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Scotch Whisky

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  • Glenallachie 1999 Connoisseurs Choice 43% 70cl
    Pronounced Glen-alec-y, the Distillery was built in 1967 primarily to contribute malt to the MacKinlay blends. It was designed by architect William Delme-Evans, who also designed Tullibardine and re-designed Jura Distillery. Glenallachie was temporarily closed in the late 1980s, then acqui...
  • Glenallachie Glenlivet 22 years old Small Batch Cadenhead 48% 7cl
    Distilled in 1992 at the Glenallachie distillery which was built as recently as 1967. Matured in Bourbon Hogsheads until being bottled in 2015 at 22 years of age. The nose has fresh cut grass and vanilla icing sugar with gingerbread. The palate is creamy with marzipan and lemon icing, leading to ...
  • GlenAllachie 1990 50th Anniversary Cask No. 2515 44.9% 50cl
    The Glenallachie 27 year old is a Speyside single malt bottled to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the distilleries ownership under Billy Walker. It's a single cask malt matured in sherry barrels and is one of only 752 bottles. Rich sherry and raisin presence, with a supporting c...
  • GlenAllachie 18 years old 46% 70cl
    The Glenallachie 18 Year Old is a Speyside malt that was carefully bought to life by master distiller Billy Walker. With over 40 years in the industry, he really knows how to make a tasty dram. Fresh vanilla, toffee, butterscotch and spices on the nose followed by raisins, icing and h...
  • GlenAllachie 12 years old 46% 70cl
    The Glenallachie 12 Year Old is a rich, full flavoured single malt from Speyside. The new range of Glenallachie whisky has been overseen by master distiller Billy Walker, a legend of the Scotch whisky scene. Butterscotch and honey on the nose with notes of raisins and coffee in the bac...
  • GlenAllachie 25 years old 48% 70cl
    The Glenallachie 25 year old is a real treat, a speyside malt ages in both PX and Olorosso sherry casks. Under the watchfull eye of whisky legend Billy Walker, this dram is sure please whisky fans of all ilk. Sweet spices on the nose along with citrus, banana and sultanas. The palate h...
  • Glenallachie-Glenlivet 16 years old 1992 Cadenheads 60.8% 70cl
    Cadenheads bottling of Glenallachie distilled in 1992 and bottled in March 2009 at cask strength 60.8% vol, matured in a bourbon Hogshead. 1 of only 225 bottles realised form the cask.

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  • GlenAllachie 1978 50th Anniversary Cask No. 10296 55.9% 50cl
    The Glenallachie 1978 Cask Number 10296 is single cask malt matured in sherry butts and hand selected by Billy Walker. It is one of a limited edition range celebrating his 50 years at the helm of Glenallachie distillery. One bottle per customer only. 

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  • GlenAllachie Cask Strength 10 years old 57.1% 70cl
    The Glenallachie distillery have produced a new ten year old Speyside single malt as part of their new core range. Far from a standard entry level whisky, this is bottled at cask strength and is limited to 2000 cases worldwide. Billy Walker, the head distiller at Glenallachie, had to arduous t...

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  • GlenAllachie 1989 50th Anniversary Cask No. 986 57.7% 50cl
    The Glenallachie 1989 Cask 986 is a limited edition 28 year old single malt celebrating the 50th anniversary of Billy Walker running the distillery. He has personally selected six casks to make up this special release as a prelude to a the distillery's first ever core range released later in t...

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  • GlenAllachie 1990 50th Anniversary Cask No. 2517 54.6% 50cl
    The Glenallachie 27 year old is a Speyside single malt bottled to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the distilleries leadership  under Billy Walker. It's release is a prelude to full brand launch later in the year, the first time Glenallachie will have a branded core r...

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  • Glenallachie 1993 Scotts Selection 55.6% 70cl
    Glenallachie 1994 bottles by Scotts Selection at cask strength 55.6% vol. Bottled 2012

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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.