Loading Spinner

Scottish Whiskey

Scotland is indisputably the nucleus of whisky-making. Here, a malt whisky can only be made from malted barley. If it comes from a single distillery the bottle is designated as single malt, but if any other grains are used it is termed grain alcohol. Scotch must also be aged in wood barrels for a minimum of three years. The vast majority of them, however, mature for much longer, lending them complexity. Today, many whisky producers are taking avant-garde steps by finishing their whiskies in unconventional rum casks to add an intriguing dimension.

Unlike single malts, which are always double distilled in pot stills, blended whiskies meld single malt and double distilled grain whisky in continuous stills. This accessible sphere of the Scotch category, including such iconic brands as Chivas Regal and Johnnie Walker, is even more popular for an everyday quaff.

The range of Scotches made throughout the country is immense. While one hailing from the Lowlands, like Auchentoshan, is light and bright, one from the island of Islay, like Laphroaig, puts peat-spawned smoky notes in the spotlight. The majority of Scotland’s whiskies are made in Speyside and the Highlands, yielding plenty of grass, raisin, and chocolate notes.


Quick Facts

  • Scotch anchors cocktails such as the Rob Roy (vermouth and Angostura bitters) and the Bobby Burns (sweet vermouth and Bénédictine)
  • The first written mention of Scotch can be found in Exchequer Rolls of Scotland, dating from June 1, 1494
  • Single malt Scotches didn’t come into style until the 1960s, when Glenfiddich’s pioneering marketing encouraged sales

Recommended Items at Auction

See all items

bp parity badge
YE WHISKY OF YE MONKS SEALED AND FULL
Feb 29, 9:00 AM AEST
YE WHISKY OF YE MONKS SEALED AND FULL
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD304 Bids
The Macallan 10 Years, Single Malt
Mar 02, 10:00 AM CET
The Macallan 10 Years, Single Malt
by Svendborg Auktionerne ApS
Est: 1,500 kr- 3,000 kr
1,500 kr0 Bids
bp parity badge
Whisky - The Singleton 14
Mar 03, 8:00 PM CET
Whisky - The Singleton 14
by Hotel des Ventes De Bruxelles
Est: €100- €110
€800 Bids
bp parity badge
Whisky - Lagavulin 12
Mar 03, 8:00 PM CET
Whisky - Lagavulin 12
by Hotel des Ventes De Bruxelles
Est: €100- €110
€800 Bids
bp parity badge
Whisky - Talisker
Mar 03, 8:00 PM CET
Whisky - Talisker
by Hotel des Ventes De Bruxelles
Est: €100- €110
€800 Bids
bp parity badge
Whisky - Ballantines AC/DC
Mar 03, 8:00 PM CET
Whisky - Ballantines AC/DC
by Hotel des Ventes De Bruxelles
Est: €75- €80
€600 Bids
bp parity badge
Whisky - Ballantines Queen
Mar 03, 8:00 PM CET
Whisky - Ballantines Queen
by Hotel des Ventes De Bruxelles
Est: €75- €80
€600 Bids
bp parity badge
Whisky - Chivas Regal by Christian Lacroix
Mar 03, 8:00 PM CET
Whisky - Chivas Regal by Christian Lacroix
by Hotel des Ventes De Bruxelles
Est: €230- €250
€2000 Bids
bp parity badge
Whisky - GLENMORANGIE 18 YEARS OF. EXTREMELY RARE PERFECTED BY THE SIXTEEN MEN OF TAIN
Mar 03, 8:00 PM CET
Whisky - GLENMORANGIE 18 YEARS OF. EXTREMELY RARE PERFECTED BY THE SIXTEEN MEN OF TAIN
by Hotel des Ventes De Bruxelles
Est: €230- €250
€2000 Bids
bp parity badge
Whisky - Glenfiddich, Malt Master's Edition Batch 03/15
Mar 03, 8:00 PM CET
Whisky - Glenfiddich, Malt Master's Edition Batch 03/15
by Hotel des Ventes De Bruxelles
Est: €100- €120
€800 Bids
bp parity badge
Whisky - Talisker Bodega 41ans
Mar 03, 8:00 PM CET
Whisky - Talisker Bodega 41ans
by Hotel des Ventes De Bruxelles
Est: €4,500- €5,000
€3,5000 Bids
bp parity badge
Whisky - Haig Club
Mar 03, 8:00 PM CET
Whisky - Haig Club
by Hotel des Ventes De Bruxelles
Est: €140- €160
€1000 Bids
bp parity badge
Whisky - Glenmorangie Lasanta 12
Mar 03, 8:00 PM CET
Whisky - Glenmorangie Lasanta 12
by Hotel des Ventes De Bruxelles
Est: €120- €140
€1000 Bids
bp parity badge
Whisky - Glenmorangie The quinta Ruban 14
Mar 03, 8:00 PM CET
Whisky - Glenmorangie The quinta Ruban 14
by Hotel des Ventes De Bruxelles
Est: €150- €160
€1400 Bids
bp parity badge
Whisky - Glenmorangie 18 Azuma Makoto
Mar 03, 8:00 PM CET
Whisky - Glenmorangie 18 Azuma Makoto
by Hotel des Ventes De Bruxelles
Est: €280- €300
€2400 Bids
bp parity badge
Whisky - Glenmorangie A Tale Of Winter
Mar 03, 8:00 PM CET
Whisky - Glenmorangie A Tale Of Winter
by Hotel des Ventes De Bruxelles
Est: €170- €200
€1600 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Scottish Whiskey


Hotel des Ventes De Bruxelles

Hotel des Ventes De Bruxelles

Cadmore Auctions

Cadmore Auctions

Artcurial

Artcurial

Albion Antique Auction Centre

Albion Antique Auction Centre