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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%
T H E G L E N R O T H E S DISTILLED 1988 - BOTTLED 2014. This is now a highly sought after dram belonging to Berry Bros & Rudd ltd. The Character is rich candied orange peel and fruit compote. This vintage of Glenrothes 1988.Distilled - 16/12/1988Approved - 4/11/2008Bottled in 2014.
Glen Garioch 1993 - Douglas Laing's - XOP Platinum -70th Anniversary Commemorative Edition - Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Grain Whisky - 70cl / 58.4%
XOP Platinum: Glen Garioch 1993 Platinum 70th Anniversary Commemorative Edition. A very exciting limited edition series of four releases within the XOP Single Cask range commemorating Douglas Laing’s Platinum Anniversary. The third of the four casks to be released is a Glen Garioch 1993 Single C…
Speyside - 70cl / 60%
The long awaited Glenfarclas 105 22 Year Old Limited Edition is almost here. The Glenfarclas 105 has long been a staff and client favourite of Robbie's Whisky Merchants and we are all waiting in anticipation to try this new release. The 22yo has been launched to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of t…
Islay - 70cl / 50%
2018 marks the arrival of the 8th Edition Kilchoman 100% Islay. Kilchoman’s 8th Edition 100% Islay limited edition is a vatting of 23 bourbon barrels and 7 oloroso sherry butts filled between 2008 and 2012, bottled at 50% ABV. The 100% Islay range is Kilchoman’s only expression which is dis…
Islay - 70cl / 42.6%
New Arrival from our friends in Glasgow, this Dram is a real Wows-er and cracking value! Distilled in February 1988 and bottled in August 2018 a bottling charged from one refill butt. One of only 271 bottles Nose: Opens with sweet sugar coated pear drops, lime and peach. Palate: Anticipate honey…
Speyside - 70cl / 46%
Distilled in Macduff distillery in 2008 and matured in Hogshead casks prior to bottling in 2016. A strict, limited release of only 745 bottles from 2 casks.
Speyside - 70cl / 46%
Distilled in Glenburgie distillery in 2011 and matured in Bourbon barrel casks prior to bottling in 2017. A strict, limited release of only 610 bottles from 2 casks.
Highland - 70cl / 46%
This is an independent bottling, single cask from Hunter Laing and Company under their Hepburn's Choice brand. Only 359 bottles. Un-Chillfiltered, natural colour and bottled at 46% alc/vol. A beautiful Highland whisky from Fort William. The nose is sweet with oak notes. The palate is sweet …