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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 / 48.2%
Convalmore 32yo Distilled 1984 is a limited, natural cask strength single malt whisky from the closed Convalmore Distillery at Dufftown,Speyside.A fourth release of Convalmore in this series from the original distiller’s stocks.Interesting to contrast with the 36yo from European Oak released in 20…
Islay - 70cl / 59.8%
This is the twelfth unpeated limited release from this famous Distillery,the oldest in the series so far. A batch made once a year, from unpeated malt, for blending in the “Highland Style”. From refill American Oak hogsheads. Bottled at 59.8% abv with limited availability worldwide. Fresh and…
Highland - 70cl / 51.9%
This Brora 34 Year Old is the sixteenth of a limited series of annual releases. Only 3,000 individually numbered bottles from refill American Oak hogsheads and refill European oak butts that were filled in 1982. A restrained Brora, with everything you’d want and hope to find in this legendary mal…
Highland - 70cl / 58.4%
The Blair Athol distillery was founded in 1798 and stands on a peaty moorland in the foothills of the Grampian mountains. The water souce for the distillery comes in the form of the "Burn of the Otter"; Allt Dour Burn. A limited edition, natural cask strength single malt.From the seldom seen Blair …
Port Dundas 28 Year Old -1988-Single Malt Scotch Whisky - Douglas Laing - Old Particular- Consortium of Cards Bottling - Release 3
Grain Whisky - 70cl / 50%
This is the third edition of a planned release of 4 Old Particular "Consortium of Cards" Collection for 2017 from those clever chaps in Glasgow. Port Dundas 28 year old distilled in October 1988 and bottled August 2017. Only 290 bottles worldwide. Tasting Notes:Its sherbety nose hints at the va…
Island - 70cl / 46%
On the west coast of the Isle of Arran lies a windswept and mystical peat bog called Machrie Moor. Bronze Age stone circles and standing stones are strewn across its barren, undulating terrain. One of the stone circles is known as Fingal’s Cauldron Seat, where sits a stone with a carved hole. The…
Island - 70cl / 58.5%
Coming Soon. Pre-Order Only! Image for illustration purposes only. This is this fourth release of Machrie Moor Peated Arran at cask strength 58.5%. A peating level of 20 PPM with only 10,500 bottles available worldwide. Tasting Notes Nose: Citrus notes with a background of peatand a puff of smok…
Speyside - 70cl / 63.2%
The Benriach Distillery nestles right in the Heart of Speyside. BenRiach 9 year old Peated/Port Cask is a new limited production released as part of this years Batch 14 Release. Distilled 18/03/2008 Bottled 06/2017 TASTING NOTES Colour: Polished mahogany. Nose : Red fruit compote and waves…