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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 / 59.9%
Benromach Peat Smoke Sherry Cask Matured 2010 Single Malt Scotch Whisky (bottled 2018) This seriously smoky expression is made with heavily peated Scottish barley and matured in first fill sherry hogsheads.
Islay - 70cl / 46.2%
Strictly One Bottle Per Person! Ardbeg - Traigh Bhan 19 Years Old Batch 2 (2020) Limited Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky. ‘ Traigh Bhan ’(pronounced Tri Van). The beach of Traigh Bhan is known locally as the ‘Singing Sands’. Inspired by the Singing Sands of Islay, this rare, small…
Blended Whisky - 70cl / 40%
King of Scots Blended Scotch Whisky. King of Scots DNA can be traced from rich and sweet aged Single Grain Scotch Whiskies with a significantly higher than normal proportion of the finest aged Malt Whiskies which have been matured in both oloroso sherry butts and first fill bourbon casks. Nose: Ho…
Speyside - 70cl / 46%
Dailuaine 10 Year Old - 2008 - Single Malt Scotch Whisky | Douglas Laing Premier Barrel Selection. The whisky is floral and fruity initially, then offers an array of flavours including digestive biscuits, barley and buttered brioche buns. A hint of heather honey also emerges.
Blended Malt - 70cl / 48%
Scallywag The Munro Bagging Limited Edition Blended Speyside Malt. About Munro Bagging: Scotland’s Munros are a collection of almost 300 mountains, each over 3,000 ft tall. Some adventure-seekers (both from Scotland and further-afield) relish the challenge to “bag” all 280 Munros in their lif…
Blended Malt - 70cl / 48%
The Epicurean Rivesaltes Finished Limited Edition - Lowland - Blended Scotch Malt Whisky. The Epicurean "Wood Finish" series continues with this Rivesaltes Finished Limited Edition. After initially maturing in traditional oak casks for a number of years, Douglas Laing have finished this limited e…
English - 70cl / 52%
As an introductory offer we are offering a free Lakes Whisky Tumbler with every bottle purchased! The Lakes Whiskymakers Edition Release 1 Colheita Port Casks Single Malt Whisky This is the first edition of a new limited one-off series. It is matured predominately in casks that previously contain…
Highland - 70cl / 42%
Fettercairn 28 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Fettercairn is one of the oldest licensed distilleries in Scotland, located in the foothills of Scotland’s Cairngorms. Matured for 28 years in American ex-bourbon casks, the perfect maturation partner for the tropical character derived from the …