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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.

A terrific Tantalus bottling of 45 year old Macduff single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from cask #4458. It was distilled back in 1968 and matured for 2 score and 5 years (45 years if you're not Abraham Lincoln) before being bottled for this premium range by Duncan Taylor, which presents the whisky in a hand-blown decanter and wooden Tantalus.
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$2265.81
One of the Glenfarclas Family Cask bottlings, featuring a single malt Scotch whisky distilled in 1982 and matured in a plain hogshead cask until July 2014. It was bottled as part of their Autumn 2014 release, with just 230 bottles produced.
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$626.70

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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$82.38
A travel retail release of Bruichladdich organic single malt Scotch whisky, made with barley sourced from Mid Coul Farm, Mains of Tullibardine Farm and Coulmore farm. It's an unpeted expression, light and sweet with toffee, citrus, almond and subtle touches of exotic fruit.
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$98.71

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.

Talisker Skye (70cl, 45.80%)
Talisker Skye was introduced in early 2015, named after the beautiful island on which the distillery resides. This expression brings with it a well-rounded flavour profile packed with fresh citrus, sweet smoke, peppery spice and traditional Talisker maritime notes. It's matured in a combination of refill and toasted American oak casks, with a slightly higher proportion of toasted casks. Would make a great first impression for those unfamiliar with the classic Talisker flavour profile, and there's a lot to love here for diehard Talisker fans too.
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$59.83
A Duncan Taylor Tantalus bottling of 45 year old Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky, distilled all the way back in 1968. Yes, we quite agree - that does sound pretty remarkable indeed. Duncan Taylor's Tantalus range is reserved for rare, old whiskies (much like this well-aged Orcadian), and are presented in hand-blown glass decanters and wooden Tantalus made from the casks which aged the whiskies to house said glass decanter.
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$3112.16

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 limited edition 1975 vintage anCnoc single malt Scotch whisky from the Knockdhu distillery. The whisky was drawn from only three casks (Spanish and American oak) and eventually bottled in 2014 with no additional colours or chill-filtration. 2014 was a big year for Knockdhu, with the unveiling of their hotly anticipated anCnoc peaty range and a number of other tasty releases. Bottling this 1975 vintage must have been the cherry on top! 1,590 bottles were released.
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$447.88
A handsome Ibisco decanter, filled with 18 year old Clynelish! Nice! This tasty Highland whisky was distilled in June 1996 and was eventually bottled decantered decanted? put into the aforementioned handsome Ibisco decanters in July 2014. 829 of these were produced by Signatory.
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$101.72

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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The 2000 vintage Glenkinchie Distillers Edition, bottled in 2014 at 43% ABV. It was finished in Amontillado Sherry casks, imparting a gamut of gorgeous, spicy aromas and a depth of dark fruit on the palate, which works very well with the honey'd freshness of Glenkinchie single malt.
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$96.44

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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$73.72
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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$376.35

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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$230.34
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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$430.04

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