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Scotch Whisky

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  • Macallan 12 years old Double Cask 40% 70cl
    The Macallan Double Cask is a 12 year old single malt from the Highland distillery. It is aged exclusively in a mixture of sherry butts made of both European and American oak which both have a bearing on the flavour of the whisky. The American Oak provides notes of vanilla and butterscotch and th...
  • Macallan 15 Years Old Triple Cask Matured 43% 70cl
    The Macallan 15 year old triple cask matured is a new addition to the range but with limited availability. It has been matured in European and American seasoned sherry casks and ex-bourbon casks. On the nose its full with floral notes and touch of spice. The palate has rich chocolate with...
  • Macallan Decanter No. 6 70cl
    One word: Exquisite! Macallan Decanter No. 6 brings together the art of whisky making with Lalique craftsmanship to create this stunning whisky encased in the finest crystal decanter. This is a rich, complex single malt takes its unique natural colour and character from first fill sher...
  • Macallan 12 years old 1997 Old Malt Cask 50% 20cl
    This Macallan 12 years old single malt whisky is part of Douglas Laing Advanced Cask Samples Range.Bottled in 20cl bottles it allows you to try a smaller size without commiting to a larger bottle or great as a little gift.
  • Speymalt Macallan 1971 43% 70cl
    There has probably been whisky made on the Macallan site, a small hill overlooking the Spey near Craigellachie, since the late 1700's. The first licensed distillation at Macallan is said to have taken place in the earliest days of legalised production, in 1824. The distillery changed hands...
  • Duthies Macallan 22 years old 46% 70cl
    A great value bottling of Macallan 2 2years old under the Duthies Label from Cadenheads. 1 of only 528 bottles produced.
  • The Macallan Director's Edition 40% 70cl
    Part of the new range of single malt from the Macallan distillery. The Director's Edition contains more malt which has been aged in sherry cask to give a more authentic flavour compared to the lighter and more citrus Macallan Gold. The colour is rich amber, the nose carries vanilla light oak with...
  • Macallan 1824 Sienna 43% 70cl
    Macallan Sienna is part of the distillers new range of single malts showcasing the range of natural colours found in their whiskies. This whisky shows lovely vanilla and citrus notes with a hints of chocolate then dates, figs and raisins before returning to a warm mellow vanilla finish.
  • Macallan 1824 Amber 40% 70cl
    Macallan Amber is part of the Distillerys new range of whiskies showcasing the natural colours found at this speyside distillery. The Amber is light and floral withcitrus and vanilla notes. The palate has a mix of toffee apple, cinnamon with fresh fruit notes, finishing light to medium with soft ...
  • Speymalt Macallan 2003 Gordon & Macphail 43% 70cl
    Distilled at the Macallan Distillery and bottled by Gordon & Macphail. This superb Speyside single malt shows lovely sweet sherry notes with hints of caramle and toffee. The palate is peppery to start, but with a creamy chocolate edge and hints of nuts on the finish.
  • Macallan Fine Oak 21 years old 43% 70cl
    This legendary Single Malt is Triple Cask matured for a *minimum of 21 years in a unique, complex combination of Exceptional Oak Casks; Spanish oak casks seasoned with sherry, American oak casks seasoned with sherry and American oak casks seasoned with bourbon. This delivers an extraordinarily sm...
  • Macallan 1824 Ruby Single Malt 43% 70cl
    Macallan's oldest and richest malt from their new 'colours range' is the ruby. Matured exclusively in sherry casks, this is the re-placment whisky for the soon to be discontinued 18 years old. As the name suggestes it has a lovely deep ruby/mahogany colour, rich dried fruits on the nose, with she...
  • Macallan Batch 4 Boutique-y Whisky Company 44.3% 50cl
    Limited Edition Macallan Single Malt bottled by the Boutique-Y Whisky company, 1 of 203 bottle only. The labels take depict a comical look at the whisky industry in Scoland, but the whisky is selected on flavour alone and not age. This Macallan has a nose of fruit cake and demerarar sugar with ty...
