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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 / 46%
A very exciting and limited series of Tomatin. Only 6000 bottles available worldwide. Since 1897 Tomatin have been combining soft mountain water with tender local barley, introducing it to tall copper stills and - following years of maturation in oak casks - collecting the mellow, fruity spirit. A…
Speyside - 70cl / 48.7%
IF ORDERED FROM OUTSIDE THE EU THIS BOTTLE WILL INCUR AN ADDITIONAL CHARGE DUE TO THE SIZE AND WEIGHT OF THE WOODEN BOX PRESENTATION.(Please note that you will be contacted with this seperate charge). This is the 9th Grandeur bottling deeming only 1487 very rare bottles. The GlenDronach Grande…
Speyside - 70cl / 43.%
The Macallan Double Cask is a new age statement expression that is matured in a combination of American and European Sherry Oak for at the very least 12 years. NoseCreamy butterscotch with a hint of toffee,candied orange and newly felled oak.PalateDeliciously honeyed, wood spices and citrus.Finish …
Speyside - 70cl / 40%
This classic Macallan 12 year old is much sought after and rightly so. Matured in selected Sherry and Bourbon oak casks NoseComplex with a hint of fruit and heather honeyPalateMedium, balanced with fruit, oak and spiceFinishLingering with dried fruits, oak and spice Limited stock!
Speyside - 70cl / 43%
This classic Macallan 15 year old is much sought after and rightly so. Matured in selected Sherry and Bourbon oak casks NoseSublime and full with a hint of rose and cinnamon.PalateIntense rich chocolate with a hint of orange and raisin.FinishLingering with a hint of chocolate, orange and dried…
Island - 70cl / 52.9%
Highland Park The Dark is a limited Edition of 28,000 bottles worldwide and is a rich and powerful expression of Highland Park, matured in sherry seasoned European oak casks to deliver a distinctively deep flavour. It is a celebration of autumn and winter on Orkney; a time to escape from the wild…
Springbank Distillery - 70cl / 56.3%
This is the latest release of Springbank 12 Year Old Cask Strength for 2018. A mix of 70% Sherry & 30% Bourbon casks. Nose : A very sweet beginning of glazed cherries, coconut and marzipan combined with soft notes of treacle, cloves and honeycomb. Palate : A beautiful balance between vanilla a…
Islay - 70cl / 58.7%
This is the most recent edition of the now famous Octomore Range, aged for 8 years in first fill American and virgin oak. Distilled in 2009, using 100% Scottish barley from the 2008 harvest. 58.7% ABV and 170 ppm. Only 12,000 bottles worldwide. The effect of virgin oak on whisky can be dramatic. …