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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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Diageo\'s Distillers Edition range is a series of Classic Malts, specially finished in wine casks. This Cragganmore is a fine example, distilled in 2003 and finished in port pipes before bottling.\"
Longmorn Distillers Choice, Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky is exceptionally balanced and matured in three different types of oak cask. First fill American oak barrels bring sweet caramel notes, tempered with hints of warm spices from ex-sherry casks, whilst traditional oak casks impart subtle depth. The result is a smooth malt, with delicate spice and sweet treacle toffee notes,
Light subtle peat - Full gold to amber colour - Full and textured body
Benromach 15 Years Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a luscious sherry and rich fruitcake with stewed plums, darker hints of cocoa and a touch of smoke. Long maturation in sherry and bourbon casks softens its smokiness to hints of charred smoke while developing the wood imbued character of succulent honey, vanilla and fruit.
Tomatin 14 Years Old Port Wood Finish, Single Malt Whisky, has been finished in tawny-port pipes which adds notes of extra fruitiness to the classic Highland notes of toffee and honey,
Medium to strong peat flavours - Full gold to amber colour - Firm oily body
Springbank Single Malt Campbeltown Scotch Whisky, 15 Years Old is a bewildering array of flavours, dark chocolate, figs, marzipan, brazil nuts and vanilla are just some of the notes on show
Allt A Bhainne Connoisseurs Choice 2206 Single Malt Whisky is produced by independent bottler\'s Gordon and MacPhail and is an exciting addition to the Connoisseurs Choice range. This UK exclusive was distilled in 2006 and matured in refill American hogshead casks for 15 years, it has a total number of 453 bottled. A nose of fresh apple aromas combine with honeydew, melon and vanilla. Smooth tropical fruit flavours give way to rich honey and grapefruit taste. A medium finish with lingering spice.
Medium to strong peat flavours - Green to gold colour - Full and textured body
Highland Park Cask Strength Release 2, Single Malt Island Whisky is complex and lightly smoky on the nose with aromas of summer rose, ripe pear and fresh coconut gathering on a wave of aromatic peat with a hint of cedarwood in the background . A sweet and spicy harmony of flavours follows, a drizzle of cloudy honey and twist of salty liquorice, toasted oak. Intriguing notes of orchard fruits, black pepper and sweet aniseed linger, a satisfyingly long finish,
Glen Scotia Victoriana CaskSstrength Campbeltown Single Malt Whisky,Each cask is chosen for its rare character and exceptional maturity. Finished in deep charred oak, the result is an exceptionally smooth single malt whisky whose aroma and flavour work in harmony. Bottled in the traditional way straight from the cask and without filtration, its subtle wood and vanilla flavour is enhanced by a full bodied spicy fruit aroma and mildly smokey aftertaste. A dark nose again elegant with hints of oak driving the bouquet. Interesting creme brulee notes leading to generous caramelised fruits and finally polished oak. Sweet and concentrated start with some jammy blackcurrant fruitiness. A big mid palate. Typical tightening towards the back palate. Becomes more austere with water. The finish is clean and initially sweet.The green bean, with cocoa characteristic.
Strong and very recognised peat flavours - Pale to light green colour - Luxuriously deep, bold and big bodied
Ardbeg Uigeadall Single Malt Scotch Whisky Islay is a big fiery malt, intensely smokey and alcoholic, yet retains a smoothness on the palate. Excellent,
Glenburgie Connoisseurs Choice 2004 Single Malt Whisky was distilled in 2006 at Glenburgie Distillery, matured for 14 yrs in single first-fill bourbon barrel before being bottled in 2018. Rich aromas of vanilla, green apples and white chocolate on the nose lead the way for notes of cracked black pepper, apple pie, stewed pear and stem ginger throughout the palate.
