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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 / 46%
Glenrothes 5 Year Old - 2013 - Single Malt Scotch Whisky | Provenance Bottling A single cask Glenrothes distilled January 2013 and bottled September 2018 Non-Chill filtered and bottled at 46% alc./vol. #DL12819 483 Bottles. Nose: Vanilla'd oak with lots of spice, rich chocolate truffles and a s…
Islay - 70cl / 46%
Smokehead Rum Rebel Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky When Smokehead meets a rum cask cousin, the familiar peaty punch of Smokehead is given a sweet and furious jolt. New unexpected flavours emerge. Finished in a Caribbean rum cask, Rum Rebel has just joined the Smokehead Islay Single Malt gang. Fie…
Speyside - 70cl / 50%
Old Ballantruan 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Old Ballantruan Speyside Glenlivet Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a rarity. It is only one of a handful of peated malt whiskies coming from the Speyside region. Nose: Gentle “peat -reek” with mild gun-flint notes softened by sweet, matur…
Islay - 70cl / 62.1%
Bruichladdich Octomore Edition: 12.3/ 118.1 PPM - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - 2021 Release Octomore 12.3 is single vintage, single field, single malt. Raised in Church Field on Octomore Farm by farmer James Brown, this Islay grown barley has been trickle distilled through the tall narrow necked sti…
Islay - 70cl / 57.3%
Bruichladdich Octomore Edition: 12.2/ 129.7 PPM - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - 2021 Release Octomore 12.2 follows in the footsteps of previous Sauternes legends. The now infamous Octomore 4.2 (Comus) became one of the most acclaimed and sought- after whiskies in the distillery’s portfolio, confirm…
Islay - 70cl / 59.9%
Bruichladdich Octomore Edition: 12.1/ 130.8 PPM - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - 2021 Release. Nowhere is the dualism of the Octomore super heavily peated series more pertinent than in the .1 edition. While Octomore in itself does not conform to tradition, Head Distiller Adam Hannett is inclined to m…
Highland - 70cl / 53%
Glenturret 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky - 2021 Release. Glenturret certainly know the value of refill casks. Much is said about the importance of first fill sherry oak but much less about the casks that hold their second fill of spirit. Glenturret 15 year old is driven by refill wood where…
Highland - 70cl / 46%
Glenturret 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky - 2021 Release. A whisky driven by European Oak casks which have patiently cradled the spirit from its inception 12 years ago after passing through the small batch, manual production processes which defines Glenturret. Like the many pairs of hand…