Scotch Whisky

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  • Ardbeg Corryvreckan 57.1% 70cl
    Corryvreckan takes its name from the famous whirlpool that lies to the north of Islay, where only the bravest souls dare to venture. Swirling aromas and torrents of deep, peaty, peppery taste lurk beneath the surface of this beautifully balanced dram. Like the whirlpool itself, Co...
  • Caol Ila Moch 43% 70cl
    Caol Ila Moch is a new whisky from this Islay Distiller. Its name means 'Dawn' in Gaelic, and as this whisky has been chosen on flavour alone regardless of age or strength it is a rather exciting addition to the range. Clean and fresh on the nose, followed by smoky dry notes of peat. On the palat...
  • Ardbog Day 2013 52.1%
    The 2013 Islay Festival bottling 'Ardbog' has been matured in Manzanilla sherry casks and refill bouron wood. The salty character of the manzanilla sherry casks lends its self really well with the peaty brine flavours of Ardbeg. Distillery Tasting notes; Distillery: Aroma: Deep, enticing ...
  • Bowmore 1989 Port Cask 50.8% 70cl
    A limited release bottling from Islay distiller Bowmore. Distilled in 1989 and bottles in 2013 this 23 year old whisky has spent it entire life maturing in port pipes. This gives the whisky a beautiful deep mahogony colour wirh ruby hues. Rich and smoky with red fruits and cherries on the nose, t...

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  • Ardbeg 1992 21 years old Old Malt Cask 15 Anniversary 50.2% 70cl
    To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Old Malt Cask bottlings from Douglas Laing they have selected six of their best casks to mark this landmark. This bottling of Ardbeg distilled in March 1992 and bottled in November 2013 was bottled at cask strength 50.2% vol. 1 of only 136 bottles
  • Caol Ila Unpeated Stichell Reserve Special Release 2013 59.6% 70cl
    A limited edition, natural cask strength single malt from the Caol Ila Distillery in Islay. This is the eigth limited release of Un- Peated whisky. Matured in a mix of refill American oak and rejuvenated American oak and ex-european oak. Named after distillery manager Billy Stichell. Appea...
  • Bruichladdich Scottish Barley The Classic Laddie 50% 20cl
    A baby size bottle of Bruichladdich's uber provinence Scottish barely and bottled unchilfiltered at 50% vol. This has been unpeated and is part or their core range giving the ultimate expression of Bruichladdich single malt
  • Port Charlotte Scottish Barley Heavily Peated Bruichladdich 50% 20cl
    A baby size bottle of Port Charlotte Heavily Peated Islay single malt has been made using exclusively Scottish barley which is peated to 40ppm and bopttled at 50% vol. The ideal size to dip you toe into the peaty water of Islay!
  • Bunnahabhain Ceobanach Batch No.1 46.3% 70cl
    This limited Batch Bunnahabhain called Ceobanach pronounced Kyaw-bin-och which means 'smoky mist' has been made to reflect times gone by, when peat was the life blood of people on Islay.Peat was used to heat their homes, make their whisky and trade for money. This whisky has been matured in ex b...
  • Caol Ila 1990 Mackillops Choice 54.4% 70cl
    Single cask bottling of Caol Ila under the Mackillops Choice label. Distilled on the 8th February 1990 and bottled in February 2015 at cask strength 54.4% vol. 1 of 302 bottles only
  • Ardbeg 1993 54.3% vol Mackillops Choice 70cl
    Rare independant bottling of Ardbeg by Mackillops Choice, distilled 2 September 1993 and bottled December 2014 at cask strength 54.3% vol. 1 of only 280 bottles.
  • Octomore 6 years old Rest & be Thankful Whisky Co 63.8% 70cl
    A very limited batch of Octomore distilled on 12th December 1997 and matured in Sauternes Wines cask before bottling on 19th November 2014 and casl strength 63.8% vol. We are not sure of the peating levels on this, but they are between 120-140 ppm, so very peaty.
  • Caol Ila 2004 Connoisseurs Choice 46% 70cl
    This newly bottled Caol Ila has been matured in a First Fill Bourbon casks and bottled under the Connoiseurs Choice label in 2015. Cured meat notes on the nose with a sweet palate of pear and orange backed by bonfirme peat smoke.
  • Laphroaig 10 years old 40% 70cl
    Laphroaig 10 Year Old is an all-malt Scotch Whisky from the remote island of Islay in the Western Isles of Scotland. Laphroaig, pronounced "La-froyg", is a Gaelic word meaning "the beautiful hollow by the broad bay". In making Laphroaig, malted barley is dried o...
  • Bowmore The Devils Cask Release III 56.7% 70cl
    The third instalment of the Devil's Cask series from Bowmore is a marriage of malt aged Pedro Ximenez sherry casks and First Fill Oloroso Sherry Casks. A very deep rich mahogany colour with exotic fruits on the nose sultana, raisin, mango with treacle and toffee. The palate is smoo...
