Scotch Whisky

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  • Glenmorangie Signet 46% 70cl
  • Glenmorangie 18 years Old 43% 70cl
    Honey and caramel sweetness with some peppery oak and deep citrus notes. The rich finish has a hint of raisins and walnuts. This rare expression of Glenmorangie is an attractive deep gold colour. It is distinctive from the Ten Years Old - although the floral bouquet and citrus notes are s...
  • Glenlochy 1952 49 years old Old Malt Cask 43% 70cl
    Douglad Laing Bottling of Glenlochy. An extremley rare bottling from 1952, bottled May 2001 at 43% vol. 1 of 311 bottles
  • Glenmorangie Culloden Bottle 1971 43% 70cl
    The Glenmorangie Culloden Bottle 1971 is a special limited edition produced to mark the 250th anniversary of the Battle of Culloden. It is presented in a replica bottle of a rare spirits flask once belonging to Duncan Forbes of Culloden. Limited to 2500 bottles only.
  • Caledonia Edradour 12 years old 46% 70cl
    The Caledonia Edradour single malt has been named after the song Caledonia written by Dougie Maclean written in 1977 on a beach in Brittany. He selected a single cask of 1997 Edradour matured in oloroso sherry cask. The colour is a gorgeous deep mahogany.
  • Glendronach 21 years old Parliament 48% 70cl
    The Glendronach 21 Year Old Parliament has been matured in a combination of the finest Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry casks for a minimum of 21 years, the 'Parliament' continues the great GlenDronach tradition of offering fruit-laden intensity in its single malts. Bottled at 48%, the 'Parliamen...
  • Tullibardine 500 Sherry Cask 43% 70cl
    Tullibardine 500 sherry cask refers to the size of the cask used, in this case a sherry butt which holds 500 litres. The whisky was matured in ex bourbon casks then finish in sherry butts. This gives it a lovely dark rich brown colour, with hints of toffee and apples with ceral notes. On the pala...
  • Auchriosk 30 years old 2012 Release 54.7% 70cl
    A limited edition, natural cask strength single malt from Auchroisk, an active distillery on Speyside, rarely seen as a single malt. A second limited release in this series. The oldest ever Auchroisk distillery release. Interesting to compare with the recent 20 year old, released in 2010....
  • Tomatin Cu Bocan 46% 70cl
    Tomatin's new whisky adds another dimension to this Highland malt normal style. This single malt uses lightly peated malted barley which gives a smoky edge to the fruity palate.The finishing is spicy with sweet smoke. Named after a ghostly Hound from hell that stalked the moors around Toma...
  • Tullibardine 225 Sauternes Finish 43% 70cl
    A new bottling from the Tullibardine Distillery in new pacakaging, this one has been matured in ex bourbon barrels then finish in barriques which previously held Chateau Suduirat, a Premier Cru Classe Sauternes. The 225 label refers to the size of the barriques uses, in this cases 225 litre ones....
  • Deanston Virgin Oak Casks 46.3% 70cl
    Deanston has Brought out a Virgin Oak Cask finish malt which nows seems very popular with many Scottish distilleries. Using some very fine charred barrles sourced from Bardstown USA. The nose has citrus fruits with barley sugar with hints of apples and spice. Candied fruits and honey on the palat...
  • Old Pulteney Navigator 46% 70cl
    This New Addition to the Old Pulteney range of single malts, is in conjunction with their sponsorship of the clipper round the World Race. Sweet and crisp with layers of apples and dried fruits with a hint of dark chocolate and vanilla. The taste is full-bodied and rich with honey, cocoa and citr...
  • 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
  • Brora 1977 35 years old Special Release 2013 49.9% 70cl
    A limited edition, natural cask strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky from a closed coastal distillery at Brora. This is the twelfth in the series from this distillery, matured in refill American Oak and European Oak casks over 35 years old filled in 1977. Only 2944 individually numbered bottles wor...
  • Dufftown Singleton 28 years old 1985 Special Release 2013 52.3% 70cl
    A limited edition, natural cask strength single malt. from Dufftown, an active distillery on Speyside. This is the first limited release from this distillery, matured in American Oak refill casks filled in 1985. Just 3,816 individually numbered bottles worldwide. Appearance: Deep a...
  • Glenturret 1986 26 years old Hunter Laing 46.8% 70cl
    A limited release Glenturret distilled in 1986 before bottling at the distillery for Hunter laing at cask strength 46.8% vol in 2013. Glenturret has been distilling since 1775 legally but distilling illicitly since 1717, therefore laying claim to be the oldest distillery in Scotland. The nose has...