  • Macallan 18 years old 1997 43%
    The latest release from Macallan distillery from the 1997 season.1 per customer only
  • The Macallan 25 years old 43% 70cl
    The Macallan 25 years old is one of the most exceptional sherry casked whiskies in the world. Aged whiskies are becoming rarer and rarer as stocks dwindle, this mahogany colour malt has been aged in Oloroso sherry casks for at least 25 years. It is full bodied with rich dried fruits, notes of smo...
  • Macallan 25 years old 1989 The Pearls of Scotland 46% 70cl
    Superbly presented Macallan 25 years old distilled September 1989 and bottled September 2015 under the Pearls of Scotland Golden Pearl collection. Cask no 17894 this is 1 of 171 bottles only.
  • Macallan 12 years old Triple Cask 40% 70cl
    The Macallan 12 Year Old Triple Cask is matured in an eclectic mix of European and American oak sherry butts and ex-bourbon barrels. The resultant whisky is a single malt that is vibrant and fruity with notes of vanilla and fresh oak.
  • The Macallan 18 years old 2016 Release 70cl
    Macallan 18 years old matured in Sherry cask from the annual release for 2016 season. Very limited 1 per customer only.
  • The Macallan 12 years old Sherry Cask 40% 70cl
    Sherry casked whisky is Macallans signature style and the 12 year old which is available in limited quantities is a good place to start. Vanilla and spice on the nose with sweet dried fruits and wood smoke. Smooth and velvety on the palate with dried fruits, sherry, hints of smoke and spice. Swee...
  • Macallan 2nd Edition 48.2% 70cl
    Colour: Light golden toast. Nose: Floral and fruity (apple) notes. This type of sweetness on the nose is uncharacteristic of Macallan but certainly not unwelcome. Palate: The No 2 punches the palate with spices at 48.2% ABV but immediately rolls over into sweeter not...
  • Macallan Double Cask Gold Glass Pack 70cl
    Limited edition gift pack from Macallan contains the delightful Gold Double Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky, in addition you will be the owner of a pair of gold trimmed whisky tumblers. A great gift for the Macallan lover. The Macallan Double Cask Gold forms part of their Doub...
  • Macallan 1988 25 years old Old Malt Cask 15th Anniversay 51.4% 70cl
    To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Old Malt Cask bottlings from Douglas Laing they have selected six of their best casks to commemorate this landmark. This macallan was distilled in May 1988 and bottled in November 2013 at cask strength 51.4% vol from refill hogshead. 1 of 285 bottles
  • Macallan 1824 Gold 40% 70cl
    Macallan Gold is a new Edition to the range replacing the 10 and 12 years old. This is the first in a range called 1824 each one showcasing the natural colours of the whisky. It has a citrus nose with vanilla and dark chocloate on the palate with floral notes and light oak.
  • The Macallan 18 years old 1994 43% 70cl
    The Macallan Sherry Oak is exclusively matured in selected Sherry oak casks from Jerez, Spain. This satisfyingly complex Single Malt, matured at The Macallan distillery for a minimum of 18 years is characterised by its rich colour, aroma and flavour with hints of dried fruits, spice and chocolate...
  • The Macallan Rare Cask 43% 70cl
    This is the entry level malt in a new range from Macallan callend the 1824 Masters Series Range. The Rare cask is made from sixteen different sherry cask styles with the majority being first fill sherry. The selecetion process for this bottling were so strict that less than 1% of the casks aging ...
  • The Macallan Fine oak 12 years old 40% 70cl
    The Macallan Fine oak 12 years old has been triple casked aged in a combination of European oak sherry casks, American oak casks which has been seasoned with sherry and bourbon. Smooth and complex malt taking its flavour from the casks, sherried dried fruits spicy vanilla and hints of smoke.

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.