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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 - 70cl / 52.4%
Lots of firsts with this interesting Strathmill 25 Year Old! This is the first extra matured bottling to be made by the original distillers, also the first in this series of Special Editions. Only 2,700 bottles worldwide. Appearance: The clear, bright gold of watery sunlight. Delicate pin-point b…
Highland - 70cl / 54.9%
This is the first release of a series of Clynelish. Selected from casks that have been aged for at least fifteen years.Only 2,964 numbered bottles worldwide. Appearance: Clean, bright yellow-gold with fine viscosity. Nose: Immediate and complex, with a joyous freshness. First, sweet waxy honeycomb …
Speyside - 70cl / 46%
The name Longmorn is said to derive from an old Scottish word meaning "place of the holy man". produced near Elgin,this malt whisky is highly respected for its smooth, complex full character and heady bouquet. The primary aromas give yellow fruit skins and honey. There is some underlying spice to e…
Islay - 70cl / 48.6%
A fine examle from this famous Islay Distillery. The nose is seaweedy and oily. Big palate with mouth puckering dried peat ,burning incense,soot,ash and smoke. The finish is oily rags,charcoal,burnt logs and a wee bit caramelised sugar and spices. Delicious and tantalising for all you peat freak…
Bin Ends - 70cl / 40%
This Limited edition 15 year old was released in 1999 to commemorate the late Bill McLaren's ultimate team. There is a book enclosed detailing his chosen international XV from 1987-1999. This was a rather unusual bottle to be released back in the noughties. The product presentation may show some …
Whisky Decanters - 70cl / 43%
A Wade ceramic decanter produced to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Sheep 1991.
Whisky Decanters - 70cl / 40%
Wade ceramic decanter to celebrate the birth of Prince Henry
Whisky Decanters - 70cl / 40%
A collectable Wade ceramic decanter containing Bell's Blended whisky celebrating Christmas 1999