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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)
Linkwood 11 Year Old - Amontillado Sherry Cask Finish -Single Malt Scotch Whisky - James Eadie - Cask 804779
Speyside - 70cl / 54.9%
Linkwood 11 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Finish: 11 months in first fill European Oak Amontillado Sherry HogsheadCask #804779Distilled: 2007Bottled: 2019Cask Strength: 54.9% vol. Nose: The crispness of the sherry cask combines beautifully with the floral spirit, as stewed apples,…
Blair Athol 11 Year Old - Malmsey Madeira Cask Finish -Single Malt Scotch Whisky - James Eadie - Cask 3886
Highland - 70cl / 58.4%
Blair Athol 11 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Finish: 11 months in first fill American Oak Malmsey Madeira HogsheadCask #3886Distilled: 2007Bottled: 2019Cask Strength: 58.4% vol. Nose: Creamy and nutty, with an initial burst of peanut butter accompanied with caramel, dark chocolate an…
Linkwood 11 Year Old - Pedro Ximenez Sherry Cask Finish -Single Malt Scotch Whisky - James Eadie - Cask 804776
Speyside - 70cl / 57.3%
Linkwood 11 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Finish: 10 months in first fill European Oak Pedro Ximénez Sherry HogsheadCask #804776Distilled: 2007Bottled: 2019Cask Strength: 57.3% vol. Nose: Crunchy, rich caramelised almonds are joined by dusted icing sugar, lime, pressed apple and …
Islay - 70cl / 46%
Caol Ila 9yo Single Malt Scotch Whisky- Small Batch. Wood: Refill hogsheadsCasks #314152, 314165 & 315013Distilled: 2009Bottled: 201946% vol. Nose: Sweet peat and brine rush out of the glass, before waves of vanilla, crème fraiche, lime cordial and liquorice root emerge. Taste: The sweetness o…
Speyside - 70cl / 55.6%
Benrinnes 13yo Single Malt Scotch Whisky Finish: 11 months in first fill European Oak Marsala HogsheadCask #307051Distilled: 2005Bottled: 2019Cask Strength: 55.6% vol. Nose: Sultanas, prunes and passito raisin wine merge with softer notes of rose petals and red berries. Water brings out rich…
Speyside - 70cl / 56.1%
Benrinnes 13yo Single Malt Scotch Whisky Finish: 11 months in first fill European Oak Bual Madeira HogsheadCask #307046Distilled: 2005Bottled: 2019Cask Strength: 56.1% vol. Nose: Strawberries and raspberries are joined by oranges, fresh grapefruit peel, honey, icing sugar and a touch of vani…
Grain Whisky - 70cl / 54.4%
Cameronbridge 21 year old Single Grain Scotch Whisky Wood: Refill hogsheadCask #75792Distilled: 1997Bottled: 2018Cask strength: 54.4% vol. Tasting Notes: Nose : Fresh and summery – cut grass, hay, ripe banana and new leather are all present, with a hint of rhum agricole, phenol and brine ad…
Blended Malt - 70cl / 46%
MacNair's Lum Reek Peated Blended Malt Scotch Whisky. This blended malt heralds from GlenAllachie Distillery and is another triumph created by Billy Walker. This is the perfect introduction into the Lum Reek range – a peated blended malt Scotch whisky, Master Distiller Billy Walker has combined …