Scotch whisky, often simply called Scotch, is malt whisky or grain whisky made in Scotland. Scotch whisky must be made in a manner specified by law.
All Scotch whisky was originally made from malted barley. Commercial distilleries began introducing whisky made from wheat and rye in the late 18th century. Scotch whisky is divided into five distinct categories: single malt Scotch whisky, single grain Scotch whisky, blended malt Scotch whisky (formerly called “vatted malt” or “pure malt”), blended grain Scotch whisky, and blended Scotch whisky.
Johnnie Walker Red Label
Johnnie Walker Red Label was launched in its current form by brothers George and Alexander Walker in 1909, though it had existed as Walker’s Special Old Highland Red Label for some years previously. Alexander blended a type of whisky which is more suited to mixing with soda than the heavier, more old-fashioned whiskies, and named it after his grandfather, who had started the family business in 1820.
Johnnie Walker Black Label
Johnnie Walker Black Label’s iconic square bottle makes it one of the world’s most recognisable Scotch whiskies – and it’s also one of whisky critic Jim Murray’s favourite blends: ‘If there is a silkier delivery on the market today, I have not seen it: this is sublime stuff…one of the world’s most masterful whiskies back in all its complex glory.
Johnnie Walker Green
The nose is quite rich and full. There are notes of mocchaccino and espresso coffee, wood smoke and a fireplace, a touch of bitter chocolate and oak. The palate is of medium-body with notes of crisp cereals, coffee beans and chocolate, a date note with a touch of walnut. The finish is quite long and spicy with honeyed sweetness and oak.
Johnnie Walker Gold
Johnnie Walker Gold Label was relaunched in 2012. Built around a core of single malt whisky from Clynelish, the Gold Label Reserve is a great addition to the line-up from master blender Jim Beveridge.
Johnnie Walker Platinum Label
Originally introduced solely into travel retail, the Platinum Label (the first new ‘colour’ to be introduced into the Johnnie Walker range for years) has now made it out into the wider world. It’s a rich and refined blend of whiskies matured for at least 18 years that slips perfectly into the range just behind the iconic Blue Label.
Johnnie Walker Double Black
An interesting twist on Johnnie Walker Black Label, Double Black was rolled out for general release in 2011 after a successful launch in travel retail. Double Black adds to the normal Black Label profile by including more Islay whisky and casks that have been heavily charred, giving a more intense flavour with a greater emphasis on smoke while keeping true to the sophisticated Johnnie Walker style.
Chivas Regal 12
The blend for grown-ups, for people who have made their rites of passage and are ready to enjoy their success. Sweet, but not cloying. Buxom, but not overblown. Balanced. 9/10.’ Paul Pacult in Whisky Magazine April 2000
Chivas Regal 18
Premium aged mix of some of Scotland’s finest whiskies with an above-average proportion of malt and an extended ageing period producing a truly fine blend.
Dewar’s Highlander Honey
Scotland- Dewar’s created a scotch that is an infusion of distilled heather honey into the original Dewar’s White Label Blended Scotch whisky. Enjoy on the rocks or mixed with cola.
Dewar’s White Label
Despite the fact that the label is quite clearly a pale yellow colour, Dewar’s White Label this remains a hugely popular blend, especially Stateside. Dewar’s whiskies have won more than 400 awards and medals in over 20 countries.
Dewar’s 12 Year
Dewar’s 12 year old blend, called ‘Double Aged’ due to the 6 months of marrying in oak casks that the whisky does after initial maturation and blending. Dewar’s is one of the world’s most awarded whiskies, recently winning the Monde Grand Gold across their range.
Dewar’s 15 Year
DEWAR’S 15 Blended Scotch Whisky is a blend of very rare vintage single malt and single grain scotch whiskies. The blend is then married in oak casks for a light, velvety finish.
A terrific vatted grain whisky (the first of its type) from tireless innovators Compass Box. Supple & silky, with elegant, rich flavours of vanilla, toffee, coconut and cocoa.
A vatting of top-quality Highland malts that undergo a unique secondary maturation in American casks capped with new French Oak heads, adding an extra layer of spicy flavour and complexity. The result is fruity and rich with clove and vanilla notes.
