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Scotch Whisky

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  • An Cnoc Peter Arkle Limited edition 46% 2012 Edition
    Made at the Knockdhu Distillery in Scotland, An Cnoc has released a series of limited Edition bottling featuring the work of renowned illustrator 'Peter Arkle'. This edition (2012) shows the dark warehouse where hundreds of barrels of An Cnoc lay ageing in the gloom. The whisky has been aged in a...
    £49.65
  • An Cnoc Flaughter 46% 70cl
    An Cnoc Flaughter takes its name from the peat cutting tool used to harvest this natural resource. Traditionally peat was used to fire the stills and dry the barley, which gives you a peated malt. Flaughter is made with peated barley to 14.8 ppm making it one of the medium peated style whiskies. ...
    £50.99
  • An Cnoc 18 year old 46% 70cl
    An Cnoc 18 years old is made at the Knockdhu distillery in speyside. Unusually their malts are not named after the distillery as with most others Scotch Malts, but after their source of water the Ancnoc Hill just above the distillery. This 18 years old has been matured in a combination of ex sher...
    £71.99
  • An Cnoc 12 years old 40% 70cl
    An Cnoc (pronounced a-nock) is produced at the Distillery Knockdhu in Aberdeenshire. It is soft, very aromatic with a hint of honey and lemon in the foreground. The taste is sweet to start with a fresh appetising fruitiness and a long smooth finish, with a touch of nuttiness. Gold Medal w...
    £33.99
  • An Cnoc 35 years old Limited Edition 44.3% 70cl
    One of the Oldest Expressions of An Cnoc at 35 Years Old, as you'd expect, it shows a richer, more complex personality. However the resemblance to the younger expressions is unmistakable. anCnoc 35 Years Old is bottled in its most natural state; cask strength, non-chill filtered and natural colou...
    £201.99
  • An Cnoc Rutter 46% 70cl
    An Cnoc Rutter is made at the Knockdhu distillery and named after the Rutter spade which is used to size and separate the peat blocks producing a turf that is slow burning. This bottling is peated to 11ppm making it slightly lighter the the Flutter which is heavier. Initially very smoky, it quic...
    £50.99
  • An Cnoc 1975 44.2% 70cl
    As one of the oldest releases from the Knockdhu Distillery this 1975 was drawn from just three casks and bottled at casks strength without chill-filtering. Matured in a combination of Spanish sherry casks and American oak casks it has a lovely deep copper colour, intense nose of fruit cake and sh...
    £290.50

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.