Although whiskey can be produced anywhere in the world, ‘Scotch’ is a protected status granted only to whiskey distilled in Scotland and matured there for at least three years in oak casks. From the land of Caledonia hails a huge array of Scottish Distilleries, including some of our biggest Customer Favorites, as well as extremely rare and collectable drams.
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 flavored heavily by peat and smoke, others are light and fruity. Coastal whiskies are often flavored 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 malt whiskey 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 whiskey distilleries is such that it is difficult, and unwise, to make broad generalizations. To truly master the subject, one must first embark on a lifetime’s journey – a journey of knowledge, history and experience.