  • Kilchoman 2008 Vintage 46% 70cl
    This is the First 7 year old malt released by the distillery which was established in 2005. This was distilled in 2008 and matured in bourbon barrels before bottling in 2005. It has a powerful nose of peat smoke, spice, dark chocolate and citrus notes. The palate is wonderfully balanced with peat...
  • Octomore Islay Barley /07.3 Lorgba Field 63% 70cl
    This is the newest edition to the Octomore stable which was Distilled in 2010 and bottled at 5 years old. Made with local barley which was harvested from the Lorba field it was peated to 169ppm and aged in American bourbon and Spanish wine barrels from the Ribera del Duero region.
  • Elements of Islay Peat 59.3% 50cl
    Big, full on peaty whisky made froma blend of malts from Islay.
  • Bruichladdich Classic Laddie Glass Pack 50% 70cl
    The Classic Laddie made from unpeated Scottish Barely and bottled at 50% vol, with 2 branded whisky glasses in a gift carton. Floral and elegant In style it has been matured in ex Bourbon and French oak casks.
  • Bunnahabhain 11 years Cadenheads Small Batch 56.5% 70cl
    The Name Bunnahabhain means " foot of the River" . This bottling is from a single Bourbon cask, just 228 bottles. Distilled 2005 and bottled 2106 at 11 years old at 56.5% vol.
  • Port Askaig 8 years old 45.8% 70cl
    A delicious 8 year old single malt from Islay, Called Port Askaig after the local harbour of the same name. Probably produced at the island's largest distillery with sweet fruit and bonfire on the beach.
  • Bruichladdich Ancien Regime 1998 46% 70cl
    This bottling from Bruichladdich is one of the last bottlings under the old regime and owners of the distillery. Bottled under the guidance of now retired distillery manager Jim Mcewan. Aged for 12 years in a bourbon cask.
  • Octomore 10 Year Old Second Limited Edition 57.3% 70cl
    Octomore is a sophisticated Islay single malt Scotch whisky with a dedicated following. Released in esoteric limited editions, each unique issue subtly expands the sensory boundaries that enlightened students of smoke love to challenge. This spirit was distilled in December 2005 us...
  • Ardbeg 25 years old Magnum Old & Rare 51.2% 150cl
    Very rare bottling a Magnum (150cl), of Ardbeg distilled in March 1991 and bottled August 2016 by Hunter Laing. 1 of 30 bottles only with magnum carrying and individual number. Presented in a heavy weight wooden box with certificate of authenticity.
  • Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2009 Claggan Cruach 70cl 50%
    Following the Uber provenance of Bruichladdich this 2009 edition of Islay Barley has sourced its barley from 3 farms; Claggan, Cruach and Mulindry.  Each year is different and produces a different style according to the grain.
  • Bowmore Vault Edition First Release 51.5% 70cl
    This is the first edition in a new range from Bowmore distillery called Vault Edition No.1. It has been made from selected casks held in the Worlds oldest Scotch warehouse Vault No. 1, and represents the four layers of complexity represenetd in the whisky; Atlantic sea salt, Peated smoked perf...
  • Port Ellen 33 years old 47.5% 50cl Boutique-y whisky Company
    This is the sixth Batch of Port Ellen by the Boutique-y Whisky Company, but the first to carry and age statement. The label has a picture of John Beach of Fiddlers whisky bar, looking out to see. This is a limited run of just 250 bottles  
  • Bruichladdich 1984 Bourbon All In 32 Year Old Rare Cask Series 43.7% 70cl
    Bruichladdich head distiller Adam Hannett believes old Bruichladdich in Bourbon is the ultimate expression of whiksy. The fruit, the faint salt tang, the signature elegance is all there but there is now layer upon layer of vanilla and butterscotch complexity. In 2008, Bruichladdi...
  • Bruichladdich 1986 Sherry The Magnificent Seven 30 Year Old Rare Cask Series 44.6% 70cl
    An ultra-rare expression from Bruichladdich. This is an elegant, floral whisky with intense, full-term sherry maturation. First filled into Oloroso butts in 1986, this spirit lay untouched in the loch-side warehouses until 2012, when then Master Distiller Jim McEwan decided to s...
  • Bruichladdich 1985 Bourbon Hidden Glory 32 Year Old Rare Cask Series 48.7% 70cl
    This whisky was originally filled into gentle third fill Bourbon casks and lay untouched in Warehouse 14 until 2012. The then master distiller, Jim McEwan, discovered this forgotten parcel and re-casked it into fresh bourbon adding depth and complexity. Now in 2017 the final coup de grace...
  • Kilchoman 2009 Vintage 8 years old 46% 70cl
    2009 vintage of Kilchoman and bottled at 8 years old. Citrus lemon on the nose with vanilla and soft peat. The palate is soft and sweet to start with peat smoke building, ripe fruits clean and long finish.
  • Ma2 Elements of Islay 55.2% 50cl
    This is the second release of Ma2 in the Elements of Islay range. Matured in first fill bourbon casks, distilled in 2004 and bottled at cask strength 55.2. Margadale is a peated version of Bunnahabhain which shows the strong flavour profile with sweet fruits and rich smoke notes.
  • Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2008 Dunlossit Estate 50% 70cl
    This is Bruichladdich latest release of Bere Barley farmed at the Dunlossit estate on the Isle of Islay. The barley which is one of the oldest strains in Britain was harvested in 2007 and distilled in 2008,  a single vintage expression. The resulting whisky has been aged in ex-Americ...
  • Lp8 Elements of Islay 53.5% 50cl
    A special bottling of Laphroaig from a trio of ex-Madeira wine cask distilled in 1998. It has a beautiful mahogany colour with a sweet nose wrapped in a peaty blanket. The time in Madeira casks has softened the medicinal side of Laphroaig without covering up its charateristics.
  • Bruichladdich The Laddie Ten 50% 10 years old
    The new bottling of Bruichladdich 10 years has a mellow, oak sweetness is welcoming as are hints of bourbon and gingerbread, sherry and sultanas; and as they move on, there are the lighter, icing sugar-coated fruits. Its fresh and frictionless, the texture of warm honey - then dry, crispy, malt b...
  • Ardbeg 10 years old 46% 70cl
    Ardbeg Ten Years Old single malt whisky is a very special bottling for the Ardbeg distillery as it is the first non-chill filtered whisky in the Ardbeg range. Chill filtering isn`t a bad thing, in fact it created real consistency of product when the whisky industry was a little more `hap-hazard` ...
  • Bowmore 15 years old 43% 70cl
    Bowmore 15 Years Old is an brilliant example of a whisky expertly finished in Spanish Oak casks; starting its life maturing in American Bourbon casks, and then finishing in Oloroso Sherry casks. Paul Pacult from The Spirit Journal calls it "a clinic on how to finish a malt in sherry casks"....
  • Lagavulin 16 years old 43% 70cl
    Lagavulin 16 Year Old Malt is a powerful, peat-smoke nose with seaweed and some sweetness, salty and sweet flavours with hints of wood and a long peaty-salt finish. The rich, peaty water used to make Lagavulin 16 Year Old Malt, runs down to the distillery from the Solan Lochs in the hills...
  • Bunnahabhain 12 years old 46.3% 70cl
    The nose of this golden dram offers a fresh and aromatic experience with a subtle whiff of smoke floating through the air. The taste starts with a light fruit and nut appeal that leads to a spectacular malty sweetness. The finish is worth the anticipation as it develops into a beautifully rich, f...
  • Kilchoman Red Wine Cask Matured 2012 50% 70cl
    Kilchomans latest release for 2017 is a wine cask matured single malt. Fully matured in wine casks which previously held red wine from the Douro valley in Portugal. Distilled in 2012 and bottled late 2017 at 50% strength. These casks provide a unique sweetness to the peaty backbone of the malt...
  • Bowmore 18 years old 70cl
    Bowmore's 18 Years Old is one of the finest malts in its range. Matured in oak casks for over 18 years, the classic Bowmore smokiness is perfectly balanced with soft fruits and chocolate. A wonderful dram. TASTING NOTES Colour: Mellow Mahogany. Nose: Creamy caramel to...
  • Smokehead 18 years old Extra Black 43% 70cl
    Despite its 18 years maturation giving Extra Black a slightly more mellow flavour than the original Smokehead Islay Single Malt, Extra Black is certainly not for the faint hearted. A branded booklet provides tasting notes, bringing to life the rich, complex and peaty flavours of this distinctive ...
  • Bunnahabhain 8 years old Heavily Peated The Macphails Collection 43% 70cl
    This expression of Bunnahabhain has been heavily peated. Salty with a sweet smokiness, bonfire embers. It also shows tropical fruit flavours and milk chcoalate back by the smoke peat on the finish.
  • Ardbeg Auriverdes 49.9% vol 2014 Release
    Auriverdes is the name of this years Ardbeg day release. Named in the year of the Football World Cup in Brazil, Auri (gold) is the colour of the whisky and Verdes (green) for the distinctive green packaging of this Islay Malt. This special edition has had some special barrel aging, matured in Ame...
  • Ileach Peated Islay Malt 40% 70cl
    Ileach is a lovely young, Islay whisky sourced from one of the islands distilleries, but they won't tell you which one. Robust and strong flavours of smoke and a touch of sherry, a great dram which has received rave reviews from whisky critics
  • Laphroaig Select 40% 70cl
    A new entry level Laphroaig made up from selected casks of Quarter cask, PX Cask and triple wood. These are then blended and aged in new American oak cask fro a further six months in their highest warehouse during the summer months to maximise the extraction. Natural peaty flavour enhanced by the...
  • Bowmore 12 years old 40% 70cl
    Bowmore's 12 Years Old has received critical acclaim from throughout the whisky world. It won gold medal at both the ISC and IWSC 2009, calling it "beautifully balanced" and "an overall beauty". The late and great Micheal Jackson proclaimed it "remarkably long and comple...
  • Laphroaig Quarter Cask 48% 70cl
    Laphroaig Quarter Cask takes its inspiration from the small casks often used for Scotch Whisky in the 19th century and frequently transported across the Glens by packhorse. As the industry grew, they fell into disuse and bigger and more cost effective barrels became the norm, for m...
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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.