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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 / 49.5%
A brand new Limited Edition offering from the Bunnahabhain Distillery! The Story Established in 1881 and built close to the Mouth of the Margadale river, Bunnahabhain means Mouth of The River in Gaelic. Bunnahabhain is the only distillery on Islay to produce whisky using pure spring water. Most …
BenRiach 19 Year Old - Dark - Rum - Finish -1997 - UK Exclusive - Cask - 8634 - Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Speyside - 70cl / 50.8%
The Benriach Distillery nestles right in the Heart of Speyside. BenRiach 19 year old 1997 Dark Rum Finish is a new limited release and exclusive to the UK market. Cask No 8634 Distilled 4/7/1997 Bottled Nov 2016. Single Cask deeming only 266 Bottles. Nose: Caramelised sugar over roasted …
BenRiach 22 Year Old - Peated - Bourbon - Barrel -1994 - UK Exclusive - Cask - 2859 - Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Speyside - 70cl / 52.7%
The Benriach Distillery nestles right in the Heart of Speyside. BenRiach 22 year old 1994 Peated is a new limited release and exclusive to the UK market. Cask No 2859 Distilled 15/7/1994 Bottled Nov 2016. Single Cask deeming only 271 Bottles. Nose: Burning heather smoke flows over green …
Speyside - 70cl / 53.2%
Very Rare! A cracking UK Exclusive Single Cask Glendronach 22 year old aged in an Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon, deeming only 660 Bottles. Nose: Mixed peel and stem ginger syrup give a fresh balance to dark raisins and sour plums. Flavour: Rich dark chocolate floods over richly stewed plums and…
Blended Malt - 70cl / 46%
Phenomenology: Concept Phenomenology and whisky. What, you may wonder, is the connection? Phenomenology is a way of thinking about ourselves and the very personal, subjective nature of experience. It’s a school of thought in psychology that focuses on phenomena, or, the experiences that we get f…
Blended Malt - 70cl / 48.9%
No Name: Concept. Compass Box recently acquired a parcel of casks of mature, heavy-peated single malt whisky from a distillery located along Pier Road, in the Southeast of the island of Islay. This was a parcel of American oak barrels filled with massively peaty malt whisky — tarry and full of bo…
Islay - 70cl / 50%
Bruichladdich The Organic 2009 Single Vintage Expression Single estate Organic Single Malt. Mid Coul Farms, Culblair Estate. The very first barley exploration experiment was in 2003 with organically grown. Theorganic movement was in its infancy and viewed with scepticism but the idea of barley gro…
Islay - 70cl / 50%
Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2008. Islay Grown Dunlossit Estate. Bere is the ancient land-race from which the illegal spirit uisge beatha was distilled back in the 18th century and from which modern whisky was to evolve. Distilled in 2008 at Bruichladdich on the Isle of Islay, the grain for this rel…