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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 / 47.4%
T H E G L E N R O T H E S 1 9 7 6 Distilled 26th February 1976 A limited Edition of only 238 bottles. Batch 1 On 28th December 1879 the first spirit flowed from the stills at Glenrothes Distillery; it quickly became – and remains – highly sought-after by Master Blenders as an enhancer, ad…
Islay - 70cl / 42.1%
A new Limited Edition offering from the Bunnahabhain Distillery which incidentally is the oldest Bunnahabhain ever released. The Story Bunnahabhain 46 Year Old Eich Bhana Lìr (meaning “The great waves of the God Lìr”) is the oldest single malt ever released from Bunnahabhain Distillery. Du…
Island - 70cl / 51%
A very special, limited edition bottling of Jura. Lying within the curvaceous glass bottle is a wonderfully rich whisky. The liquid itself was made using whiskies finished in American oak bourbon barrels and Douro Valley Port pipes from Graham's. It's presented at natural cask strength without chill…
Speyside - 70cl / 52.3%
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Ben Nevis 20 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky - Douglas Laing - Old Particular- Consortium of Cards Bottling - Release 2
Highland - 70cl / 50%
This is the second edition of a planned release of 4 Old Particular "Consortium of Cards" Collection for 2017 from those clever chaps in Glasgow. Ben Nevis 20 year old distilled in February 1997 and bottled May 2017. Only 626 bottles worldwide. Tasting Notes: Cereal sweetness on the nose with a f…
Speyside - 70cl / 50%
Robbie's Whisky Merchants Exclusive Bottling. Glenfarclas is a true star of the whisky world. It has been in the hands of the Grant family since 1865, having opened in 1836. A very impressive heritage! This Whisky has been specially chosen by Robin Russell proprietor of Robbie’s Drams Whisky Mer…
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…