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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 / 55.3%
Introducing the first-ever Inchgower Special Release in this series which is a complex, surprising whisky from a distillery with a heart-warming back story, which starts sweetly then becomes crisply aromatic and drying with a beautiful bitter-sweet drying finish. This release is a 27 year old expre…
Blended Malt - 70cl / 57.1%
Cladach is a limited edition, natural cask strength Blended malt Scotch whisky. This is the fifth release of NAS malt whisky in this series from the original distiller’s stocks.The first-ever master blend of whiskies from six fine coastal single malt distilleries: Caol Ila, Clynelish,Lagavulin, Ob…
Islay - 70cl / 50%
Kilchoman launch their fourth and final limited edition of 2018, the Sauternes Cask Finish. Just 10,000 bottles will be available worldwide, bottled at 50% abv. The Sauternes Cask Finish follows a range of wine cask releases bottled by Kilchoman over the previous five years. This latest offering di…
Highland - 70cl / 57.9%
A very mature Oban released as part of the annual Diageo Special Releases in 2018. This cracking whisky has been matured in refill European oak butts. Tasting Notes Appearance: Full gold. Delicate beading. Nose: Nose prickle, then a dry maritime aroma, with warm sand, dry seaweedand crystalline s…
Highland - 70cl / 52.1%
Introduced as part of the 2018 Special Release series, this bottling has lived longer than the distillery did. Established in 1975 and closed in 1993. From refill American Oak hogsheads, deeming only 4,680 individually numbered bottles world-wide. From a closed distillery, the oldest 1989 Pittyvaic…
Island - 70cl / 59.4%
This is the first cask-strength Talisker 8 year old released by the original distillers and is inspired by the 8 year old releases made before the late 1980s, and comes from deep-charred first fill ex-bourbon American oak hogsheads. Nose: Big, confident and well-paced. Huge prickle, then the key-no…
Islay - 70cl / 58.1%
This dram is a real milestone marking the first-ever Caol Ila 35 year old in this series and also the oldest Caol Ila Special Release to date from this much respected distillery. It is a well-balanced and mature expression that shows a fine freshness, cleanliness and precision for its age. A mixtu…
Islay - 70cl / 57.8%
We are now in to the 17th annual release of cask strength, Lagavulin 12 year old. Aged in refill American oak hogshead casks for at least 12 years then released as a limited edition. Bottled at 57.8% abv with limited availability worldwide. Nose: Unmistakeable and immediate, with powerful smoulder…