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Scotch Whisky

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  • Benromach Peat Smoke 70cl
    At Benromach Distillery we source batches of heavily peated barley that varies from year to year. Bringing out different batches of Benromach Peat Smoke allows the discerning whisky drinker assess how differing peating levels complement the unique Benromach distillery character. Benromach Peat Sm...
    £35.99
  • Glencadam 1991 Connoisseurs Choice 46% 70cl
    Glencadam has been in production since 1825 and extensively modernised in the 1960's with most of the production going into Ballantines and cream of Barely blended whisky. It has now found favour as a single malt with many awards following. This expression has been matured in first fill bourbon b...
    £127.00
  • Caol Ila 2004 Connoisseurs Choice 46% 70cl
    This newly bottled Caol Ila has been matured in a First Fill Bourbon casks and bottled under the Connoiseurs Choice label in 2015. Cured meat notes on the nose with a sweet palate of pear and orange backed by bonfirme peat smoke.
    £42.99
  • Tomatin 1996 Connoisseurs Choice 46% 70cl
    Tomatin was the first Scottish Distillery to be wholly owned by a Japenese company. As late as 1956 there were only 2 stills in operation, but by 1973 there were 11 in total - 6 wash and 5 spirit stills. Then in a major expansion programme the capacity was boosted to 23 stills, making Toma...
    £64.99
  • Benromach Tripled Distilled 2009 50% 70cl
    Distilled three times which is once more than the norm at Benromach distillery, this Speyside malt has been aged in First Fill Bourbon casks until bottling in 2017. It is light and delicate with fruity aromas and hints of vanilla. The palate is savoury with pepper and hints of citrus lime followe...
    £45.99
  • Ma2 Elements of Islay 55.2% 50cl
    This is the second release of Ma2 in the Elements of Islay range. Matured in first fill bourbon casks, distilled in 2004 and bottled at cask strength 55.2. Margadale is a peated version of Bunnahabhain which shows the strong flavour profile with sweet fruits and rich smoke notes.
    £57.99
  • Bowmore No.1 Malt 40% 70cl
    This is a new Whisky from Isle of Islay Distillery Bowmore. No.1 refers to the vaults where the malt is aged and this expression has been aged in First Fill Bourbon casks which gives sweet vanilla spice and cinnamom to this peaty malt.
    £29.75
  • Dufftown 2002 Connoisseurs Choice 46% 70cl
    Lovely Speyside single malt from Dufftown distillery matured in 1st fill bourbon casks. It is a light whisky with herbal notes ans sweet vanilla. On the palate it is creamy and lightly spiced, milk chocolate and hints of tropical fruit.
    £28.99

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  • Strathmill 2000 Connoisseurs Choice Bottled 2014 46% 70cl
    This Strathmill was given 95/100 by Jim Murray and Liquid Gold Award in his 2016 Whisky Bible. Matured in a first fill Bourbon cask it has sweet vanilla with honey and fresh apple aromas. The palate is peppery with ripe banana, orange, and milk chocolate.
    £45.55

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  • Glendullan 2001 Connoisseurs Choice 46% 70cl
    Founded in 1897 this was the last of the original 7 distilleries in Dufftown to be built. This expression has been matured in a first fill bourbon cask, this has given it sweet vanilla on the nose, with kiwi and apple. The palate is sweet and with cracked black pepper, lime and orange. Lingering ...
    £44.99

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  • Tormore 1997 Connoisseurs Choice 46% 70cl
    Tormore Distillery was founded in 1958 and was the first distillery built in the 20th century. This 1997 bottling was matured in first fill bourbon barrels, with a sweet fruity flavour with hints of toffee, apples and vanilla. A long smooth finish with a touch of honey.
    £53.50

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Scotch whisky is a subject that is as expansive as the myriad of lochs, glens and mountains that contribute to the terroir of its historic homeland of Scotland. Scottish whisky in its current form has been distilled in the Highlands and Lowlands since the 18th Century but its roots run much deeper into the past. It is widely regarded that it is an adaptation of the traditional Scottish spirit ‘Uisge Beatha’, meaning ‘water of life’ in the Celtic tongue. The earliest official record of its production is in 1494 but it is highly likely that it was produced prior to this date. It’s a widely held belief that Irish monks introduced the spirit to the Scots although no true Scotsman would ever admit to this!


This precious liquid’s heritage is protected by law so that only spirit distilled within Scottish borders can be labelled as Scotch. There are other caveats as well; it must be made from either malted barley or grain fermented in copper stills and matured in wooden Oak barrels. This batch process is essential to the authenticity of the spirit, as is the insistence that it is bottled at 40% ABV or higher.


There are four different varieties of Scotch; single malt, blended, grain and blended malt (which was formerly known as vatted malt). Single malt is defined as a whisky made from 100% malt barley by one distillery. This is by far the most valuable and collected variety, especially rare bottlings from closed distilleries that can fetch four figure plus sums. Blended whisky is a spirit that’s created using a mixture of malt and grain whiskies by one distillery. This is the most popular and widely drunk variety despite the single malt’s continued rising popularity, driving up both production and price significantly. Grain whisky, as the name suggests, is made from 100% grain by a single distillery. Finally, blended malt is a product that is created by combining two or more single malts from separate distilleries together without the addition of grain whisky.


Despite only a few simple ingredients being used in the production process (malted barley or grain, water and yeast), a surprising array of different characteristics can be achieved. Gentle drams from the Lowlands can be soothing, light and fruity whilst big, bold offerings from Islay can knock your socks off with an assault of peat and smokiness. There are many variations in between to explore and it takes dedication and a whole lot of tasting to become a true whisky connoisseur!


The type of barrel used to mature the whisky accounts for the lions share of the final flavour. Factors such as whether American Oak or European Oak have been used to make the barrels, how many times the barrels have been used previously to mature Scotch or other drinks like Bourbon, Port or Sherry and the length of time the spirit has spent maturing all play their part. In more recent times, some distilleries have gone rogue by experimenting with old cognac, wine and rum casks, thus creating a modern and youthful taste that appeals to the trendy bar fraternity.


There are six distinct whisky producing regions in Scotland and they also have some bearing on the flavour of the final product. The regions are Islay, Islands, Highlands, Lowlands, Speyside and Campbeltown. The terrain, climate and other geographical factors of a region all contribute to the character, although a great deal also has to do with the different techniques and traditions employed by the distilleries as well. A good example is how coastal distilleries often produce a whisky that is saltier due to the proximity of the sea.


The world of Scotch whisky is a complex and fascinating one that thrives on time honoured practices and ancient traditions. If you are thinking of taking your first foray into this exciting realm, whether for pleasure or investment, then we are on hand to offer our expert advice and a selection of over 1000 different whiskies to suit all budgets.