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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 Malt - 70cl / 46%
MacNair's Lum Reek Peated 12 Year Old. This blended malt heralds from GlenAllachie Distillery and is another triumph created by Billy Walker. Introducing the first age range statement from MacNair’s, the Lum Reek 12 years old, bottled at 46% ABV, reflects Billy Walker’s vast experience as a bl…
Blended Malt - 70cl / 48%
MacNair's Lum Reek Peated 21 Year Old. This blended malt heralds from GlenAllachie Distillery and is another triumph created by Billy Walker. A blend of some of the finest Islay and Speyside peated malts combined with richer, older GlenAllachie, the Lum Reek 21 years old was aged in Oloroso, Virgi…
Japanese - 70cl / 43%
Hibiki Harmony Blended Japanese Whisky Hibiki is a blend of numerous malt and grain whiskies from Suntory's Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita Distilleries. Colour: Amber. Nose: Rose, lychee, hint of rosemary, mature woodiness, sandalwood. Palate: Honey like sweetness, candied orange peel, white ch…
World Whiskey - 70cl / 43%
This is a medium-bodied whisky with multiple layers of fruit and Mizanura aromas. Colour: Gold. Nose: Strawberry, cherry, Mizunara (Japanese oak). Palate: Raspberry, white peach, touch of coconut. Finish: Raspberry, white peach, touch of coconut. Distillery Tasting Notes.
Campbeltown - 70cl / 51.3%
Glen Scotia Rum Cask Finish - Campbeltown Festival 2019. This is a very unusual Glen Scotia which has been matured for 15 years and finished in a rum puncheon, before being bottled to celebrate the 2019 Campbeltown Festival. This fabulous peated Glen Scotia malt was matured in refill American oak…
Speyside - 70cl / 43%
Macallan 15 year old Triple Cask Matured is much sought after and rightly so. Matured in a combination of European and American sherry seasoned oak casks and American ex-bourbon oak casks Nose : Sublime and full with a hint of rose and cinnamon. Palate : Intense rich chocolate with a hint of …
Speyside - 70cl / 46%
This Macduff has been aged for 8 years in a single Refill Hogshead and bottled at 46% alc./vol. Distilled June 2011 - Bottled June 2019. Only 375 bottles. Nose: Poached strawberries with creamy cereal and a touch of citrus zest. Flavour: Barley-rich and mouth-coating with coconut cream and warm …was £35.99
Speyside - 70cl / 46%
This Craigellachie has been aged for 8 years in a single Bourbon Cask and bottled at 46% alc./vol. Distilled May 2011 - Bottled June 2019. Only 324 bottles. Nose: Sweet vanilla, fresh lime, Malted barley and banana peel Flavour: Rich and honeyed with a full mouthfeel of milk chocolate and soft s…was £35.99