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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

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2x Haig 'Dimple' Blended Scotch Whisky - 12YO & 15YO, 40% ABV, 700ml in boxes
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
2x Haig 'Dimple' Blended Scotch Whisky - 12YO & 15YO, 40% ABV, 700ml in boxes
by Lawsons
Est: AUD70- AUD90
AUD8011 Bids
Helios 'Kyoda 2020' Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky - 60.9% ABV, 700ml in box
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
Helios 'Kyoda 2020' Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky - 60.9% ABV, 700ml in box
by Lawsons
Est: AUD200- AUD300
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3x Johnnie Walker 'Black Label' 12YO Blended Scotch Whisky - 40% ABV, 700ml each
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
3x Johnnie Walker 'Black Label' 12YO Blended Scotch Whisky - 40% ABV, 700ml each
by Lawsons
Est: AUD80- AUD100
AUD1009 Bids
A Bottle of Spirits, Marked Drambuie
Jun 01, 10:00 AM AEST
A Bottle of Spirits, Marked Drambuie
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD457 Bids
Helios 'Kyoda 2020' Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky - 60.9% ABV, 700ml in box
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
Helios 'Kyoda 2020' Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky - 60.9% ABV, 700ml in box
by Lawsons
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD607 Bids
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Bunnahabhain The Perfect 5th 28 YO Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Jun 09, 2:00 PM EDT
Bunnahabhain The Perfect 5th 28 YO Single Malt Scotch Whisky
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $200- $800
$604 Bids
Benriach 21YO Single Malt Scotch Whisky - 46% ABV, 700ml in canister
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
Benriach 21YO Single Malt Scotch Whisky - 46% ABV, 700ml in canister
by Lawsons
Est: AUD180- AUD240
AUD1204 Bids
Glenrothes 1989 Douglas Laing XOP - The Black Series, 2020, 70cl
May 30, 10:00 AM CEST
Glenrothes 1989 Douglas Laing XOP - The Black Series, 2020, 70cl
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €300- €500
€2804 Bids
A Bottle of The Original Dimple Deluxe Scotch Whiskey 700ml (40%), c. 1990, in Original Packaging
Jun 06, 6:00 PM AEST
A Bottle of The Original Dimple Deluxe Scotch Whiskey 700ml (40%), c. 1990, in Original Packaging
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD553 Bids
Chivas Regal 12 Year Old Scotch 1.14L (43%), in Original Packaging
Jun 06, 6:00 PM AEST
Chivas Regal 12 Year Old Scotch 1.14L (43%), in Original Packaging
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD503 Bids
3x McGibbons 'Red Ribbon' Blended Scotch Whisky - 40% ABV, 700ml
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
3x McGibbons 'Red Ribbon' Blended Scotch Whisky - 40% ABV, 700ml
by Lawsons
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD702 Bids
3x McGibbons 'Red Ribbon' Blended Scotch Whisky - 40% ABV, 700ml
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
3x McGibbons 'Red Ribbon' Blended Scotch Whisky - 40% ABV, 700ml
by Lawsons
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD702 Bids
McGibbons 'Gold Ribbon' 8YO Blended Scotch Whisky - 40% ABV, 700ml
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
McGibbons 'Gold Ribbon' 8YO Blended Scotch Whisky - 40% ABV, 700ml
by Lawsons
Est: AUD50- AUD60
AUD252 Bids
Dufftown Distillery 'The Singleton' 12YO Single Malt Scotch Whisky - 40% ABV, 700ml
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
Dufftown Distillery 'The Singleton' 12YO Single Malt Scotch Whisky - 40% ABV, 700ml
by Lawsons
Est: AUD35- AUD45
AUD402 Bids
Highland Queen Blended Scotch Whisky - old bottling, bottling in Australia, 700ml
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
Highland Queen Blended Scotch Whisky - old bottling, bottling in Australia, 700ml
by Lawsons
Est: AUD20- AUD30
AUD302 Bids
VINTAGE 1980S '12 YEAR OLD' BLENDED DIMPLE SCOTCH WHISKY
Jun 07, 12:00 PM BST
VINTAGE 1980S '12 YEAR OLD' BLENDED DIMPLE SCOTCH WHISKY
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £50- £70
£51 Bid
A 1.125L Bottle of The Famous Grouse (40%)
Jun 06, 6:00 PM AEST
A 1.125L Bottle of The Famous Grouse (40%)
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD40- AUD60
AUD201 Bid
Longmorn 1972, Gordon & MacPhail Reserve
May 31, 2:00 PM CST
Longmorn 1972, Gordon & MacPhail Reserve
by Ravenel
Est: NT$30,000- NT$38,000
NT$24,0001 Bid

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