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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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  • Big Peat Blended Malt Scotch Whisky Christmas Edition 2019

    Blended Malt - 70cl / 53.7%

    The latest Christmas edition of Big Peat marks the ninth in the series. This cask strength, smoky snowstorm delivers the ultimate taste of Islay. Big Peat Christmas 2019 packs an appropriately big peated punch, showing all sorts of maritime qualities like ferry engine rooms, tarry ropes, rock pool…

     
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  • Bruichladdich The Organic 2010 Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 50%

    Bruichladdich The Organic 2010 Single Vintage Expression Single estate Organic Single Malt. Mid Coul Farms, Dalcross. The very first barley exploration experiment was in 2003 with organically grown barley. The organic movement was in its infancy and viewed with scepticism but the idea of barley gr…

     
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  • Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2010 Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 50%

    Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2010Barley from Weyland and Watersfield, Quoyberstane, Northfield & Richmond Villa Farms Bere Barley is a six-row heritage variety that has long since been forgotten from the modern world of standardised whisky making. Distilled in 2010 at Bruichladdich on the Isle of Isl…

     
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  • Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2011 - Coull, Rockside, Island, Mulindry, Starchmill, Cruach Farms - Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 50%

    Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2011 is a single malt whisky distilled from barley grown by six farms on this remote Scottish island. Nose: From the outset this is overtly floral and fruity. Slow distillation yet again brings out the best from the Islay grown Barley, the abundance of soft fruit notes an…

     
    £49.99 inc. VAT
  • Kilchoman 2010 Vintage Release - 9 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 48%

    Kilchoman 2010 Vintage Release - 9 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Kilchoman, Islay’s Farm Distillery, have released their new single vintage 9 year old single malt, the most mature expression to be released by the Islay distillery since its establishment in 2005.The Limited Edition 2010 Vinta…

     
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  • Bruichladdich Octomore Edition: 10.1/ 107 PPM - 5 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 59.8%

    This is one of the most recent editions of the now famous Octomore Range, aged for 5 years in first fill American oak casks from Jim Beam, Heaven Hill, Buffalo Trace and Jack Daniels. Distilled in 2013, using 100% Scottish grown concerto barley. 59.8% ABV and 107 ppm. Tasting Notes Colour : Pale …

     
    £125.00 inc. VAT
  • Tomintoul 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Gift Pack

    Speyside - 70cl / 40%

    Tomintoul 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Gift Pack. The multi award winning Tomintoul Distillery have released their first 18 year old single malt, cleverly incorporating this excellent whisky into a gift pack containing two Tomintoul branded glass tumblers to allow you full enjoyment of thi…

     
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  • Bruichladdich Octomore Edition: 10.3/ 114 PPM - 6 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 61.3%

    This is the most recent edition of the now famous Octomore Range, aged for 6 years in ex-American oak. Distilled in 2013, using 100% Scottish barley from the 2012 harvest of farmer James Brown. 61.3% ABV and 114 ppm. Tasting Notes Colour : Pale Straw. Character : Marine freshness, Islay air and …

     
    £169.00 inc. VAT
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