Our Whisky Scotland range

Scotland is famous for its world-renowned Scotch Whisky. The origin of Scotch whisky dates back to the 11th century, the first documented mention dates back to 1494. Today, there are hundreds of distilleries in Scotland producing the "liquid gold". Some brands are among the best in the world.

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Scotland is famous for its world-renowned Scotch Whisky. The origin of Scotch whisky dates back to the 11th century, the first documented mention dates back to 1494. Today, there are hundreds of distilleries in Scotland producing the "liquid gold". Some brands are among the best in the world.

For whisky to officially bear the designation Scotch, it must be produced in a Scottish distillery and aged for at least three years in oak casks in Scotland. The ingredients must consist exclusively of water, malt, peat and yeast. The final product must be bottled with an alcohol content of at least 40% by volume.

There are three types of Scotch whisky: single malt, single grain and blended. Single malts such as The Dalmore or Glenfarclas Single Highland Malt are made from malted barley. Single grains such as Kilbeggan Single Grain or Bain's Cape Mountain Single Grain are usually made from corn with a proportion of malted barley. Blended whiskies such as Chivas Regal Blended Scotch Whisky or Johnnie Walker Blue Label are produced by combining single malt and single grain.

There are five recognised Scotch whisky regions: Lowland, Highland, Islay, Campbeltown and Speyside. Due to the different conditions in each region, the whiskies each have unique characteristics. Lowland single malts are traditionally triple distilled and are known for a malty, spicy flavour and subtle aromas of citrus. Highland whiskies have a heavier, drier character and are enhanced with notes of nuts, honey and heather. Islay malts are more peaty and smoky with strong flavours. Campbeltown whisky is characterised by a distinct dry, smoky and salty flavour. Speyside whisky is known for its elegance and sophistication with subtle nutty and fruity notes.