  • Tormore 1995 Cask Strength The Pearls of Scotland 47.6% 70cl
    Tormore single cask Speyside malt distilled in the Summer of 1995 and bottled Summer 2013, so it is an 18 year old whisky. 1 of only 294.
  • Macduff 1997 Cask Strength The Pearls of Scotland 54.4% 70cl
    Macduff singel Highland malt bottled from a single cask that realised only 300 bottles. Distilled in the Autumn of 1997 and bottled Autumn 2013, so it's a 16 years old with a cask strength bottling of 54.4% ABV. Under the Pearls of Scotland Rare Cask Selection range.
  • Glengoyne Cask Strength Batch No.4 58.8% 70cl
    The un-peated malt from Highland distiller Glengoyne, in Cask Strength form. Flavours of Banana and digestive biscuits with hints of pepper are the distilleries tasting notes. Made using Scotland's slowest still, to provide the gentlest of journeys before aging in the finest casks.
  • Glengoyne 15 years old 43% 70cl
    Glengoyne is made using the slowest still in Scotland, from unpeated barley to unlock the complex and subtle flavours. This 15 year old expression is complex sweet and rounded with a spicy oak finish. Aged in a combination of bourbon and sherry casks.
  • Glen Garioch 1998 Wine Cask Matured 48% 70cl
    New bottling from Highland distiller Glen Garioch. This small batch bottling has been matured in Bordeaux wine casks since 1998. The result is a complex whisky which is rich with autumn fruits such as brambles, blueberries and plums with warm spices, with ginger and marmalade and a honeyed sweetn...
  • Glentauchers 1996 43% 70cl
    Glentauchers which was founded in 1898, by the founders of Buchanans Blend and Black and white blended whisky. The style is sweet with pear and cinnamon and touches of cardamom. The palate is spicy with sweet summer berries and a creamy milk chocolate edge.
  • Glen Mhor 30 years old 1982 Old Malt Cask 50% 70cl
    Glen Mhor closed in 1983, so bottlings are becoming increasingly more rare. This 1982 bottling from Douglas Laing under their Old Malt Cask bottling was bottled October 2012 at 30 years of age at 50% vol. 1 of 228 bottles form a single refilled hogshead. Ref: DL 9183
  • Balblair 1999 46% 70cl 2nd Release
    This is the second release of Balblair 1999 which has been aged in a combination of ex Bourbon barrels and Ex sherry casks. The later gives this malt its deep amber colour, with aromas of rich fruit cake, spice and citrus notes. The palate is full-bodied, sweet and spicy with honey, vanilla and a...
  • Balblair 1990 46% 2nd Release bottled 2014
    This is the second release of Balblair 1990 which has been matured in a combination ex Bourbon casks and ex-sherry butts. The colour is deep amber/mahogany with a spciy but sweet nose of raisins, toffee and honey. The palate is full bodied with sherry notes to the fore, christmas cake, honey with...
  • The Ardmore Legacy 40% 70cl
    Ardmore Legacy is a lightly peated Highland Malt which was mainly used in the blneded whisky Teachers until recent times. This single malt is light and silky with peat and vanilla, with sweet honey and spice.
  • Tomatin Cask Strength Edition 57.5% 70cl
    This is the first time s cask strength Tomatin has been added to the range. Batch no. 1 has been matured in a combination of Bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks and is a limited release of 15000 bottles worldwide. On the nose there is citrus fruits with sweet syrup and gingerbread biscuits. The pala...
  • Glenmorangie Tusail Private Edition 46% 70cl
    This is thye sixth release in the Private Edition range from Glenmorangie. Tusail which means 'Originary' is made using floor malted Maris Otter Barley, a winter Barley which was very popular in the 60s, but has since been over taken by higher yielding strains. Maris otter was prized for its ric...
  • Cu Bocan Virigin Oak Limited Edition 46% 70cl
    The second release in the trilogy of Cu Bocan whiskies which show cases the influence that the casks have on Cu Bocan is Virgin oak.Three types of casks are used in the making this whisky, sherry, Virgin oak and Bourbon. Only 6000 bottles was produced which shows lovely citrus zest with wa...
  • Glencadam 1991 Connoisseurs Choice 46% 70cl
    Glencadam has been in production since 1825 and extensively modernised in the 1960's with most of the production going into Ballantines and cream of Barely blended whisky. It has now found favour as a single malt with many awards following. This expression has been matured in first fill bourbon b...
