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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)
Blended Whisky - 50cl / 43%
Compass Box Artist's Blend Blended Scotch Whisky. A heavenly union of robust, complex Highland malt whiskies and delicate Lowland grain. The style is rich, round and fruity with hints of toasty oak, vanilla and spice
Longmorn 15 Year Old Vintage 2003 Single Malt Scotch Whisky - Old Particular Single Cask Bottling #13067
Speyside - 70cl / 48.4%
Longmorn 15 Year Old Vintage 2003 Single Malt Scotch Whisky - Old Particular Single Cask Bottling Cask #13067. The nose is attractively sweet, orange and crunchy ginger biscuits with coconut shavings. The palate is super sweet, with fresh citrus, juicy barley, cocoa and ripe tangerine. The finish…
Highland - 70cl / 46%
Inchmoan 12 Year Old - Loch Lomond Island Collection - Single Malt Scotch Whisky. This superb Inchmoan 12 Year Old Single Malt is a mixture of malt whiskies from the distilleries traditional swan neck pot still. The unique straight neck still creates a peaty character with real depth combining sp…
Highland - 70cl / 49%
Tomatin 1977 Highland Single Malt - Warehouse 6 Collection. Cask number 38863 has been lying peacefully in Warehouse 6 since being filled on September 27th, 1977. Time has been well spent gently and slowly maturing this precious spirit in a hand selected Sauterne Hogshead until at long last bottlin…
Island - 70cl / 62.1%
The Arran Ambassador's Dram 11 Year Old - Moscatel Cask - Release 3 - Single Malt Scotch Whisky #Cask 08/278. In 2016 Robin Russell was proudly selected as the first UK retailer to become an Arran Malt Ambassador. This special accolade recognises his great support and efforts over the past 24 yea…
Speyside - 70cl / 40%
Tomintoul 15 year old Peaty tang is a relatively new addition to the already excellent core range Nose: Gentle heathery smoke balanced with creamy sweet tones and oaky spice. Flavour: Conspicuous smokiness moderated by soft Speyside malt and gentle spice. Finish: Soft, smoky and prolonged with a …
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 18 Year Old is un-chillfiltered and bottled at 46% vol . Nose: Pineapple and banana bond with ma…
Islay - 70cl / 54.7%
Kilchoman Founders Cask Release 2 This is the second in the Founders Cask series, bespoke to the UK. There will be 5 single cask releases in total, over the next 5 years, each cask chosen by a different member of the founding Wills family. For this second release, the cask was selected by George Wi…