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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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Benriach 10 Years Old Speyside Single Malt Whisky has classic character, fresh and lively, warm oak spices, green apple, dried apricots, peach and banana, subtle touches of aniseed, lemon zest and barley,
Light subtle peat - Full gold to amber colour - Medium creamy body
A whiff of the sea, along with spice entices lovely malty-sweet tones which are creamy and almost buttery
Light subtle peat - Green to gold colour - Full and textured body
AnCnoc 12 yrs Single Malt Scotch Whisky, (formerly Knockdhu) is a top-quality proponent of the non-sherried Speyside style, showing polished malt and a delicious spiciness throughout a warm, complex palate and lasting finish.
Light subtle peat - Green to gold colour - Light soft body
Tullibardine 500 Sherry Wood Finish Single Malt Scotch Whisky is an intense dark rich brown whisky, hints of toffee and apples with an edge of cereal notes, palate of vanilla, toffee with dates and spice. After a long maturation in ex bourbon casks, the Tullibardine 500 Sherry Finish was re-casked into 500 litre sherry butts for a further period of maturation,
Tullibardine Sovereign Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has been matured in bourbon barrels, barley, pear drops and creamy chocolate notes with a lingering finish.
Light subtle peat - Full gold to amber colour - Smooth, silky and mature body
A wonderful honeyed nose leads to an oaky palate balanced by some lively citrus notes
Distilled 2005 at Tamdhu Distillery, clean, sugary and honey sweet as the nose opens - it warms to a softer-oaked, gristy and dry hay like style. On the palate, a big vanilla toffeeopener then milk chocolate and biscuits, soft finish,
Strong and very recognised peat flavours - Full amber colour - Luxuriously deep, bold and big bodied
Talisker 10 year old Island Single Malt Whisky is a bright amber red, with a pungent nose and a smoky, malty palate with lots of pepper,
Inchgower 9 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, James Eadie is light and fresh and has been matured in first fill ex-bourbon barrels adding a sweet, rich quality,
Medium to strong peat flavours - Full gold to amber colour - Full and textured body
Single Malt, full-bodied and smooth, produced on the island of Jura.
Kilkerran 12 Years Old Campbeltown Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Nose: oak notes are dominant, followed by toasted marshmallows and dried fruit pudding, as well as cherries, marzipan and a hint of peat Palate: initially fruity with citrus notes and orange peel, after this: vanilla, butterscotch, honeycomb and digestive biscuits can all be tasted and enjoyed Finish: velvet and smooth with lemon meringue, to conclude, there’s an oiliness and a saltiness that you’d expect from a Campbeltown dram
Heavy peat, notes of liquorice, hint of toffee, long fresh minty finish with eucalyptus and smoke, Distilled 2008 at the Ledaig Distillery,
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 - Medium creamy body
Has a tempting aroma of tostaed almonds and caramalised toffee, this is a smooth and creamy malt