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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 / 50%
Macallan 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky- Old Malt Cask Bottling. A very early single cask released by RWM away back in May 2004. Cask# 1284 Only 271 bottles. A rare and archived bottle.
Speyside - 35cl / 42.6%
Kininvie 17 Year Old - 1996 - Batch 001 - Single Malt Scotch Whisky Originally released for the Travel Retail market.
Speyside - 70cl / 49.5%
Very Rare! Glendronach 27 Year Old -1992 - Cask#182 - UK Exclusive - Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Cask #182 27 Year Old Oloroso Sherry. UK Exclusive of only 613 bottles – 49.5% abv. Tasting Notes. Nose: Intense layers of dark fruit and chocolate infused with walnut and linseed oil. Flavou…
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Islay - 70cl / 55.1%
Port Charlotte OLC: 01 2010 Heavily Peated Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Released as part of the Cask Exploration series, this Port Charlotte OLC: 01 is one of the most unusual expressions released. It’s rarity is two-fold. Few single malts originally start their journey in such a complex co…
Islay - 70cl / 50%
Port Charlotte Heavily Peated Islay Barley 2012 Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky. This heavily peated Port Charlotte is from from Islay's Bruichladdich distillery, 2012 -vintage Port Charlotte was distilled entirely from grain grown on the island. The barley was harvested from eight farms in 2011. …
Speyside - 70cl / 46.3%
Glen Moray - Rhum Agricole Finish Project - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - UK Exclusive. A unique expression of Glen Moray, finished in St. James Rhum Agricole casks. Two flavours perfectly combining to produce a whisky intriguing and moreish with notes of rich dark toffee and background spice. Onl…
Speyside - 70cl / 59.6%
Glen Moray Sauternes Cask Matured Single Malt Scotch Whisky - UK Exclusive. Glen Moray are proud and excited to reveal their first expression in a new collection of whiskies from Warehouse 1, the Elgin dunnage warehouse where the most interesting and innovative casks lie in wait.The first release i…