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.
The Big Smoke is a young blend of malts which have been entirely sourced from Islay distilleries...
€35.49 Ex Tax: €28.85
As the name suggests this is a big whisky with lots of typical Islay smokiness. This is blended f..
€64.99 Ex Tax: €52.84
Created by John Ramsay the distillery's Malt Master. This is a fine Speyside whisky that is quit..
€56.95 Ex Tax: €46.30
This is a peated single malt whisky from an unknown mystery distillery in Scotland. Highly praised b..
€46.99 Ex Tax: €38.20
The Tomatin 12 Year Old is an award winning single malt from the Scottish Highlands. This particular..
€40.00 Ex Tax: €32.52
Released in 2014 as a welcome addition to the Tomatin single malt range. This has been matured in re..
€82.99 Ex Tax: €67.47
A good quality 15 year old that has been entirel matured in American white oak (bourbon) barrels. Th..
€75.99 Ex Tax: €61.78
A new addition to the Tomatin range in 2014. This is a delicious and fruity whisky that has been age..
€255.99 Ex Tax: €208.12
The 21 year old Tomatin is a big fruity, juicy malt. The casks chosen are predominantly ex-bourbon w..
€179.99 Ex Tax: €146.33
Soft, sweet and fruity with a mouth-filling oiliness. This Speysider is seldom seen bottled as a sin..
€96.99 Ex Tax: €78.85
A 1980s bottling of Highland Distillery, Tullibardine 10 Year Old single malt. Old square-shape bott..
€150.00 Ex Tax: €121.95
The first widely available bottling from the newly formed Wolfburn Distillery. This is a great start..
€30.00 Ex Tax: €24.39