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Scotch Whisky

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  • Glen Moray Classic 40% 70cl
    Glen Moray classic single malt whisky has a taste of Shortbread, butterscotch and lemongrass'. At full strength, the aroma is fragrant and lightly drying with warming malty notes. The first impression is of butterscotch and shortbread with fresh herbal/grassy notes. Lemon curd and meringue are di...
  • Glen Moray 18 years old 47.2% 70cl
    Glen Moray 18 years old has been aged in first fill American oak casks to produce a smooth speyside single malt with soft sweet flavours of vanilla and balancing oak notes. Colour: Anitique Gold Nose: Sherried oak, butter toffee and delicate smoke. Taste: Beautifully co...
  • Glen Moray 15 years old 40% 70cl
    Glen Moray 15 years old has been aged in a combination of American oak casks and Spanish oloroso sherry casks.The result is sweet vanilla combining with rich fruit cake notes and dark chocolate to produce a balanced rich speyside malt.
  • Glen Moray Elgin Heritage 12 years old 40% 70cl
    Glen Moray Elgin Heritage has been aged for 12 years in selected American oak barrels which impart sweet vanilla notes to the whisky. Colour: Polished gold Nose: Rich, sweet, fruity and floral. Intense vanilla toffee combines with berry fruits and freshly chopped herbs
  • Glen Moray Port Cask Finish 40% 70cl
    This new small batch release from Glen Moray uses Port Cask to finish the whisky in. This give a lovely richness to this Elgin based malt, which is full-bodied but well balanced. On the palate there is a lovely spicy touch with citrus notes and cinnamon. The finish is smooth with soft oak honey a...
  • Glen Moray 16 years old 40% 70cl
    Glen Moray 16 years old is a lovely Speyside dram with a rich nose of dried fruits and chocolate and spice. Smooth and well-rounded, it has a slightly oily texture with toffee notes and hints of oak smoke. The finish is medium to long with barley sugar and humbugs

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  • Glen Moray Centenary Vintage 40% 70cl
    To celebrate its 100th anniversary of Glen Moray distillery has produced this limited edition. Four casks of carefully selected Glen Moray - one oeach from the vintage years 1976 through to 1979 - were left to mature in ex-bourbon oak casks until 1987, when they were then transferred to port wood...

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  • Glen Moray 10 years old Chardonnay Cask 40% 70cl
    Glen Moray 10 years old single malt has been matured for 10 years in a chardonnay cask which produces a malt with distinctive fruity butterscotch flavours with lightly toasted notes.

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  • Glen Moray-Glenlivet 17 years old 1992 Cadenheads 57% 70cl
    Cadenheads bottling of Glen Moray distilled in 1992 and bottled in July 2010. This has been matured in a rum cask which gives a different style to this speydise malt. 1 of 262 bottles only

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  • Glen Moray Peated Single Malt 40% 70cl
    New to the Glen Moray stable a peated version of this Speyside dram. Sweet vanilla flavours combine with layers of peat smoke and gentle spiciness.

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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.