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Scotch Whisky

Scottish whiskies are among the world’s most revered spirits. There are varying styles, though all can be delectable masterworks in their own right. Some are flavoured heavily by peat and smoke, others are light and fruity. Coastal whiskies are often flavoured by the sea and a refined salinity can be found. There is always a sweetness; sometimes in omnipresence, sometimes lurking in the substrata.

There are regional distinctions in Scotch whisky much like the wine appellations of France. The robust, aromatic clarets of Bordeaux can be paralleled with the pungent, powered single malts from the Highlands. The sweet, fragrant, floral whites of Alsace are comparable with the gentle, fruity expressions from the Lowlands. The profusion of Scotch distilleries is such that it is difficult, and unwise, to make broad generalisations. To truly master the subject, one must first embark on a lifetime’s journey - a journey of knowledge, history and experience.

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Speyside Whisky

Speyside proffers the lighter, sweeter drams. Body is brought with age and some of the heavily sherried, well-aged Speyside single malts are particularly full. The lighter, younger whiskies can be rather delightful with superb balance. The sweetness is often honeyed and delicate and peat is rarely used, nor are the drams particularly salty. Speyside whiskies are rarely finished in exotic wood.

An independently bottled Benrinnes single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a single hogshead. It was distilled back in 2001 and left to age until 2014, when it was bottled by Wemyss Malts, with an outturn of 425 bottles. To give you an idea of how this one tastes, Wemyss have given it a rather enjoyable name - Rhubarb Royale. Not only does it bring to mind flavours of rhubarb crumble, it also makes us think of wrestling, which is cool.
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$95.90
Bit of whizz in the kitchen and fancy pairing food with whisky? Then this is just the thing for you - A Classic Malts & Food gift set, which features a bottle of Knockando's excellent 1994 vintage 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky, four branded tasting glasses and a recipe book, which ought to inspire some fantastic pairings. Please note: The recipe books are in French.
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$88.90

Islay Whisky

Single malts from Islay tend to be the most pungent and peaty of all Scotch whiskies. This is particularly true to the south of the isle, where peat smoke is rife, as is tar and salinity. Further north there is not quite the peaty intensity; instead there is often plenty of fruit and refinement. There is always a good degree of balance, wherever one is on the isle.

A much sought-after single malt with the massive peat-smoke that's typical of southern Islay - but also offering richness and a dryness that turns it into a truly interesting dram. The 16 year old has become a benchmark Islay dram from the Lagavulin distillery.
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$79.53
This is an independently bottled, single cask, 21 year old Ardbeg single malt Scotch whisky. Yes, writing that sort of thing is always pretty exciting to do - almost as much as reading it! This Islay single malt was distilled at the Ardbeg distillery back in September 1993 and left to mature in cask #1289 until December 2014, when it was bottled for the Mackillop's Choice range with an outturn of 280 bottles. If this piques your fancy, make sure you grab one quick before they're all gone.
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$550.66

Island Whisky

The Islands is a diverse region, though the single malts are usually rather rich. Smoke is a recurring theme, as is balance and richness. There is often a good peat, salinity and counteracting cereal sweetness. There are no hard and fast rules for the Islands, for the terroir and production methods differ greatly between distilleries.

18 year old Arran single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the wonderful Old Malt Cask range by Hunter Laing. This Island malt was distilled in December 1995 and left to mature in a refill hogshead until August 2014. It was bottled with an outturn of 372 bottles. Rich with sweet, chocolate-y toffee and green apple notes. Mmm... Toffee apples... Is it Bonfire Night yet?
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$136.20
Named for the longships which Vikings used to travel around in, the Highland Park Drakkar was originally released for the Travel Retail market. With a good portion of Sherry-cask-matured single malt at it's core, this smoky dram is well balanced with generous helpings of sweet, juicy, wine-like fruit notes.
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$77.61

Highland Whisky

The Highlands is a broad appellation, though the whiskies tend to be full in body. The Highlands is divided into four regions; Northern Highland whiskies are full, cereal sweet and rich; Southern Highland whiskies are slightly lighter with dryness and fruit; Eastern Highland whiskies are full, dry and very fruity; Western Highland whiskies are full and pungent with plenty of peat and smoke.

