Scotland is renowned both for its single malt and its blended whiskies.
A single malt whisky is a product of a single distillery made using a local source of water and malted barley, aged for at least 3 years in oak barrels, and of an alcoholic strength of at least 40% vol. The great strength of Scottish single malts is that it often reflects perfectly its environment. For example, Islay and island malts often bear the briny imprint of maturation in warehouses close to cold northern seas, whereas the softness and smoothness of lowland malts reflect the gentler climate of southern Scotland.
Blended Scotch is a product of blending malts and grain whisky from different distilleries. The aim is generally to produce a smooth, easy to enjoy whisky for both drinking and in some cases mixing.
The production of Scotch whisky can be broken down into seven key stages commonly known as the “seven steps to heaven” – Malting(converting starch into sugar), Kilning( stopping the conversion), Milling(grinding the barley), Mashing(extracting the sugar from the barley), Fermentation(turning the sugar into alcohol), Distillation(turning the alcohol into high proof spirit), Maturation(turning the spirit into whisky). If the kilning is done using a peat fire, the whisky will have a smokey/peaty flavour. If maturation takes place in a barrel formerly used to mature Bourbon, the whisky will have flavours of caramel, toffee and vanilla. If the spirit is matured in former Sherry barrels it will have flavours of rich fruits such as raisins, dates and sultanas.
This 18 year old expression of Aberfeldy was originally created for travel retail but is now availab..
€104.99 Ex Tax: €85.36
Part of Aberfeldy's core range, the 21 Year Old sets a high benchmark for other 21 Year Old Scot..
€192.95 Ex Tax: €156.87
The entry level single malt in the Aberlour range, this is a good value single malt that has some ni..
€50.99 Ex Tax: €41.46
Aged in both traditional oak casks and sherry casks. This is a buttery and mouth-filling whisky with..
€57.95 Ex Tax: €47.11
This 16 year old Aberlour has been matured initially in traditional first fill ex-bourbon casks and ..
€78.99 Ex Tax: €64.22
A rich and spicy single malt that has been drawn from a hefty proportion of sherry casks. Very well ..
€102.00 Ex Tax: €82.93
The A'Bunadh is bottled at natural cask strength and has been matured in sherry casks giving som..
€97.50 Ex Tax: €79.27
Aberlour's Casg Annamh, named after the Gaelic for 'rare cask', is triple matured in Eur..
€76.00 Ex Tax: €61.79
Allt a Bhainne is a large distillery in Speyside and is owned by Chivas Regal. Despite its large cap..
€109.99 Ex Tax: €89.42
A very pleasant and medium-light bodied single malt that is great for just about any occasion. Th..
€49.99 Ex Tax: €40.64
An example of how fresh bourbon barrel maturation can bring out some great flavours in a malt whi..
€74.99 Ex Tax: €60.97
Pronounced Oog-a-dal, the name literally means 'dark and mysterious' and is also the name of..
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Part of Gordon and MacPhail's distillery label series. This has been matured in a refill sherry ..
€79.99 Ex Tax: €65.03
The replacement to the Ardmore Traditional Cask, this does not carry an age statement and is compris..
€39.99 Ex Tax: €32.51
The core expression in the Arran range and an incredibly popular single malt. Like all other Arran w..
€48.99 Ex Tax: €39.83
The 14 year old Arran replaces the previous 12 year old and it is matured entirely in first fill bou..
€57.99 Ex Tax: €47.15