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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)
Campbeltown - 70cl / 46%
Matured in 100% Bourbon casks. Nose : Lemon meringue pie, pear skin, olive oil,almonds and digestive biscuits. A typical Kintyre coastal brininess comes to the fore. Palate : In the background; dried bananas, coconut shavings and butterscotch. The more prominent; carrot cake, treacle and freshly s…
Springbank Distillery - 70cl / 56.2%
This is the latest release of Springbank 12 Year Old Cask Strength for 2018. A mix of 70% Sherry & 30% Bourbon casks. Nose : A fruity and nutty combination; cherries, apricot jam, pistachios and toasted oats. Salted caramel and marzipan begin to emerge. Palate : Sweet and delicious, Scottish…
Grain Whisky - 70cl / 55.5%
Strathclyde Single Grain 11 Year Old - Douglas Laing & Co This is a great example of an 11year old Single grain whisky aged in one sherry Butt. Distilled November 2005 Bottled July 2017 No colouring and bottled at 55.5% alc/vol. Nose : Sweet with dark molasses, coffee essence and an abundance o…
Grain Whisky - 70cl / 51%
Garnheath 42 Year Old Single Grain Scotch Whisky An incredible single cask grain whisky from a closed distillery presented to us by Douglas Laing & Co. One refill Barrel deeming only 162 hand filled bottles. Distilled February 1974 Bottled November 2016 Nose : Elegantly spiced oak, lemon pe…
Grain Whisky - 70cl / 52.7%
Carsebridge 40 Year Old Single Grain. Another incredible single cask grain whisky from Douglas Laing & Co in Glasgow. One refill hogshead deeming only 215 hand filled bottles. Distilled October 1976 Bottled September 2017 Nose : Sweet barley sugar hard candy with later cereal tones. Palate : S…
Islay - 70cl / 58.2%
Kilchoman 10th Anniversary Release 2005-2015 A very rare bottle indeed. Only 3000 bottles of this limited edition were released. This bottling was to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the distillery. Colour : Golden amber. Nose: Powerful, integrated peat smoke, spice,dark chocolate and citru…
Island - 70cl / 52%
This Arran 21 year old is yet another successful single cask release from our friends Douglas Laing & Co in Glasgow. No filtration or colouring, just a cracking whisky. You can now find some great examples of Arran single casks on the market and this one does not disappoint. Nose : Big and ar…
Auchentoshan 20 Year Old Vintage 1997 Single Malt Scotch Whisky - Old Particular Single Cask Bottling
Lowland - 70cl / 51.5%
This Auchentoshan 20 year old is yet another successful single cask release from our friends Douglas Laing & Co in Glasgow. No filtration or colouring, just a cracking whisky. Nose : Vanilla pods mingled with damp grass, charred oak and custard cream. Palate : Home baking developing to barley swe…