Scotch Whisky

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  • Glenfarclas 105 20 years old Limited Edition 60% 70cl
    This limited Edition Glenfarclas 105 has been aged for 20 years and bottled at cask strength 60% vol. It is Strong, rich oak, a 20 yo copper still. As 105 should be! Big Powerful aromas, of course be a little wary it is 60% alc. A very typical Glenfarclas nose, demerara sugar, figs. The end bit o...
  • Glenfarclas 30 years old 70cl
    Distillery bottling. Outright trophy winner at the International Spirits Challenge 1996 from an entry of over 110 malts. Described as a full complex aroma combining fruit and spices similar to a fruit cake, an extraordinary deep spirit, warm and rich leaving a lingering fruit and nut chocolate fe...
  • Glenfarclas 15 years old 46% 70cl
    Colour: A rich golden amber. Nose: Complex, sherried, deliciously peated, light butterscotch aromas, with a hint of dried fruit. Flavour: Full bodied with super balance of sherried sweetness, malty tones and peaty flavours. Finish: Long lasting, glori...
  • Glenfarclas 12 years old 43%
    Excellent sherry casked whisky from Glenfarclas with lots of fruitcake and spicy rounded and full bodied. Originally only available on the export market this has won many awards around the world including Best Sherried Whisky at the Single Malt World cup in 2006.
  • Glenfarclas 21 years old 70cl
    Glenfarclas 21 years old has an intense nose of shewrries fruit with nuts and almonds. The palate is full bodied with sherried fruit and nicley spiced. The finish is long with a chocolate feel at the back of the throat.
  • Glenfarclas 25 years old 70cl
    Distillery bottling. n.v. Age : 25 Alchohol by Vol : 43%
  • Glenfarclas 10 years old 40% 70cl
    Colour: Vibrant straw-gold Nose: Tempting sherry-sweet malty tones combine with delicate smokiness, releasing subtle spices. Warming the glass reveals honey, vanilla and pear drops. Flavour: Delicately light, with a mouth-watering combination of maltiness, smokiness...
  • Glenfarclas 105 60% 70cl
    A great whisky holding all the flavours of all the Glenfarclas in one glass. Being so warming, this is the perfect Hogmanay dram. Dont be afraid of the strength and order a 210, if you dare! The smoothness makes the 105 drinkable at cask strength, but I suggest adding a little water to fully expl...
  • Glenfarclas 150th Anniversary 43% 75cl
    A limited edition bottling to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Glenfarclas Distillery. Each bottle is number and comes with a certificate

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  • Glenfarclas 15 years old Gift Pack 46% 70cl
    A superb Gift pack of Glenfarclas 15 years old single malt containing 2 miniatures, 1 of Glenfarclas 21 years old and 1 Glenfarclas 25 years old.

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  • Glenfarclas 43 years old Cognac 40.7% 70cl
    A very rare and exclusive bottling of Glenfarclas matured soley in Cognac casks for 43 years. Very few distilleries have used Cognac casks for maturation and none as long as this one. The result is an absolutely cracking whisky with many layers of complexity.

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  • Glenfarclas 12 years old 43% 35cl
    Excellent sherried casked whisky from Highland Distillery Glenfarclas. Typical grassy aromas on the nose with sherrynotes. The palate is smooth with sherried fruit cake and spice , long and flavoursome finish.

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  • Glenfarclas Chairmans Reserve 46% 70cl 175th Anniversary
    A lovely dark mahogany colour. A great dram to stare into and see the dark ripples of age drifting through the glass. Big sherried nose yet mellows after two or three minutes in the glass, malty tones apparent ever so lightly. Fresh nose on the surface giving way for blackcurrants...

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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.