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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 / 43%
The 2006 Vintage of Caol Ila's entry in Diageo's Distillers' Edition range. Their usual smoky malt has an additional depth of sweetness and sophistication having spent the last run of its maturation period in sweet moscatel wine casks.
Highland - 70cl / 46%
The Glencadam distillery is nestled between the home of the local football club, Brechin and a municipal cemetery! Thankfully the whisky is just as interesting as the distillery's location. Glencadam Distillery has released this rare 13 year old expression which we think is a fabulous dram Rare …
Island - 70cl / 47.2%
EXPLORERS SERIES REL II ‘LOCHRANZA CASTLE’ The Arran Explorers Series is a collection of limited edition expressions of The Arran Single Malt. Each edition celebrates the outstanding scenic beauty and diversity of nature on the Isle of Arran. Matured in Sherry Hogshead and finished Amontillad…
Highland - 70cl / 46.5%
Continuing Dalmore's experiments with casks from around the world, this port wood reserve is an indulgent smooth single malt matured in American white oak ex-bourbon casks and aged Tawny Port pipes. Nose: Sweet red berries, Seville oranges, plummy fruits and sticky toffee pudding. Palate: Nectarin…
Lowland - 50cl / 46.0%
1770 Glasgow Single Malt Scotch Whisky - 2019 Release. This Distillery heralds the return of whisky making to Glasgow and we are delighted to offer the second release. Handcrafted in traditional copper pot stills using the finest malted barley with water sourced from Loch Katrine. Matured in first…
Highland - 70cl / 43%
Due to the weight and dimensions of this bottle and box presentation a HEAVY PACKAGE SUPPLEMENT will be added when shipping outside the UK. Please contact us before purchasing and we will advise on cost. This is the Luxury end of the Glenmorangie Range. The fourth release from Glenmorangie's Bond …
Islay - 70cl / 46%
This is the eighth annual Loch Gorm Single Malt to be released by Kilchoman. Each release is differentiated by the distillation and bottling dates on the front of the bottle and gift carton.Kilchoman’s Loch Gorm releases are traditionally matured in ex Oloroso sherry casks from the renowned bodega…
Island - 70cl / 50%
The Arran Côte-Rôtie Cask Finish is the latest welcome addition to the distilleries ever growing range. A very limited edition for 2019.After initially maturing in traditional oak casks the Arran Single Malt in this bottling was specifically selected by James MacTaggart the Master Distiller to b…