Scotch Whisky

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  • Highland Park 8 years old Gordon & Macphail 40% 70cl
    Built in 1798, Scotland's most Northern distillery is set on the site where the infamous illicit distiller, Magnus Eunson's bothy used to stand. Highland Park continues to malt its own barley using the traditional floor malting method and to kiln dry the 'green' malt using peat cut from its own m...
  • Highland Park 15 Year Old Single Malt 40% 70cl
    Highland Park matures this 15 year old whisky in ex-Oloroso sherry barrels crafted from American oak as opposed to the Spanish oak casks of the 12 and 18 year releases. The barrels are toasted instead of charred, yielding a unique flavor experience, especially when compared to the more common ch...
  • Highland Park The Dark 17 Year Old Scotch Whisky 52.9% 70cl
    This 17 year old Highland Park single malt is the first of two bottles celebrating the seasons on Orkney. The Dark focuses on autumn and winter and is aged in sherry casks with the next bottle, The Light, being released in 2018. The presentation of this whisky is great and the distillery conti...
  • Highland Park Fire Edition Single Malt 45.2% 70cl
    Highland Park Fire Edition is a special release 15 year old single malt which has been matured in 100% refill Port wine seasoned casks a first for Highland Park. This follows on from the release of Ice Edition and completes the two-part series of special edition bottlings which celebrate some o...

    Regular Price: £195.00

    Special Price £155.00

  • Highland Park Dark Origins 46.8% 70cl
    A new Edition to the Highland Park Range, Dark Origins takes its name from its use of a double amount of First Fill sherry casks used to produce this darker than usual single malt. Bottled at a slightly stronger 46.8% vol, the nose has sherry and spices with toasted nuts. The palate is well balan...
  • Highland Park 12 years old 40% 70cl
    Highland Park single Malt nwhisky from the Isle of Orkney has a Glowing amber colour, with a bouquet ofHeather-honey sweetness; peaty smokiness. The Palate is rounded with smoky sweetness and a full malt delivery. Finish: Teasing, heathery, delicious. WEB EXCLUSIVE PRICE
  • Highland Park 18 years old 43% 70cl
    This has got to be one of the most complete single malts. It is beautifully balanced, complex with lovely fruity flavours, wood and a hint of smoke on the finish. A long soft finish that goes on and on.
  • Highland Park Valkyrie 45.9% 70cl
    Highland Park Valkyrie, the first in the Viking Legends Series, celebrates the rich Nordic ancerstory of Orkney. Named after Odin's handmaidens, the Valkyries would descend onto the battlefield on giant wings, picking the dead who had fought bravely and taking them to Valhalla where they would...
  • Highland Park 21 years old 47.5% 70cl
    A new bottling from the Highland Park distillery, this 21 years old is bottled at the unusual strength of 47.5% vol. Appearance: Natural colour; reddish gold Orkney sunset Nose: Butterscotch, dark chocolate and orange Palate: Full flavour, candied orange peel with spicy dark chocolate leading to ...

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  • Highland Park 16 years old 1996 Cadenheads 53.1% 70cl
    Cadenheads bottling of Highland Park single malt from the Orkneys. Distilled 1996 and bottled October 2012 at cask strength 53.1% vol. Matured in a bourbon Hogshead this is 1 of only 246 bottles realised from the cask.

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  • Highland Park 1989 Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask 49.4% 70cl
    New limited edition bottling of Highland Park Matured in sherry cask and bottled by Carn Mor under their Black Gold bottlings. Distilled in 25/10/89 and bottled 31/03/14 at cask strength 49.4% vol. 1 of only 258 bottles from a single sherry hogshead, a very rare chance to get an old sherry cask H...

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  • Highland Park 24 years old Darkness 56.6% 50cl
    This very mature Highland Park has spent a further 6 months is small 50 litre sherry casks which has given the whisky a beautiful mahogany colour and wonderful depth of flavour, rich and fruity with hints of smoke.

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  • Highland Park Ice Edition 17 years old 53.9% 70cl
    Highland Park Ice is a new special bottling, which celebrates Orkney's links to the Vikings and Norse mythology, where their influence has been reflected for hundreds of years. Ice Edition will be followed in 2017 by the Fire Edition. This bottling is restricted to 30000 bottles worldwide ...

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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.