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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)
Islay - 70cl / 52.5%
An exciting new Bowmore has just arrived. Bowmore Vintner’s Trilogy 18 Year Old Double Matured Manzanilla is the first of the Vintner's Trilogy. As the world’s oldest scotch maturation house, Bowmore’s legendary No.1 Vaults is the birthplace of coveted and collectable whiskies including the …
Blended Whisky - 50cl / 40%
A recent addition to the Blenders' Batch series, Johnnie Walker's ongoing experiments with flavour, this is a mix of Speyside and Lowland whiskies that has been finished in Caribbean pot-still rum barrels. Introducing Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Rum Cask Finish. An experiment that saw the crea…
Blended Malt - 70cl / 52.1%
Introducing the first of a trio of very special limited editions from Big Peat. Douglas Laing & Co is thrilled to release BIG PEAT GOLD (25 YEAR OLD) December 2018 will see the release of Big Peat Platinum (26 year old) and December 2019 will be Big Peat Black (27 year old) Tasting Notes: Big Pe…
Blended Malt - 70cl / 46.8%
Timorous Beastie 10 Years Old Limited Edition Highland Malt Scotch Whisky. A very recent and rare offering from our friends, Douglas Laing & Co in Glasgow. Douglas Laing's Timorous Beastie 10 Year Old is a marriage of Single Malts from The Highlands displaying an elegant and refined taste. The or…
Blended Whisky - 70cl / 40%
Whyte & Mackay 30 Year Old blended whisky is very rich and well sherried. Sadly this whisky is no longer produced and we are down to our last few bottles.
Speyside - 70cl / 46.%
BenRiach Authenticus is the oldest expression in the heavily peated range. A richly peated malted barley is used as the cereal varietal to produce this fascinating peated single malt. Nose : A delightful balance of wild honey and peat combine perfectly with a touch of allspice. Distant soft fruits …
Island - 70cl / 59.2%
Ledaig (Pronounced "Led-Chig") is Gaelic for "Safe Haven" and refers to the original name for the area, with the idea being that once the sea-farers reached the harbour they would be safe from the fierce, West Coast seas. How does Ledaig Amontillado 13 Year Old get its complex, sweet and savoury…
Islay - 70cl / 46%
Lay claim to your own piece of Islay this festive season with this unique warehouse gift tin. Ardbeg 10yo is a very special bottling from Ardbeg distillery as it is the first non-chillfiltered whisky in the Ardbeg range. The nose is salty with peaty notes prominate. The palate is full-bodied and pe…was £49.99