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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 / 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…
Islay - 70cl / 59.1%
This is the thirteenth unpeated limited release from this famous Distillery A batch made once a year, with unpeated malt, for blending in the “Highland Style”. From refill and rejuvenated American Oak hogsheads and ex-bodega European oak butts. Bottled at 59.1% abv with limited availability wo…
Speyside - 70cl / 43%
T H E G L E N R O T H E S DISTILLED 1988 - BOTTLED 2014. This is now a highly sought after dram belonging to Berry Bros & Rudd ltd. The Character is rich candied orange peel and fruit compote. This vintage of Glenrothes 1988.Distilled - 16/12/1988Approved - 4/11/2008Bottled in 2014.
Grain Whisky - 70cl / 43.2%
Carsebridge 48 Year Old Single Grain is an extremely rare whisky from a closed distillery. Only 1,000 bottles are available worldwide. A truly fantastic and unique aged Grain whisky Distilled in 1970 and bottled in 2018 with an ABV of 43.2%,aged in Refill American oak hogsheads. Nose : Very …
Speyside - 70cl / 60%
The long awaited Glenfarclas 105 22 Year Old Limited Edition is almost here. The Glenfarclas 105 has long been a staff and client favourite of Robbie's Whisky Merchants and we are all waiting in anticipation to try this new release. The 22yo has been launched to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of t…
Islay - 70cl / 50%
2018 marks the arrival of the 8th Edition Kilchoman 100% Islay. Kilchoman’s 8th Edition 100% Islay limited edition is a vatting of 23 bourbon barrels and 7 oloroso sherry butts filled between 2008 and 2012, bottled at 50% ABV. The 100% Islay range is Kilchoman’s only expression which is dis…
Islay - 70cl / 42.6%
New Arrival from our friends in Glasgow, this Dram is a real Wows-er and cracking value! Distilled in February 1988 and bottled in August 2018 a bottling charged from one refill butt. One of only 271 bottles Nose: Opens with sweet sugar coated pear drops, lime and peach. Palate: Anticipate honey…