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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 / 43%
Linkwood Distillery stand on the River Lossie close to Elgin in Speyside. The distillery has retained its traditional atmosphere since its establishment in 1821. Linkwood 12 year old is one of the finest single malt scotch whiskies available. Full bodied with a hint of sweetness and a slightly smo…
Speyside - 70cl / 48%
Glenlivet Code is another mysterious single malt Scotch whisky from the legendary distillery. Presented in a premium opaque black bottle, The Glenlivet Code is crafted from specially selected casks that have never before been used by the Glenlivet. Code will offer a totally new flavour experience, …
Islay - 70cl / 46.3%
A relatively new offering from the Bunnahabhain Distillery. Toiteach A Dha means 'smoky two' in Gaelic and coming from a distillery famed for its lighter fruity Islay style this one is well worth trying.This is a sequel to the original peaty paradox on Bunnahabhain’s gentle single malt. With tou…
Island - 70cl / 50%
A lovely Arran Single Cask from Hunter Laing & Co bottled under their much respected Old Malt Cask Range. Only 257 bottles charged from a Refill Hogshead. Distilled May 1999 and bottled May 2015. Nose : Sweet vanilla, stewed prunes and raspberry notes. Palate : Creamy with vanilla, red berries a…
Campbeltown - 70cl / 48.4%
A truly outstanding Springbank 18 Year Old from the Douglas Laing Old Particular Range. Distilled in October 1996 and bottled February 2015 deeming only 360 bottles charged from a Refill Butt. Nose: Warmingly spiced with intense heathery, leathery tones, bran and macerated fruits. Palate: Malt ab…
Speyside - 70cl / 57.9%
Very Rare! A cracking UK Exclusive Single Cask Glendronach 24 year old aged in an Sherry Butt, deeming only 556 Bottles. Distilled 19/03/1993 Bottled 2018 Nose : Dried apricot, treacle and ripe fig. Palate : Warm spice and Garam Masala are followed by plump raisins and pickled ginger.Enticing g…
Campbeltown - 70cl / 56.2%
A limited Edition of 8,580 bottles. 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…
Highland - 70cl / 46%
A very exciting and limited series of Tomatin. Only 6000 bottles available worldwide. Since 1897 Tomatin have been combining soft mountain water with tender local barley, introducing it to tall copper stills and - following years of maturation in oak casks - collecting the mellow, fruity spirit. A…