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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 / 58.7%
This is the most recent edition of the now famous Octomore Range, aged for 8 years in first fill American and virgin oak. Distilled in 2009, using 100% Scottish barley from the 2008 harvest. 58.7% ABV and 170 ppm. Only 12,000 bottles worldwide. The effect of virgin oak on whisky can be dramatic. …
Highland - 70cl / 46%
This is the ninth release from the Glenmorangie Private Edition Range. Glenmorangie Spios -The Story. Glenmorangie’s first single malt whisky fully matured in American ex-rye whiskey casks is the ninth release in the Highland Distillery’s acclaimed Private Edition series.With its uniquely savo…
Glen Moray 1992 - 24 Year Old Single Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky | Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Limited Edition
Speyside - 70cl / 49.8%
A fantastic example of a Single Bourbon Cask Glen Moray bottled at 24 years old and representing great value for money. Cask: Hogshead Distillation Date: 19/06/92 Bottling Date: 19/09/16 260 Bottles.
Benrinnes 1995 - 22 Year Old Single Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky | Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Limited Edition
Speyside - 70cl / 54.9%
A superb dram from a distillery that is not initially recognised as a major player, but in our opinion a classic. Cask: Hogshead Distillation Date: 20/09/95 Bottling Date: 24/08//17 255 Bottles.
Islay - 70cl / 41.7%
Released in 2017 this is the third annual version of Laphroaig's limited edition aged releases. In 2015, to celebrate its 200th anniversary, Laphroaig launched a 32 Year Old exclusive – the highest aged whisky it had released in over 8 years. In 2016, Laphroaig 30 Year Old was launched and in…
Speyside - 70cl / 46%
Distilled in Glentauchers distillery in 1996 and matured in two Bourbon Barrels before bottling in 2016. A strict, limited release of only 550 bottles from 2 casks.
Islay - 70cl / 48.7%
Blended Whisky - 50cl / 40%
A recent addition to the Blenders' Batch series, Johnnie Walker's ongoing experiments with flavour, this is a mix of Speyside and Lowland whiskies that has been finished in Caribbean pot-still rum barrels. Introducing Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Rum Cask Finish. An experiment that saw the crea…