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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)
Speyside - 35cl / 40%
Image of 70cl for illustration purposes only! On the nose this whisky is rounded with lovely softness. Hints of hazelnut and candied peel. The palate is full-flavoured, nutty with spicy overtones. The finish is very long and gentle.
Island - 70cl / 40%
Originally created exclusively for Duty Free! One of the most important figures in the history of the Vikings, HARALD was central to the founding of the Orkney Earldom. As King of Norway, he was famed for his mighty army, which gained recognition (and instilled fear) across the world. A combinatio…
Islay - 70cl / 61.2%
A well-respected brand in Scotland, a unique and quirky Islay Single Malt Scotch whisky made the old fashioned way. This dram may well need more than a pipette of water! A ‘valuable’ addition to any whisky collection, ‘As We Get It’ is bottled straight from the cask in the traditional manne…
Blended Malt - 70cl / 46.8%
A very recent and rare offering from our friends, Douglas Laing & Co in Glasgow is a wonderful blended malt whisky. Hot on the tail of the Timorous Beastie 21 years old is the the 18 years old Limited Edition. Douglas Laing's Timorous Beastie is a marriage of Single Malts from The Highlands displa…
Blended Malt - 70cl / 57.4%
Introducing Douglas Laing’s Rock Oyster Cask Strength; the super-charged partner to the original Rock Oyster bottled at 57.4% ABV. Containing the finest Malt Whiskies from Scotland's Whisky Islands, including those distilled on Islay, Arran, Orkney and Jura, this Limited Edition delivers a massive…
Island - 70cl / 52.6%
The Isle of Arran Distillery was established in Lochranza on the north-west tip of the Isle of Arran in1995 and the first spirit flowed from the stills on 29th June of the same year. To celebrate the milestone of the 21st Anniversary in 2016, Master Distiller James MacTaggart has handpicked a se…
Speyside - 70cl / 58.7%
T H E G L E N R O T H E S 2000 A limited Edition of only 575 bottles. Batch 1 On 28th December 1879 the first spirit flowed from the stills at Glenrothes Distillery; it quickly became – and remains – highly sought-after by Master Blenders as an enhancer, adding character and backbone to m…
Speyside - 70cl / 47.4%
T H E G L E N R O T H E S 1 9 7 6 Distilled 26th February 1976 A limited Edition of only 238 bottles. Batch 1 On 28th December 1879 the first spirit flowed from the stills at Glenrothes Distillery; it quickly became – and remains – highly sought-after by Master Blenders as an enhancer, ad…