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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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Benromach Peat Smoke Vintage Speyside Single Malt Whisky is produced from heavily peated barley, this is seriously smoky yet retains the elegance and fruitiness of Benromach.
Light subtle peat - Green to gold colour - Medium creamy body
Inchmurrin 12 Year Old Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky is part of the Loch Lomond Distillery Island Collection. It has floral notes of peach blossom, pear, golden barley and vanilla. This whisky has been aged in three types of casks selected by hand.
Strathmill Vintage 2004, Single Malt Scotch Whisky from The Connoisseurs Choice selection has been matured in Refill Bourbon barrels, soft vanilla notes, dry hay, tropical fruit aromas , hint of cocoa, peppery palate yet creamy, ripe banana and oak flavours.
Glengoyne 12 Years Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has flavours of lemon zest, toffee apples and a scent of coconut. Hand selected sherry casks help create this paradise of flavours and rich golden colour.
Light subtle peat - Green to gold colour - Smooth, silky and mature body
Herbal, dried fruit aromas with hints of charred oak. Delicate fruitiness with spices and a touch of oiled wood,
Light subtle peat - Full gold to amber colour - Smooth, silky and mature body
Transferred from ex-bourbon casks and extra matured in port pipes. Has a palate of Christmas pudding, sandalwood and Turkish delight
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.
The Glenturret Sherry Wood Single Malt Scotch Whisky is homemade syrup sponge,warm sweetness,puff candy taste with aromatic sandalwood,lingering spiciness,
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,