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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 / 56.%
In Stock and selling fast! We are delighted to introduce BenRiach Peated Cask Strength Batch 1. A number of years ago the distillery defied convention and added peat to a proportion of their spirit, returning to the original Speyside character and flavour of malts typical of the nineteenth century…
Island - 70cl / 45.2%
Highland Park Fire is a limited Edition of 28,000 bottles worldwide and the conclusion of this latest limited release series from Highland Park which started last year with Highland Park Ice. Highland Park Fire Edition is a special release 15 year old single malt which has been matured in 100% re…
Highland - 70cl / 40%
A much anticipated dram. Tucked away on the edge of the River Livet, the small group of skilled, time-served craftsmen and women at Tamnavulin Distillery began creating their signature Speyside malt over 50 years ago using the finest ingredients combined with age-old distilling expertise and sophis…
Lowland - 70cl / 40%
Bladnoch Distillery have introduced a brand new blended whisky to the market, crafted under the stewardship of Head Distiller Ian McMillan. The Pure Scot is a blend of around 20 different Scotch whiskies, including a six-year-old from Bladnoch.
Speyside - 70cl / 40%
Tomintoul Single Malt has a typical Speyside style and is known in the industry as "The Gentle Dram" it is a wonderfully soft and well-balanced whisky. Tlath Single Malt is the result of a very careful selection of individual casks. The hand chosen collection consists of whiskies of varios ages m…
Highland - 70cl / 40%
Presented in a Special Edition Tin in aid of The Glasgow School Of Art, Mackintosh Appeal. Glengoyne is one of the few distilleries that uses absolutely no peat to dry their malted barley, instead simply using air. They also have the slowest distillation process, resulting in a beautifully smooth a…
Island - 70cl / 55.1%
In 2016 Robin Russell was proudly selected as the first UK retailer to become an Arran Malt Ambassador. This special accolade recognises his great support and efforts over the past 20 years in promoting The Arran Malt brand on both a personal and professional level. Robin has specially chosen this s…
Lowland - 70cl / 46.7%
Coming Soon! Bladnoch Adela is a 15 Year Old Single Malt which has just recently been released as a tribute to the rebirth of this 200 year old distillery. Described as rich, noble and ultra smooth this dram is full bodied and matured in Oloroso casks for a warm, sweet sherry flavour. For a disti…