A special, beautifully labelled, small batch, limited edition blend from Compass Box, bottled in honour of the 20th birthday of legendary Chicago punk rock and whisk(e)y bar Delilah’s. Created by Compass Box’s John Glaser and Delilah’s Mike Miller it’s a blend that can be enjoyed by any kind of whisky lover, from the sipper to beer-and-a-shot drinker.
An extraordinary high-quality blend from maverick independent John Glaser, a man dedicated to the art of combining whiskies to produce an end result greater than the sum of its parts. If you wanted to convert someone who says they don’t like whisky, you couldn’t do much better than this. A must.
Every few years, the makers of Flaming Mart have the appropriate combination of aged whiskies, they are able to blend and bottle a new edition of the award-winning Flaming Heart. This is their fourth. It is a big, smoky malt whisky with rich, concentrated vanilla and spice character. It is unlike any other whisky, owing to the combination of distillery whiskies they use and the variety and quality of the casks.
A top-quality vatting of the peated Speysider Ardmore with some choice Islay malt, Peat Monster is never less than excellent. Pitch-perfect balance and delicious chewy complexity.
The Lost Blend
A 2014 release, Compass Box’s The Lost Blend is a limited edition vatted malt comprised 80% unpeated Highland malts (Clynelish and Allt-a-Bhainne) and 20% peated Islay from Caol Ila. Named in honour of Eleuthera, Compass Box’s own lost blend.
Nikka Coffey Grain
A release of grain whisky from Japan’s Nikka, produced mainly from corn using one of their continuous Coffey stills. Rather than the rare and limited releases they have done before, this is a larger release to further show off this key component in the Nikka family of whiskies.
Grand Macnish 12 Year
Grand Macnish 12yr blended malt (not to be confused with the recently released “pure malt”) claims to have the signature smoothness of the original but more mature at 12 years of age offering a longer finish and more “malt intensity.” They suggest looking for spices and roast nuts on the palate.
Flavour is hugely important to us at Black Bull along with enjoying the good times, so with each of our blends we set out to create something new and different – whilst keeping in mind 150 years of Black Bull blending values and philosophies. We have created each Black Bull blend with its own flavour and character, so from the vibrant, untamed Kyloe to the big, bold 12 year old to the definitive, refined 40 year old, there is a Black Bull to suit your personality and pallet. We created blends that we like drinking ourselves and we want to share these with you, so we say throw off the modern day shackles and grab life by the horns!
Named for the historic ship, Cutty Sark is a blend that’s been around since 1923. It has whisky from Glenrothes at its core along with whisky from all over Scotland to give a rounded blend with a little bit of smoke.
Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition
Captain McCoy’s impeccable reputation for fairness and dealing only in the finest, genuine and unadulterated liquor gave rise to Cutty Sark being referred to as “The Real McCoy”. Prohibition Edition is bottled at 50% ABV (100 Proof – USA Measure), whilst our regular Cutty Sark blend is 40% ABV. This is a “small batch” blend of the finest single malts and top-quality grain whiskies. Hand-selected American oak casks give subtle signature flavors of vanilla and citrus fruits, whilst the overall flavors and finish are extremely smooth and thrillingly complex. The black glass bottle has a cork seal – reflecting the traditions of the time.
This Speyside is all kinds of spicy. It has the dark amber color of a full-bodied whisky, and its scent is very strong. Its fragrance, taste, and finish are all heavy with spice. In both the scent and flavor, it can be a bit difficult to get past the pepper, but once you do, a complex series of flavors emerge to complement each other. Vanilla, raisins, and even a small hint of citrus all play off each other. The finish remains mostly spice with a little bit of raisin as well. Speyside is best enjoyed as a slow sipping Scotch.
Orangerie Scotch Whiskey
The famous, and beautifully-packaged Orangerie ‘whisky infusion’ from Compass Box. Smooth Scotch whisky infused with the hand-zested peel of Navalino oranges and subtle accents of Indonesian cassia bark and Sri Lankan cloves. Orangerie is not officially liqueur as it doesn’t have the requisite additional sugar – with this much flavour, it doesn’t need it.