Scotch Whisky

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  • Glentauchers 1996 43% 70cl
    Glentauchers which was founded in 1898, by the founders of Buchanans Blend and Black and white blended whisky. The style is sweet with pear and cinnamon and touches of cardamom. The palate is spicy with sweet summer berries and a creamy milk chocolate edge.
  • Glenglassaugh Port Wood Finish 46% 70cl
    The elemental freshness of this coastal spirit is invigorated in Glenglassaugh Port Wood finish. Whilst finishing in ruby Port pipes, the oak’s open structure combines with the influence of the sea, as waves of dark fruit ebb in synchrony with fresh mint and fruit zest. For a moment, you ...
  • Glenglassaugh Peated Virgin Oak Wood Finish 46% 70cl
    The sweet earthiness of this coastal peated spirit is brought to life in Peated Virgin Oak Wood Finish. During finishing in American Virgin Oak casks, Glenglassaugh is shaped by intense notes of candy and fresh spice, as if a sweet shop by the beach, spiced by land and sea. Cream...
  • Glenglassaugh Revival 46% 70cl
    Glenglassaugh has been mothballed for many years but has been refubished and started production a few years ago. The Revival is the first bottling of single malt since it has re-opened. Robust in style, sweet and fruity whilst rounded and creamy, with perfect balancing sherry notes and a slight w...
  • Glenglassaugh Pedro Ximenez Wood Finish 46% 70cl
    The luscious sweetness of this full-bodied spirit is intensified in Pedro Ximenez sherry wood finish. Known as the ‘King of sherries’, PX is a sweet, dessert sherry, made by the sun-dried PX grape, known for its unctuous raisiny character. During finishing, the PX cask imbues Glenglassaug...
  • Glenglassaugh Peated Port Wood Finish 46% 70cl
    Glenglassaugh’s waves of fruit and smoke are amplified in Peated Port Wood Finish. Whilst finishing in ruby Port pipes, the open structure of the oak brings waves of velvet tannins and peppered dark fruit, reminiscent of Winter berries by an open fire, kissed by the sea. Heather honey...
  • Glenglassaugh 25 years old 1984 Old Malt Cask 50% 70cl
    Douglas Laing Bottling of Glenglassaugh under the Old Malt Caask label. Distilled in July 1984 and bottled at 25 years old. 1 of 624 bottles only. Distilled: July 1984 Bottled: July 2009 Cask Type: Sherry Butt Cask Ref: 5362

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  • Glenglassaugh Evolution Ex Tennessee Cask Matured 50% 70xl
    This Glenglassaugh has been matured in ex-George Dickel Tennessee whiskey barrels and bottled at 50% vol. Sweet and buttery with caramelised orchard fruits and dried coconut, smooth and rounded.

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  • Glenglassaugh Torfa 50% 70cl
    Torfa is the name of the new Peated whisky from Glanglassaugh, The name is Norse for Peat. Reopened in 2008 after two decades being silent, this highland whisky has a nose of campfire, sea air and citrus spice. The palate is robust with smoke and candied peel, with spice hints of honey and tobacc...

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  • Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic 44% 70cl
    Glenglassaugh was resurrected in 2008 after 20 odd years in mothballs. This new bottling has been matured in Octave casks which are one of the smallest casks used in the whisky industry. At 1/8th (45 litres) of the size of a butt the wood to spirit ratio is increased which accelerates the maturat...

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  • Glenglassaugh Octaves Peated 44% 70cl
    After being mothballed for over 20 years Glenglassaugh was restarted in 2008. This bottling uses peated malted barley and has been matured in octave casks which are 1/8th of the size of a butt. These smaller casks gives a great wood to whisky ratio thus giving a great depth of flavour in a shorte...

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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.