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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.

Strictly 1 Per Customer! 15 year old BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky, firstly matured in American oak bourbon barrels, and then finished in Sauternes casks from the Bordeaux region. This finishing period has imparted subtle sparks of intense fruit sweetness, which blend well with the vanilla-rich, well-oaked single malt.
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$73.20
From the Singleton of Dufftown's range of expressions, which were originally released for Travel Retail, comes the Trinité, which is comprised of whisky drawn from European and American oak casks, then married together for further ageing. Sweet and chocolatey with hints of pear drops and crushed almonds.
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$87.92

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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$80.20
Extraordinarily aged Bunnahabhain from top bottler Douglas Laing's Xtra Old Particular range. Just 258 bottles of this historic whisky, distilled back in January 1975, were produced.
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$735.98

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.

Released as part of Highland Park's Orcadian Vintage series, this right here is a wonderfully well-aged single malt which was distilled all the way back in 1968! This whisky was taken from 8 refill hogsheads - when bottled in 2008, these casks yielded 1,550 bottles, presented at 45.6% ABV. This exceptional expression comes in a very handsome wooden presentation box - definitely worthy of housing this sublime single malt from Highland Park!
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$3514.19
Oooh, 18 year old Highland Park bottled by Hunter Laing for their Old Malt Cask range. This handsome Orcadian single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in November 1995 and matured in a single refill hogshead until June 2014, when it was bottled with an outturn of 221 bottles.
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$147.60

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.

A Hepburn's Choice bottling of 12 year old Auchroisk single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead from 2002 until 2014. It was bottled with an outturn of 407 bottles, all filled with ace Highland whisky.
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$78.94
An Old Malt Cask bottling of Glen Garioch single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead. It was distilled by those delightful Highland distillers in October 1994 and bottled by the wonderful chaps at Hunter Laing in October 2014, with an outturn of 322 bottles.
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$121.06

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.

From the Berry Brothers & Rudd range of independently bottled whiskies comes a 17 year old Auchentoshan single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single cask. Placed into the cask by the Lowland distillers in 1996, the whisky was matured until 2014, when it was bottled without any chill filtration or additional colours.
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$95.21
Released for travel retail, the Auchentoshan Heartwood is made with triple distilled single malt Scotch whisky which has been matured in both Oloroso Sherry casks and bourbon casks, resulting in a very well balanced expression from the Lowland distillery.
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$74.70

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.

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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$110.98
Independently bottled Springbank single malt! Awesome! This tasty Campbeltown whisky was distilled in May 1993 and matured in refill hogshead #10527 for 21 years, until it was bottled in October 2014. It was bottled for the Old Particular range by Douglas Laing with an outturn of 223 bottles.
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$366.38

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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$224.24
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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$418.65

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