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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.

These were;

  • Highlands
  • Lowlands
  • Islay
  • Campbeltown

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;

  • Highlands
  • Lowlands
  • Islay
  • Campbeltown
  • Speyside
  • Islands (Unoffical, part of the Highlands)

 

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  • Littlemill 25 Year Old - XOP- Douglas Laing & Co Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Lowland - 70cl / 50.9%

    Another very rare Single Cask of Littlemill presented in the new XOP packaging from our friends Douglas Laing & Co, Glasgow. Littlemill,established in 1772 , is possibly one of Scotland's oldest distilleries. It lies on the border between the Highlands and Lowland regions, but is classed as Lowland…

     
    £199.00 inc. VAT
  • Port Ellen 33 Year Old - XOP Douglas Laing & Co Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 55.6%

    A very rare single cask bottling Port Ellen single malt Scotch whisky,independently bottled by those clever lads and lassies in Glasgow-Douglas Laing & Co. This was distilled in 1982, a year before the distillery closed its doors for the final time, and matured in a refill hogshead for 33 years befo…

     
    £1399.00 inc. VAT
  • Balvenie Peat Week 14 Year Old-2002 Vintage - Release 1 Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Speyside - 70cl / 48.3%

      The Balvenie Peat Week Aged 14 Years (2002 Vintage) is the result of trials undertaken in 2001 by The Balvenie Malt Master David C. Stewart MBE and former distillery manager Ian Millar. At a time when few Speyside distilleries were using peat in production, The Balvenie decided to distil a batc…

     
    £59.99 inc. VAT
  • Spey Trutina Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Speyside - 20cl / 46%

    Image of 70cl for illustration purposes only! A recent release! Spey Trutina is one of the two latest additions to the Spey Latin Collection. Trutina is Latin for natural. Colour: Pale gold, white wine. Nose: A light nose, with an initial savoury top note on a fruity base, developing floral n…

     
    £16.99 inc. VAT
  • Spey Trutina Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Speyside - 70cl / 46%

    A recent release! Spey Trutina is one of the two latest additions to the Spey Latin Collection. Trutina is Latin for natural. Colour: Pale gold, white wine. Nose: A light nose, with an initial savoury top note on a fruity base, developing floral notes. Clean and fresh - even more so with a dro…

     
    £39.99 inc. VAT
  • Spey Fumare Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Speyside - 20cl / 46%

    Image of 70cl for illustration purposes only! A recent release! Spey Fumare is one of the two latest additions to the Spey Latin Collection. Fumare is Latin for Smoky. Colour: Full gold, Vintage Champagne. Nose: A distinctly medicinal aroma on a fresh maritime base of salt air, iodine and seawe…

     
    £16.99 inc. VAT
  • Spey Fumare Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Speyside - 70cl / 46%

    A recent release! Spey Fumare is one of the two latest additions to the Spey Latin Collection. Fumare is Latin for Smoky. Colour: Full gold, Vintage Champagne. Nose: A distinctly medicinal aroma on a fresh maritime base of salt air, iodine and seaweed. Flavour: Sweet and lightly salty, with a s…

     
    £39.99 inc. VAT
  • Spey Tenné Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Speyside - 20cl / 46%

    Image of 70cl for illustration purposes only! Using freshly emptied Tawny Port casks from a small family run winery, Quinto do Filoco, this is a multi-vintage bottling with a minimum age of 8 years old. Initially aged in Bourbon casks, this bottling has been finished in the Tawny Port casks for 6 m…

     
    £16.99 inc. VAT
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