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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)
Highland - 70cl / 53.8%
The attractive nose gives soft grassy notes with underlying yellow fruit skins and a whiff of smoke. The smoke is evident early on the palate and is carried along on a fruity magic carpet. This is a classy old malt whisky with great poise.
Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Gran Reserva Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Whisky An' A' That Best On Show 2017)
Speyside - 70cl / 40%
Voted "Best Whisky on Show" at our Whisky An' A' That Festival 2017. After maturing for 21 years, the Malt Master adds even warmer and richer flavours by uniquely finishing this single malt in first fill bourbon barrels that once contained rum from the Caribbean. The rum-soaked cask infuses the ag…
Island - 70cl / 45.9%
Valkyrie the Story. Plunging down from the dark heavens, the Valkyries would descend like avenging angels on horseback to comb the battlefields for the bravest of the fallen warriors, heroes fit to enter the great Norse god Odin’s hall, Valhalla. VALKYRIE celebrates the rich Nordic ancestry on Or…
Islay - 70cl / 48.4%
This is the fifth installment of the legendary Bruichladdich Black Art. Black Art is now a very limited release, core product of Bruichladdich's updated range under new owners Remy Cointreau. Adam Hannet, head Distillers first ever Black Art. Only 12,000 individually numbered bottles. Nose: It …
Islay - 70cl / 46.%
Robbie's Drams Whisky Merchants is an official Ardbeg Embassy. In Stock & Shipping Now! Ardbeg Kelpie is a limited-edition bottling created to celebrate Ardbeg Day 2017. It is the Distillery’s first whisky with a heart matured in virgin oak from the Black Sea coast. Renowned for imparting incred…
Blended Malt - 70cl / 46%
Douglas Laing have unleashed Scallywag 13 Years Old, a limited edition “big brother” to the original Scallywag Speyside Malt Scotch Whisky. The new release is matured exclusively in Sherry butts and is the first global Scallywag release to carry an age statement. Packaged in a striking ruby-red…
Islay - 70cl / 50%
2017 marks the arrival of the 7th Edition Kilchoman 100% Islay. Kilchoman’s 7th Edition 100% Islay limited edition is a combination of fresh and refill ex Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels filled in 2010 and bottled in 2017. This is the most mature expression released to date and as with all previous…
Islay - 70cl / 50.6%
A special commemorative bottling celebrating Islay's FEIS ILE 2017 Festival. A single cask Caol Ila distilled November 2010 and bottled April 2017. Non-Chill filtered and bottled at 50.6% alc./vol. Nose: Opens with a mighty maritime Islay punch followed by salty spices and sweet smoke. Palate: S…