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Scotch 12 Year Old Whisky

A 12-year-old Scotch whisky represents a significant milestone in the maturation process of this revered spirit. Scotch, by definition, must be distilled and aged in Scotland, and the number 12 on a bottle of Scotch signifies the youngest age of the spirit within the blend - with every drop having been aged in oak barrels for at least 12 years. This period of ageing is often considered a sweet spot by many enthusiasts, where the character of the whisky has developed complexity without losing the vibrancy of its youthful traits.

During its 12 years in casks, Scotch whisky undergoes remarkable transformations. The interaction between the spirit and the wood alters its chemical makeup, smoothing out the rough edges of the raw spirit and adding layers of flavour. The type of cask used - be it American oak, which imparts vanilla and caramel notes, or European oak, known for its tannins and dried fruit characteristics - plays a significant role in the final taste profile. Additionally, whether the cask has previously held sherry, bourbon, or another spirit further influences the whisky's complexity and depth.At 12 years, Scotch whisky has usually reached a point of balance between the inherent flavours of the distilled spirit and those imparted by the wood of the cask. It’s young enough to retain the freshness and distinct characteristics of the grain and the distillation process yet sufficiently matured to exhibit a rounded smoothness and a symphony of secondary flavours like chocolate, nuts, spices, or smoke, depending on the distillery's location and techniques.

Scotland is home to several whisky-producing regions, each with its trademark characteristics. A 12-year-old Scotch from Islay, for example, might boast a robust peat smoke essence, while a Speyside of the same age could highlight fruitiness and elegance. Highland Scotches often present heather and floral notes, and those from the Lowlands can be more gentle and grassy. The age statement assures you of maturity, but the region hints at the tasting journey.A 12-year-old Scotch is versatile. It can be enjoyed neat, where the drinker can fully appreciate its nuances, or with a drop of water to open up even more flavours and aromas. It also finds a welcome place in high-end cocktails, where its quality can elevate even the simplest of mixes.

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Kilkerran 12 Year Old product image
Kilkerran 12 Year Old
70 cl / 46% ABV
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52.00
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The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak product image
The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak
70 cl / 40% ABV
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126 Reviews
76.95
78.00 -1%
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Tobermory 12 Year Old
70 cl / 46.3% ABV
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56 Reviews
41.49
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Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old product image
Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old
70 cl / 46.3% ABV
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236 Reviews
42.99
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Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old product image
Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old
70 cl / 40% ABV
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242 Reviews
44.95
The Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask product image
The Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask
70 cl / 40% ABV
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54 Reviews
73.95
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Caol Ila 12 Year Old
70 cl / 43% ABV
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172 Reviews
55.00
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Dalmore 12 Year Old
70 cl / 40% ABV
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146 Reviews
56.99
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Glenfarclas 12 Year Old
70 cl / 43% ABV
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57 Reviews
42.90
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Tamdhu 12 Year Old
70 cl / 43% ABV
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25 Reviews
45.24
Glenkinchie 12 Year Old product image
Glenkinchie 12 Year Old
70 cl / 43% ABV
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82 Reviews
39.49
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Balvenie 12 Year Old - The Sweet Toast of American Oak product image
Balvenie 12 Year Old - The Sweet Toast of American Oak
70 cl / 43% ABV
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15 Reviews
50.49
51.78 -2%
Blair Athol 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna product image
Blair Athol 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
70 cl / 43% ABV
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51 Reviews
63.00
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GlenAllachie 12 Year Old
70 cl / 46% ABV
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39 Reviews
47.00
Glen Garioch 12 Year Old product image
Glen Garioch 12 Year Old
70 cl / 48% ABV
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49 Reviews
53.95
Royal Brackla 12 Year Old Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish product image
Royal Brackla 12 Year Old Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish
70 cl / 46% ABV
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7 Reviews
62.90
Aberfeldy 12 Year Old product image
Aberfeldy 12 Year Old
70 cl / 40% ABV
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201 Reviews
38.10
Edradour Caledonia 12 Year Old product image
Edradour Caledonia 12 Year Old
70 cl / 46% ABV
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26 Reviews
61.90
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Benriach The Twelve
70 cl / 46% ABV
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19 Reviews
45.95
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Fettercairn 12 Year Old
70 cl / 40% ABV
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21 Reviews
48.00
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Deanston 12 Year Old
70 cl / 46.3% ABV
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83 Reviews
43.49
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Aberlour 12 Year Old Double Cask Matured
70 cl / 40% ABV
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137 Reviews
42.99