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Scotch Whisky

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  • Glen Elgin 1996 Connoisseurs Choice 46% 70cl
    Glen Elgin Distillery was the last distillery to be built during the boom years of the 1890s. The architect, Charles Doig, stated it would be the last one built in Speyside for 50 years. His prediction was remarkably accurate with Tormore being the next distillery built, in 1958. Until the 1950s ...
  • Inchgower 2000 Connoisseurs Choice Bottled 2014 46% 70cl
    Inchgower is owned by the Diageo group with most of the production goin gto their blends, Bells, Johnnie Walker and white Horse. This bottling from Gordon & Macphail under their 'Connoisseurs Choice' label has been matured in Refill sherry Butt and Refill sherry Hogsheads. It has a delicate f...
  • Glenlossie 1998 Connoisseurs Choice 46% 70cl
    Glenlossie which is near Elgin, nestles under a fir clad hill. This expression has been matured in a refill sherry butt and a refill sherry hogshead. Sweet toffee, honey and raisin aromas on the nose. The palate is peppery and sweet with red apple, orange and dark chocolate with a creamy finish.
  • Glentauchers 1998 Cask Strength 56.8% vol 70cl
    Part of the Gordon & Macphails Cask Strength Collection this Glentauchers was distilled in 1998 and matured in refill sherry casks before bottling in April 2016 giving this malt an age of around 18 years old. It has sherry aromas with vanilla, apple and cinnamon notes; The palate is sweet and...
  • Aultmore 2000 Connoisseurs Choice 46% 70cl
    Aultmore distillery lies a few miles north of Keith on the eastern edge of Speyside. It is one of the main componets of Dewars blended whisky, but was since become popular in its own right. Matured in refilled sherry hogsheads it has a herbal nose with dried fruist and charred oak. The palate sho...
  • Bunnahabhain Stiuireadair 46.3% 70cl
    Taking its name from the Gaelic for "Helmsman", Bunnahabhain Stiùireadair showcases the coastal nature of the distillery that lies on the Sound of Islay. Matured in first and second fill sherry casks, this expression is presented without chill-filtration or artificial colouring. The n...
  • Glen Elgin 1995 Connoisseurs Choice 43% 70cl
    Glen Elgin Distillery was the last distillery to be built during the boom years of the 1890s. The architect, Charles Doig, stated it would be the last one built in Speyside for 50 years. His prediction was remarkably accurate with Tormore being the next distillery built, in 1958. Until the...
  • Dailuaine 1994 Connoisseurs Choice 43% 70cl
    Pronounced dal-u-ayn, many visitors to Speyside would be blissfully ingnorant of the existence of this gem, a mile off the main Aberlour to Grantown road. The undoubted beauty was not the reason the site was chosen - good quality water from the Ballieumullich Burn, the local supply of barl...
  • Caol Ila 1998 Connoisseurs Choice 43% 70cl
    Caol Ila has remained almost a secret Islay malt. The Name is pronouced 'cull-eela', gaelic for 'sound of Islay'. The distillery is located in a cove near Port Askaig. Distilled September 1998 Bottled June 2010 Nose: Sweet and fresh with a delicate smoke.
  • Glendullan 1997 Connoisseurs Choice 43% 70cl
    Glendullan Distillery was founded in 1897, and was the last built of the original seven distilleries of Dufftown. Glendullan was rebuilt in the 1960's and an additional distillery unit was built between 1971-72. WITHOUT WATER :Nose: Toasted malt notes, with a touch of sweet Sherry a...
  • Benriach 1997 Connoisseurs Choice 46% 70cl
    Benriach Distillery was establish by the Grant family in the 1890's and lies close to the Longmorn distillery on the outskirts of Elgin. This bottling was matured in refill sherry hogsheads, which gives lovely sweet and malty notes with hints of marzipan. The palate has spice layered with fruit a...
  • Inchgower 1998 Connoisseurs Choice 46% 70cl
    Connoisseurs Choice Bottling of Inchgower distilled in 1998 and bottled in 2013 at 46% vol. Matured in refilled sherry butts it shows subtle hints of sherry with red apple and lemon aromas. The palate is sweet with mild spiciness, vanilla, apple and pear fruits and a chocolate edge. The distiller...
  • Braeval 1995 Connoisseurs Choice 46% 70cl
    Braeval used to be called Braes of Glenlivet but was renamed in 1995 to avoid confusion with The Glenlivet. The malt was mainly used for blends until it was mothballed in 2002 to repopen again in 2008. This bottling was matured in refill sherry hogsheads. Delicate sherry influences with herbal no...
  • Macduff 2000 Connoisseurs Choice 46% 70cl
    Sitting on a rocky headland across the River Deveron from Banff is the fishing port of Macduff. Like Banff it also gives its name to a distillery. Established in the early 1960s by a consortium of Glasgow-based whiskybrokers and businessmen, the distillery was designed by renowned engineer Willia...
  • Aberfeldy 1996 Connoisseurs Choice 46% 70cl
    Aberfledy Distillery was founded in the 1890s before being expanded in the 1960s and 70s. This particular bottling was matured in refill sherry hogsheads giving notes of stewed plums, malt a hint of sherry. The palate has spice, with ripe tropical fruits and a milk chocolate edge.Bottled 20...
  • Dallas Dhu 1980 43% 70cl
    This distillery closed in 1983 so expressions of this fine Malt are becoming rarer and rarer. A delicate sherry influences with hints of apples and pears. The palate has citrus fruits with ripe banana and a lovely burnt oak finish.
  • Imperial 1995 Gordon & Macphail 43% 70cl
    Imperial distillery was mothballed in 1998, so nothing has been produced since the. This 1995 vintage form Gordon & Mapchail shows delicate sherry notes on the nose with stewed fruit and beeswax.
  • Dailuaine 2002 Connoisseurs Choice 46% 70cl
    Dailuaine which is pronouced 'Dal-u-ayn' is situated very close to the rown of Aberlour in the Speyside. Distilled in 2002 and aged in a combination of refill sherry butts and refill sherry hogsheads before bottling in 2014. It has delicate sherry aromas with dried fruits and citrus peel. The pal...
  • Clynelish 1997 Connoisseurs Choice 46% 70cl
    Clynelish was built in 1819 by the 1st Duke of Sutherland at a cost of 750. By the end of the century the demand for its whisky was such that no trade orders were accepted. This led to the distillery being purchased by Ainslie & Co., blenders from Leith, who increased capacity. By 1930 the di...
  • Ledaig 1998 Connoisseurs Choice Bottled 2014 46% 70cl
    This is the peated malt from the Tobermory Distillery on Mull. Distilled in 1998 and matured in a refilled sherry cask before bottling in 2014 by Gordon & Macphail under their Connoisseurs Choice label. Aromatic with cured meat notes, lemon and apple. The palate has sweet lime and orange flav...
  • Mannochmore 1994 Connoisseurs Choice 46% 70cl
    Mannochmore sits in the middle of the speyside complex of Glenlossie distillery. Distilled in 1994 and matured in refill sherry butts, it has a sweet nose with malty notes. The palate is fruity with the merest hint of smoke. It is rich, yet delicate with long sherry flavours on the finish. ...

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.