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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 / 59.5%
Cask Strength Limited Edition. The Speyside Distillery have released a run of 1500 Spey Tenne Bottled at 59.5% alc/vol. The bottles are individually numbered.
Speyside - 70cl / 59.3%
Cask Strength Limited Edition. The Speyside Distillery have released a run of 1500 Spey Fumare bottled at 59.3% alc/vol. The bottles are individually numbered.
Speyside - 70cl / 59.1%
Cask Strength Limited Edition. The Speyside Distillery have released a run of 1500 Spey Trutina Bottled at 59.1% alc/vol. The bottles are individually numbered. .
Islay - 70cl / 62.9%
This is the most recent edition of the now famous Octomore Range. Distilled from 100% Islay grown Concerto barley, harvested in 2011 from Irene’s Field, Octomore Farm and distilled in 2012. Matured entirely on Islay in a combination of ex American whiskey and French wine casks. Five aged years …
Blended Malt - 25cl / 48%
A cracking gift pack containg 5 x 5cl of Douglas Laing's Remarkable Regional Blended Malts.
Blended Malt - 70cl / 48%
A brand new Limited Edition from our friends Douglas Laing & Co. The Remarkable Regional Malts "with a Twist” bottling encompasses Single Malts from all of Scotland’s Whisky producing regions, representing the various brands in the range. Aged for 10 years, bottled at 48% alcohol strength and o…
Blended Malt - 70cl / 53.9%
The latest Christmas edition of Big Peat marks the eighth in the series. This cask strength, smoky snowstorm delivers the ultimate taste of Islay. Big Peat Christmas 2018 packs an appropriately big peated punch, showing all sorts of maritime qualities like ferry engine rooms, tarry ropes, rock poo…
Campbeltown - 70cl / 56.5%
Image For Illustration Purposes Only! The distillery re-opened in 2004 following closure in 1925.Kilkerran Single Malt is a lightly peated, double distilled whisky which is not chill filtered and has no added colouring. Nose: The peat aroma from the lightly peated barley is apparent from the off a…