70cl / 57.3%
Collectivum XXVIII is a limited edition, natural cask strength Blended malt Scotch whisky. This is the fourth release of NAS malt whisky in this series from the original distiller’s stocks. A blend of whiskies from all twenty-eight operating single malt distilleries currently owned by Diageo. A c…
Highland - 70cl / 55.9%
Teaninich 17 Year Old Distilled 1999 is a limited edition, natural cask strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Teaninich, a respected distillery in the Coastal Highland region appears as a first release in this series from the original distiller’s stocks. From refill American oak hogsheads and ASBs f…
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 / 56.5%
We are now in to the 15th annual release of cask strength, Lagavulin 12 year old. Aged in refill American oak hogshead casks for at least 12 years then released as a limited edition. An honest and direct Lagavulin that is a delight to drink, with great depth of taste and fine distillery charact…
Speyside - 70cl / 54.8%
Glen Elgin 18 Year Old Distilled 1998 is a limited edition, natural cask strength single malt whisky. A third release in this series from the original distiller’s stocks. From two batches, one distilled using Pombe yeast for lifted hints of green apple and matured in ex-bodega casks for richness, …