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.
Having been aged in both American oak and Sherry casks, the Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask has not..
€89.00 Ex Tax: €73.55
The classic Macallan of old. Unfortunately these days it is getting harder to source Macallan that h..
€89.00 Ex Tax: €73.55
This 12 Year Old Macallan has been matured in a mixture of European sherry casks, American sherry ca..
€82.00 Ex Tax: €67.77
The Macallan Double Cask 15 Years Old is an extremely well balanced single malt aged in both Europea..
€135.00 Ex Tax: €111.57
Part of the 1824 collection which was brought out as a travel retail exclusive, this whisky has been..
€200.00 Ex Tax: €165.29
Machrie Moor is Arran's peated single malt and it takes its name from the wild and rugged moor o..
€49.00 Ex Tax: €40.50
Machrie Moor is a peated single malt from the Arran distillery. Bottled at natural cask streng..
€63.99 Ex Tax: €52.88
Using a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry-matured whisky and produced at the Mortlach distille..
€79.90 Ex Tax: €66.03
The 14 year old expression is the core bottling from Oban distillery and was an original member of D..
€71.00 Ex Tax: €58.68
The first release from the Bruichladdich's Octomore 10 series, this 5 year old expression was ag..
€180.50 Ex Tax: €149.17
The 10.3 edition of the Octomore 10 series from Bruichladdich. The barley used for this distillation..
€216.50 Ex Tax: €178.93
A smooth and soft blend that is said to be as soft as a pig's nose. This is composed of youthful ..
€39.99 Ex Tax: €33.05
Comprised entirely of single malt whiskies, many of which are from the islands giving this a pleasan..
€87.99 Ex Tax: €72.72
There is nothing quite like Talisker. It remains one of the most instantly recognisable Scottish sin..
€58.99 Ex Tax: €48.75
Bottled at a perfect 18 years old this combines the power and smoke of Talisker with some more matur..
€145.00 Ex Tax: €119.83
Released initially for the Travel Retail market, Talisker's Dark Storm is matured in heavily cha..
€90.00 Ex Tax: €74.38