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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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No peat recognised - Full gold to amber colour - Medium creamy body
Auchentoshan 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky has a tempting aroma of tostaed almonds and caramalised toffee, this is a smooth and creamy malt
Light to medium peat flavours - Full gold to amber colour - Full and textured body
From the most Northerly distillery in the world, Highland Park is gently aged on the island of Orkney. One of the most consistently stunning malts around, with its perfect mixture of heather, honey and peat.
No peat recognised - Full gold to amber colour - Smooth, silky and mature body
A triple distilled unpeated malt produced at the Springbank distillery, notes of orchard fruits, cut hay, chocolate hint, floral. Palate is sweet, crisp with notes of fresh barley, slightly nutty.
Fettercairn 12 years Old Highland Single Malt Whisky has a nose of vanilla and pear with soft spices. a refreshing taste of nectarine and tropical fruit with subtle roasted coffee, clove and ginger. A memorable finish of sultanas and black toffee,
No peat recognised - Green to gold colour - Light soft body
Clean, smooth and honeyed, with big fruit and slightly peppery oak
Light to medium peat flavours - Full gold to amber colour - Medium creamy body
Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky, Light smokiness, restrained fruit, malty sweetness. Smooth, medium bodied with a soft smoky yet sweet finish.
Medium to strong peat flavours - Full gold to amber colour - Full and textured body
Oban 14 Year Old Single Malt Highland Scotch Whisky is mildly smokey and with layered fruit palate. This has plenty of sherry oak, giving it a balancing sweetness,
No peat recognised - Full amber colour - Smooth, silky and mature body
Matured in American bourbon oak, finished in Spanish oloroso and pedro ximinez sherry casks, rich with dark fruits, thick butterscotch, roasted hazlenuts and smooth, delicate taste
Discovery Bourbon Balblair 12 yrs Highland Single Malt Whisky has the distillery\'s trademark honeyed and fruity character amplified by American oak ex-bourbon casks. A palate of stewed apples and poached pears in drizzled honey, nose of grassy barley, vanilla pod, butterscotch and mint with a finish of lemon, black liquorice and more vanilla.
Discovery Bourbon Tormore 13yrs Speyside Single Malt Whisky has matured for 13 years in ex-bourbon casks at the Tormore Distillery before being bottled in 2019. Aromas of pineapples, grapefruit, coconut and vanilla mingle with freshly cut grass. On the nose, offerings of baked apples, milk chocolate and lime, developing into a clean herbal finish.
Bladnoch 10Years Old Bourbon Cask, Lowland Single Malt Whisky has ripples of citrus and coconut merging with sweet oak spices, juicy gooseberry and light vanilla aromas.
Inchmoan 12yrs Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky is from the Loch Lomond Island Collection. This whsiky has an unconventional peat character with lots of depth from marrying smoke and spice. Matured in recharred Americam oak and refill Bourbon casks giving sweet vanilla notes, soft peat and a rich smoky finish.
Bunnahabhain Toiteach A Dha Single Malt Scotch Islay has a rich oak and pleasant warming peatiness which drifts towards a sweet oloroso sherry, balanced with peppery notes,