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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)
Highland - 70cl / 56.6%
Tullibardine - The Murray 2007 - Single Malt Scotch Whisky Matured in ex-bourbon barrels, the Murray (2007) boasts a tantalising array of aromas and flavours. Bottled at cask strength the whisky possesses notes of baked lemon meringue pie with vanilla ice cream with hints of desiccated coconut. To …
Campbeltown - 70cl / 46%
Kilkerran 16 Year Old - 2020 - Release - Single Malt Scotch Whisky Max 1 bottle per person! 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. Maturated in 100% Bo…
Speyside - 70cl / 56.9%
Mortlach 21 Year Old - 2020 Special Releases - Single Malt Scotch Whisky. This Mortlach was matured for rich distillery character in small batches then carefully finished in Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso-seasoned casks to build yet more levels of aroma and taste. At once smooth, sweet and savoury, the …
Speyside - 70cl / 55.1%
Singleton of Dufftown 17 Year Old - 2020 - Special Releases - Single Malt Scotch Whisky. An unusual age indeed, but none the less excellent example of The Singleton Dufftown. A first release purely from refill American Oak casks, this is a spicier expression of the smooth The Singleton Dufftown di…
Speyside - 70cl / 55.8%
Cragganmore 20 Year Old - Special Releases 2020 - Single Malt Scotch Whisky. A Cragganmore of this age has never been released from the distillery, making this elusive malt a much anticipated expression. In addition sweet and mellow woody notes emerge from this small batch, patiently matured ov…
Speyside - 70cl / 56%
Cardhu 11 Year Old - 2020 Special Releases - Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Clean, elegant and perfectly poised, this Cardhu was made in small batches and matured in refill casks, as well as new and ex-bourbon American oak, drawing out tones of floral sweetnes and spicy intensity in a playful exchange …
Highland - 70cl / 50.8%
Pittyvaich 30 Year Old - 2020 Special Releases - Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Introduced as part of the 2020 Special Release series, this bottling has existed longer than the distillery did. Established in 1975 and closed in 1993. Matured in refill and finished in first-fill ex-bourbon casks dee…
Islay - 70cl / 56.4%
Lagavulin 12 Year Old -2020 - Special Releases - Single Malt Scotch Whisky. We are now in to the 19th 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 56.4% abv with limited avai…