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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
Incredibly well balanced - rich,creamy with a slight medicinal hint. Smoke is always present, washing over the palate in waves, like soft billows of kiln smoke
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.
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
Tullibardine 225 Sauternes Cask Finish, Single Malt Whisky from the Highland Region of Scotland is a new whisky which was finished in a 225 litre cask (thus the name) which previously held maturing Sauternes dessert wine from Chateau Suduiraut. The result is a golden-coloured single malt with a deliciously creamy, fruity flavour.
Tullibardine 228 Burgundy Cask Finish, Single Malt Whisky was released in 2013. It sees the Highland whisky finished for 12 months in 228-litre Red Burgundy wine casks from Chateau de Chassagne Montrachet. The nose is spiced, with notes of red berry fruit, vanilla and toasted oak. A creamy, nutty palate entry with notes of sweet custard, apple peel, red berries and orange blossom honey. There is a long finish with plum jam and allspice. Overall: Spiced and rich with a delicious influence from the red wine casks.
Light subtle peat - Full gold to amber colour - Full and textured body
Benromach Triple Distilled Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky is distinctly delicate with rich fruits, sweet peppery with lingering smoky embers. A unique medley of subtal aromas, luscious taste and wisp of peat smoke. Matured in First Fill Bourbon casks for many years.
No peat recognised - Green to gold colour - Light soft body
Clean, smooth and honeyed, with big fruit and slightly peppery oak
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,