34 year old single malt Scotch whisky, distilled by Glen Mhor in 1975, around 8 years before the distillery was closed (and eventually demolished). This well-matured single malt Scotch whisky comes presented as part of the Duncan Taylor Tantalus range, which is reserved for long-aged and rather special whiskies (such as this one). It comes in a hand-blown decanter, housed in a wooden tantalus case.
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$1531.74
Single malt Scotch whisky from the Fettercairn distillery in the Highlands, bottled by Douglas Laing. This malty, youthful dram was distilled in autumn 2006 and left to mature for 8 years, until it was bottled in autumn 2014 for the Provenance range.
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$51.14

Lowland Whisky

Whiskies from the Lowlands tend to be light and gentle. The single malts are usually quite dry. Peat is very rarely used. The single malts are soft and delicate and triple distillation is practiced, indeed it is for this that the region is known. There is very little salinity and plenty of floral notes and balanced fruit.

Another well-aged single grain Scotch whisky joins Douglas Laing's illustrious Xtra Old Particular range, this one from the Strathclyde distillery. It was distilled in October 1974 and was left to mature in a single refill hogshead for 40 years, until it was bottled in December 2014 with no chill-filtration or additional colours. 150 bottles were produced.
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$381.27
Yummy Auchentoshan whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead and bottled for the Distiller's Art range by Langside. It was distilled in October 1997 and left to age for 16 years before being bottled in 2014 with an outturn of 360 bottles.
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$92.98

Campbeltown Whisky

Campbeltown single malts are rather dry and gentle smoky. The proximity to the coast proffers a salty character. One can imagine a cross between the Western Highlands and the Lowlands, with a little salinity. There are now just three whisky distilleries in Campbeltown.

Another superb batch of 12 year old Springbank single malt Scotch whisky, presented at cask strength. This release, unveiled in early 2015, was drawn from a combination of Sherry and bourbon casks and clocks in at a hearty 53.2% ABV. Sweet with crumbly vanilla toffee and mint chocolate, it soon develops vibrant grassy notes and touches of peat on the mid palate, which last through to the finish.
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$71.10
An independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky, distilled by Glen Scotia in Campbeltown in 1992. It was bottled for the MacPhail's Collection by Gordon and MacPhail in 2014. The perfect opportunity to try some tasty Campbeltown whisky.
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$110.04

Other Scotch Whisky

Blended whisky is Scotland’s best-selling spirit. A Scotch blend is made up of both malt and grain whisky. The grain whisky is easy to produce, it being distilled in a column still. It is a little more neutral in taste, thus the malt whisky is added for flavour and body. Currently, blended whisky accounts for 90% of Scotland’s whisky production.

It's here, the 2014 Whisky Advent Calendar! Look at it. Regard it. What is surely the greatest advent calendar known to humankind is back for a third Christmas countdown, and there's still no better way to get into the festive spirit! Behind each of the 24 windows lies a different 3cl Drinks By The Dram sample of delicious whisky, so this year be sure to count down to Christmas in style (again). And if you like this, why not take a look at The Premium Whisky Advent Calendar! SPOILER ALERT! You can view the contents below if you really want to know by selecting 'Read more' - although we've still placed them in a random order below so the surprise won't be completely ruined! Read more
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$222.35
Is this the ultimate advent calendar? We certainly think so. For The Premium Whisky Advent Calendar from Drinks by The Dram contains 24 wax sealed sample drams of top quality whiskies behind its glorious windows! This really is a thing of beauty, a step up from the already incredible Whisky Advent Calendar, this is the way to count down to Christmas in consummate style. Expect all manner of treats from top distilleries in Scotland and around the world! SPOILER ALERT! You can view the contents below if you really want to know by selecting 'Read more' - although we've still placed them in a random order below so the surprise won't be completely ruined! Read more
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$415.13

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