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Scotch Whisky

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  • Talisker 57 Degrees North 57.8% 70cl
    Highlighting the latitudinal position of our distillery - one of the most remote and northerly at its rugged home on the Isle of Skye, Talisker 57 North has no age statement. Drawn from 100% American oak refill casks, it has a purity which emphasises Taliskers unique and intense distillery charac...
    £73.99
  • Talisker Port Ruighe 45.8% 70cl
    Talisker Port Ruighe takes this well know Skye malt and matures it Port wine casks. The name derives from the main trading Port on Skye, Port Ruighe. The result is a lovely combination of the peaty peppery notes with sweet port wine flavours.
    £53.99
  • Talisker The Distillers Edition 2005 Bottled 2014 45.8% 70cl
    Richer than the regularTalisker as a result of the Double cask maturing. It spends a finishing period in ex Amoroso sherry casks which adds sweet luscious fruit notes to the dry peaty back ground, with typical Talisker pepperiness.
    £59.99
  • Talisker 18 years old 45.8% 70cl
    Time has mellowed but not tamed this powerful 18 year old Talisker, made beside Loch Harport in the shadow of the Cuillin range. A rich, swet nose introduces familiar, smoky maritime aromas. Full-bodied, this smooth malt opens sweetly, then becomes more asservtive, with a whiff of smoke. It has a...
    £84.99
  • Talisker Storm 45.8% 70cl
    Talisker Storm is a new single Malt aimed at those who like a more intense tarry malt with maritime influence. It is a blend of different ages to achieve this more intense style. Spicy, peppery, rich with smoke becoming oily with peaty notes.
    £46.50
  • Talisker Skye 45.8% 70cl
    Talisker Skye is a new whisky to the range with a slightly softer, rounded flavour than its bigger brothers. Golden in colour with a citrus nose with a waft of peat smoke. The taste is soft and sweet to start then light smokiness, finishing with typical pepperiness and freshness.
    £43.50
  • Talisker 10 years old 45.8% 70cl
    Nose: Powerful peat-smoke with sea-water saltiness, the liquor of fresh oysters, and a citrus sweetness. Palate: A rich dried-fruit sweetness with clouds of smoke and strong barley-malt flavours, warming and intense. Peppery at the back of the mouth. Finish: Huge, lo...
    £45.50
  • Talisker Gift Pack 3x20cl
    A great gift pack from Sky distillery Talisker. Containing a 20cl of Talisker 10 years, Distillers Edition and 57 North bottlings, present in a gift box.
    £45.99
  • Talisker 10 year old Gift Pack 45.8% 2 Glasses
    A superb Talisker Gift pack conatin a bottle of Talisker 10 years old singlke malt and 2 rocking branded glasses in a gift box. A fantastic gift for the Isle of Skye.
    £39.99
  • Talisker 1985 27 years old 56.1% 70cl
    A limited edition Talisker, natural cask strength single malt whisky.The seventeenth release in this series from the distillery. From American Oak refill casks filled in 1985. Just 3,000 individually numbered bottles available world-wide. Appearance: Rich, clear amber with notes of antique...
    £500.00

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.