  • The Glendronach 8 years old The Hielan 46% 70cl
    The Hielan from Glendronach Distillery has been aged for 8 years in a combination of Bourbon and sherry casks. The result is a malt with warm spices, sherried fruit, gingerbread wrapped up in butterscotch and toasted almonds. The finish is classic sherry with a contrasting crisp finish.
  • Clynelish 1993 Montgomeries Rare Select 46% 70cl
    Distilled in 1993 at the Clynelish Distillery this is 1 of 231 bottles from a single cask. Bottled in January 2015 from cask no.7559
  • Blair Athol 12 years old 43% 70cl
    A lovely Highland whisky which is part of Diageo's Flora and Fauna Range of single malts. Blair Athol has lovely sherry notes combined with rich fruit and spicy oak flavours to produce a rich, but balanced malt.
  • Glenmorangie Original 10 years old 40% 70cl
    Elegant swan necked stills, the tallest in Scotland, produce Glenmorangie whisky which is coaxed into perfect maturation through the use of oak bourbon casks, settled in traditional stone - built, earth - floored warehouses. After ten years of relaxation in the gentle Highland climate, the whisky...
  • Loch Lomond Original 40% 70cl
    Loch Lomond Single malt has been made at the distillery in Loch Lomond for the last 180 years and aged to perfection on the bankc of the lochs.
  • Tomatin 1996 Connoisseurs Choice 46% 70cl
    Tomatin was the first Scottish Distillery to be wholly owned by a Japenese company. As late as 1956 there were only 2 stills in operation, but by 1973 there were 11 in total - 6 wash and 5 spirit stills. Then in a major expansion programme the capacity was boosted to 23 stills, making Toma...
  • Glengoyne 21 years old 70cl
    Another four years in the cask sees Glengoyne 21 Years Old achieve the optimum balance of flavours and the maximum benefits from the wood. Tasting Notes Appearance: Old gold with good legs Nose: Red apples, toffee, vanilla, sherry and sweet hay Mouthfeel: Soft...
  • Glengoyne 10 years old 70cl
    Unlike most other single malts Glengoyne has been preserving the essence of its flavour for decades by using air-dried barley rather than barley dried using harsh peat smoke. The result is a more subtle, complex whisky in which all of the delicate flavours are freely allowed to express themselves...
  • The Glendronach 12 years old 43% 70cl
    This superb richly sherried single malt is matured for at least 12 years in a combination of the finest Spanish Pedro Ximinez and Oloroso sherry casks. Non-chill filtered, of natural colour and bottled at 43%, the GlenDronach 12 year old Original is a sweet, creamy dram. Appearance...
  • Teaninich 10 years old 43% 70cl
    Part of Diageo Flora & Fauna range, a grassy malt with a lovely malty character.
  • Deanston 12 years old 46.3% 70cl
    Deanston 12 years old single malt whisky is bottled at 46.3% vol and is un-chill filtered. Made by distiller Ian Macmillan.
  • Oban 1999 Distillers Edition 43% 70cl
    Oban distillers Edition single malt whisky has been finished in a cask which previously held Montilla Fino wine. Oban is located on the Western Coast of Scotland which helps to give the malt its distinct hint of peat. It has gentle sweentess and a surprising richness on the palate. The dry cask f...
  • The Glenturret Peated Batch No.1 43% 70cl
    This is part of the new Range from Glenturret Distillery. This one is made from peated malt which has untill recently been used in the Famous Grouse blended whisky.
  • Glenturret 2002 43% 70cl The Macphails Collection
    This Glenturret has been bottled under the Gordon & Macphail Collection bottling. Distilled in 2001 and bottled in 2015 at 43% vol in a combination of Sherry and bourbon casks. It has sherry influences with vanilla, hints of toffee apple and beeswax polish. On the palate there is ripe banana,...
  • The Deveron 18 years old 40% 70cl
    The Deveron 18 years old is the new renamed whisky from the Macduff distillery. Dropping the Glen and just using 'The Deveron' this 18 years old has been matured in a combination of Sherry and Bourbon casks.
  • Glen Mhor 1980 Bottled 2011 43% 70cl
    Very collectible bottling of Glen Mhor distilled in 1980 and bottled 2011 by Gordon & Macphail
  • Glen Mhor 1965 Bottled 2007 43% 70cl
    Rare bottling of Glen Mhor distilled 1965 and bottled 2007 by Gordon & Macphail.
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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.