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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)
Island - 70cl / 48%
Provenance "The Coastal Collection" is a limited edition Single Cask series of four bottlings honouring Scotland’s Whisky islands and the seas that surround them. The Collection's fourth and last release is this Talisker 8 Years Old Single Cask bottling which has spent its life maturing in a refil…
Speyside - 70cl / 46%
A great new presentation of the Provenance Range from our friends Douglas Laing. This Auchroisk has been aged for 10 years in a single refill hogshead and bottled at 46% alc./vol representing great value for money. Nose: A candy floss sweetness with buttery home baking and damp oak. Flavour: Toas…was £39.99
Island - 70cl / 53.5%
Jura Rare Vintage 1988.An exclusive 30 year old single malt released as part of the Rare Vintage Series. Matured over decades, the Jura Rare Vintage 1988 discovery malt captures the full depth of character of Jura. This rare spirit first matured in small batch Bourbon barrels delivers the perfect h…
Highland - 70cl / 46.3%
Deanston 18yo Batch 3 was originally laid down in hogshead casks, then transferred into carefully selected first fill Kentucky Bourbon Casks.Nose : Quite aromatic with balanced American oak notes. Floral, malty, grassy, vanilla and honey with hints of tobacco and nutmeg. Palate : Sweet and spicy, c…was £79.99
Islay - 70cl / 54.9%
A brand new Limited Edition offering from the Bunnahabhain Distillery! The 1997 Palo Cortado Cask Finish. After spending 19 years slowly mellowing by the sea in traditional oak whisky casks, this delectable Bunnahabhain was then finished for almost two more years in rare Palo Cortado sherry casks…
Lowland - 50cl / 46.0%
1770 Release No.1 Glasgow Single Malt Scotch Whisky. This single malt heralds the return of whisky making to Glasgow. Handcrafted in traditional copper pot stills using the finest malted barley with water sourced from Loch Katrine. Matured in ex-bourbon casks and finished in virgin oak. 1770 Glasgo…
Island - 70cl / 53.8%
The Arran Single Malt selected for The Bothy was initially matured in first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels before being transferred for secondary maturation into smaller casks also made of the finest American oak for a minimum of 18 months. This process produces far greater contact between the whisky & oa…
Speyside - 70cl / 46.3%
Glen Moray Cider Cask Project is the first expression of the new Glen Moray Curiosity range, this UK exclusive release of 2,000 bottles is the fruit of a truly Scottish collaboration between Glen Moray and Thistly Cross Cider. Ex-Glen Moray casks were sent to Dunbar to age Thistly Cross Cider, then…