Scotch Whisky

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  • Bunnahabhain Ceobanach Batch No.1 46.3% 70cl
    This limited Batch Bunnahabhain called Ceobanach pronounced Kyaw-bin-och which means 'smoky mist' has been made to reflect times gone by, when peat was the life blood of people on Islay.Peat was used to heat their homes, make their whisky and trade for money. This whisky has been matured in ex b...
  • Bunnahabhain 11 years Cadenheads Small Batch 56.5% 70cl
    The Name Bunnahabhain means " foot of the River" . This bottling is from a single Bourbon cask, just 228 bottles. Distilled 2005 and bottled 2106 at 11 years old at 56.5% vol.
  • 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.
  • Bunnahabhain 12 years old 46.3% 70cl
    The nose of this golden dram offers a fresh and aromatic experience with a subtle whiff of smoke floating through the air. The taste starts with a light fruit and nut appeal that leads to a spectacular malty sweetness. The finish is worth the anticipation as it develops into a beautifully rich, f...
  • Bunnahabhain 8 years old Heavily Peated The Macphails Collection 43% 70cl
    This expression of Bunnahabhain has been heavily peated. Salty with a sweet smokiness, bonfire embers. It also shows tropical fruit flavours and milk chcoalate back by the smoke peat on the finish.
  • 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...
  • Bunnahabhain 30 years old 1978 Old Malt Cask 50% 70cl
    Bunnahabhain 30 years old single malt whisky was distilled in December 1978 and bottled in April 2009 at a strength of 50% vol and is 1 of 566 bottles only. It was bottled by Douglas liang and is part of their Old Malt cask collection. Cask Type: Refill Butt Ref: 5120

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  • Bunnahabhain 32 years old 1979 Duncan Taylor 47.1% 70cl
    Duncan Taylor Bottling of Bunnahabhain 32 years old distilled in 1979 and bottled in 2011. This rare bottling is 1 of only 182 bottles. Description: A sleeping giant of a distillery to often overlooked for its noisy peaty neighbours Tasting Notes: Colour: Go...

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  • Bunnahabhain 1991 Scotts Selection 44.6% 70cl
    Bunnahabhain distillery lies on the north east coast of Islay. Compared to the other Islay whiskies it is probably the lightest is style and is ideally suited as an great introductory malt to the the charms of Islay.

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  • Bunnahabhain 24 years old 1990 Old Particular 40.6% 70cl
    1 of only 252 bottles from a single refilled Hogshead distilled in November 1990 and bottled July 2015 at 40.6% (only just saved this one). Sweet on the nose, fruity with young barley and orange peel. The palate is sweet initially, then spice and citrus notes. The finish is medium to long and ver...

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  • Bunnahabhain 20 years old Cadenhead Small Batch 57.1% 70cl
    Small batch bottling from Cadenhead of Bunnahabhain distilled 1994 and bottled in 2105 at 20 years old age. aged in Bourbon hogsheads and bottled at 57.1% vol. 1 of 354 bottles

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  • Bunnahabhain XXV 25 years old 46.3% 70cl
    A superb Malt from Islay which has been aged for 25 years in Sherry cask and it is an absolute gem. Sweet caramel nose with subtle oak and leather notes. Sweet berry fruit, cream all beatifully balanced with roasted nuts and maltiness. The finish is so...

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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.