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 first widely available bottling from the newly formed Wolfburn Distillery. This is a great start..
€30.00 Ex Tax: €24.79
A 1980s bottling of Highland Distillery, Tullibardine 10 Year Old single malt. Old square-shape bott..
€147.56 Ex Tax: €121.95
Soft, sweet and fruity with a mouth-filling oiliness. This Speysider is seldom seen bottled as a sin..
€95.41 Ex Tax: €78.85
2 bottles each containing 35cl.
This is a twin pack with two half bottles of Tomatin. One has been exclusively aged in Bourbon casks..
€150.99 Ex Tax: €124.79
A superb full-strength Tomatin which has been drawn from a combination of Bourbon and Sherry cask ma..
€72.99 Ex Tax: €60.32
The first release of Tomatin whisky to be matured in a Caribbean rum cask. This has the typical smoo..
€62.00 Ex Tax: €51.24
The 21 year old Tomatin is a big fruity, juicy malt. The casks chosen are predominantly ex-bourbon w..
€177.06 Ex Tax: €146.33
A new addition to the Tomatin range in 2014. This is a delicious and fruity whisky that has been age..
€255.99 Ex Tax: €211.56
A rich and full flavoured, yet smooth and soft single malt. This was initially matured in ex-bourbon..
€92.00 Ex Tax: €76.03
A good quality 15 year old that has been entirel matured in American white oak (bourbon) barrels. Th..
€74.75 Ex Tax: €61.78
Released in 2014 as a welcome addition to the Tomatin single malt range. This has been matured in re..
€81.64 Ex Tax: €67.47
The Tomatin 12 Year Old is an award winning single malt from the Scottish Highlands. This particular..
€40.00 Ex Tax: €33.06
Quite a different Tobermory to the standard 10 year old. Like most whiskies from the distillery this..
€130.99 Ex Tax: €108.26
Tobermory is finally coming of age and this 46.3% expression proves that the distillery is making gr..
€59.99 Ex Tax: €49.58
A limited edition Timorous Beastie aged for a minimum of 10 years. Sweet Highland malts like Glengoy..
€50.60 Ex Tax: €41.82
A vatting of smoky/peaty malts which have been sourced from Islay distilleries at Port Askaig and..
€70.99 Ex Tax: €58.67