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Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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Scotch whisky has similarities to vodka and a number of other alcoholic spirits since it is made of grain, but that's where the similarity ends. The unmistakable characteristic is that whisky is aged in oak barrels and depending on the style the whisky can be aged in plain new oak or in barrels that have previously been used to age sherry, port, madeira, red or white wine and even other types of spirits such as bourbon.
Single Malt Scotch Whisky only qualifies if it has been distilled at a single distillery using a pot still distillation method and only using malted grain, the grain in Scotland being barley. The whisky must be matured in oak barrels for a minimum of three years, but often the well known quality producers mature their whiskies for a much longer period, some 25 years or more and its reflected in the price.
Single Malt Scotch Whiskies have six clearly designated whisky producing regions developing flavours and aromas in many cases unique to a particular region,
"Highlands" is Scotland’s largest producer of Single Malt Scotch Whisky, probably the region with the largest variation of styles, although typical flavours would include dried fruit, sweet grass and often the taste of oak comes through in abundance.
"Speyside" is way up in the north east of Scotland with many distilleries following the flow of the River Spey. Many people find this regions whisky much sweeter than Highlands and within it hints of vanilla and nutmeg and these flavours tend to be long lasting.
"Lowlands" is the second largest producer of Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Lowlands produces the lightest tasting whisky of all the regions and with no peatiness, this often allows the taste of fruit to come through. The nose will pick up spices especially cinnamon.
"Islands" distilleries are spread over a very wide area, thus flavours can vary from one distillery to another, but not on too large a scale. Smoke and sweet honey tend to be the most dominant flavours.
*Islay" is famed for its powerful peat style flavours. Other flavours include sea salt and lots and lots of smoke. This unique strong flavour has a huge following around the world.
"Campbeltown" located close to the Mull of Kintyre produces whisky of varying styles, depending from which of the regions three distilleries. Their styles and tastes can vary from light flavours similar to Lowland right up to heavy smoke similar to Islay.
Alexander Hadleigh Wine Merchants, Southampton, Hampshire, UK have a very large selection of Single Malt Scotch Whisky covering in depth all six regions and with prices to suit most budgets.
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Light subtle peat - Green to gold colour - Smooth, silky and mature body
Fresh, sweet and appetizing with a hint of toasted hazlenuts
Elgin classic, slowly matured in traditional oak casks, malty toffee sweetness with blackcurrants and a fragrant citrus lemongrass tang, ginger and marmalade
Fully matured in Chardonnay Wine Barrels giving a perfect balance of caramelized fruit, butterscotch and lingering notes of toasted oak
Loch Lomond Single Grain Malted Barley Whisky is an elegant and full bodied single grain with a smoothness making this exceptionally easy to drink, A single grain scotch whisky with a distinctive background character of soft fruits and creamy vanilla with a hint of smoke and peat. Fresh cut barley fields with a malty edge, biscuity with baked apples alongside gentle lemon peel. Crisp and delicate. Pineapple juice and a lemon zestiness with a lovely vanilla sweetness at the end. Gentle finish with soft fruits alongside a juicy sweetness.
Tomatin Legacy Single Malt Highland Scotch Whisky is light and delicate with a candy sweetness which is peppered with hints of pine. An aroma of vanilla pods, marshmallow, sponge cake, fresh pineapple, mixed with citrus lemon and boiled sweets. Matured in a combination of bourbon bareels and virgin oak casks.
Light to medium peat flavours - Full gold to amber colour - Firm oily body
A firm, young honeyed malt with complex layers of vanilla and soft peat. Intially sweet, fruity, hints of peach and mango. Traces of toasted malt and vanilla develop. A palate of rich mulled fruit flavours, touch of smokiness, black pepper,
Bladnoch Pure Scot Virgin Oak, Single Malt Whisky is a contemporary blend, luscious and versatile, extra matured in Virgin American Oak for a spicy and slightly smoked finish. Fresh and zesty with spicy gingerbread and orange fruity notes, smooth texture with a long lasting refreshing honey finish.
Sweet and fruity notes from Dufftown, long maturation in unique balance of European and American oak gives smooth, rich taste
Light subtle peat - Green to gold colour - Light soft body
Matured in sherry oak casks, soft vanilla, sugared almonds, fresh oak, cinnamon nose, bursting with fruit and spice with just a wisp of peat smoke on the finish.
Medium to strong peat flavours - Full gold to amber colour - Firm oily body
Flavours of cream toffee and shortbread, fragrant, new leather aromas, spicy, gingery finish, from a classy distillery and one of the best from Islay.
The Ardmore Legacy, Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a unique expression of peated and unpeated single malt whisky, this is lightly peated, light and sweet with unique Highland peat smoke notes.