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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)
Speyside - 70cl / 43%
Story#1 : The Sweet Toast of American Oak is the story of Apprentice Malt Master Kelsey McKechnie using Kentucky Virgin Oak barrels to make an even fruiter Balvenie. Described as “a deliciously sweet, rich and fruity variation of The Balvenie, created by finishing the whisky in twice toasted, Vir…
Speyside - 70cl / 48.3%
Story #2 : The Week of Peat is the story where distillery manager Ian Millar, spotted a week’s gap in the distillery schedule. Eager toexperiment with The Balvenie profile using what he had learnt from a recent trip to Islay, he ordered a batch of Speyside peat for the kiln and build a peat b…
GlenAllachie 13 Year Old - Port Pipe -2006 - Cask 1850 - Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2019 - Release 2 - Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Speyside - 70cl / 59.2%
A highly collectable and fun release from the new ownership team at Glenallachie Distillery. This Glenallachie 13yo was released to celebrate the Spirit of Speyside Festival 2019 making it the second festival bottle released by Master Distiller Billy Walker from Glenallachie. Vintage 2006, aged fo…
Arran James MacTaggart Master of Distilling Series Single Malt Scotch Whisky "The Man with the Golden Glass"
Island - 70cl / 54.2%
Pre-Sale Only! Shipping Week Commencing 24th June. 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 o…
Lowland - 70cl / 54.6%
Littlemill,established in 1772 , is possibly one of Scotland's oldest distilleries. It lies on the border between the Highlands and Lowland regions, but is classed as Lowland due to its use of triple distillation. It was completely demolished in 2006. Hunter Laing’s Old & Rare Littlemill 27 Year …
Islay - 70cl / 50%
STR Cask Matured or in plain English : Shaved, Toasted and Re-charred Red Wine Casks. Anthony Wills selected 43 casks filled in 2012 and bottled at 50% abv for this latest barrier pushing project. The process of shaving, toasting and re-charring has had a huge influence on these casks and the fl…
Grain Whisky - 70cl / 47.8%
Garnheath 44 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 152 hand filled bottles. Cask DL12779 Distilled February 1974 Bottled August 2018 Nose : Strawberry cheesec…
Speyside - 70cl / 53.5%
Robbie's Whisky Merchants Exclusive Bottling. Glenfarclas is a true star of the whisky world. It has been in the hands of the Grant family since 1865, having opened in 1836. A very impressive heritage! This Whisky has been specially selected by Robin Russell proprietor of Robbie’s Drams Whis…