Double matured in Amontillado Cask Wood, intriguing nutty notes from the wood, firmer, drier ones from malted barley, hints of amontillado grapes, very malty palate with a lingering dry finish,
Tamnavulin Connoisseurs Choice 2007 Cask Strength, Single Malt Whisky, was matured in a refill bourbon barrel yielding 214 bottles at its hefty cask strength of 58.8%. Tamnavulin is an underrated distillery, which is a shame but also a blessing for thrifty malt fans as it keeps the prices down. Tamnavulin is also more famous for sherry cask whisky, so it\'s great to see one from a refill bourbon cask that should allow the distillery\'s spirit character to shine. This 2007 Tamnavulin should be splendid whisky and looks a bargain.
Glendullan Connoisseurs Choice 2007 Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky has an aroma of fragrant orange zest that intertwines with baked apples and brazil nut. Poached pear comes to the fore alongside lemon and soft vanilla. A taste of sweet notes of watermelon give way to ripe green apple and citrus fruits. Honeycomb notes develop accompanied by malted biscuit and banana. Medium-bodied finish with toasted almond and soft spice.
Loch Lomond 18 Year Old Island Single Malt Whisky has been left to mature in the finest oak barrels bringing out the sweeter character of the wood with a subtle characteristic hint of peat and smoke ensuring a well balanced finish. Green apple and grapefruit aromas fuse before the sweet character of honeysuckle and mature oak comes through. Full bodied and rounded. Elegant wood notes of toasted oak and cigar box become green fruits with apple and gooseberry. Long finish with dried tea and tobacco leaf in balance with soft medicinal peatiness and wood smoke.
Strong and very recognised peat flavours - Full amber colour - Luxuriously deep, bold and big bodied
Rich, double matured in ex-Amoroso casks, a luscious, fruity sweetness with the crisp dry peat-smoke and pepperiness,
Matured in the finest Oloroso sherry and Bourbon casks to create an extraordinarily smooth, rich and mellow single malt - Light to medium peat flavours - Full amber colour - Medium creamy body
The Dalmore Port Wood Reserve, Highland Single Malt Whisky is a special assemblage of whisky matured in American White oak ex bourbon barrels and finessed by aged Tawny port pipes, hand selected from W&J Grahams vineyard in Portugal. Aromas of sweet red berries, Seville oranges, plummy fruits and sticky toffee puddings. On the palate there are nectarines, creamy caramel, roasted chestnuts and java coffee. the finish is of sultanas, Sanguinello blood oarnges and macerated cherries.
Isle Of Jura 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Matured for eighteen long years in American White Oak ex bourbon barrels, this whisky is then beautifully enriched by superior Premier Grand Cru Classé Bordeaux red wine barriques from the South of France. The result is an incredibly rich and fruity whisky, with flavours of cooked raspberries, warm spice, rich caramel and crème anglaise.
Inchmurrin 18 Year Old Island Single Malt Whisky was named after an island rich in meadow and woodland, this 18 year old has a strong oak character, with hints of summer grass, tropical fruit and zesty citrus notes. Rich, deep aromas of heather honey perfectly balanced with crafted oak wood notes. Full bodied with strong oak character in harmony with tropical fruit of pineapple, mango and kiwi. Zesty citrus notes emerge in the background. The finish is long and warming with elegant oak and stem ginger.
Auchroisk Connoisseurs Choice 2006 Cask Strength Single Malt Speyside Whisky A 15-year-old Auchroisk 2006 bottled at the tail end of 2021 by Gordon & MacPhail for their Connoisseurs Choice Cask Strength range. This 2006 Auchroisk is a UK Exclusive bottling. Single cask Auchroisks like this G&M 15-year-old, bottled without colouring or chill filtration at natural cask strength (55%) from a refill bourbon barrel after a respectable ageing period, are the best way to get to know this perhaps rather under-appreciated distillery.
Glendullan Connoisseurs Choice Cote Rotie Cask Finish 2009 Single Malt Whisky, Initially matured in refill bourbon casks, this Single Malt from Glendullan experienced a three year finishing in Côte Rôtie wine casks. Dried strawberry aromas give way to roasted peanuts and crystalised violet. Raspberry compote flavours combine with liquorice and red apple, leading to a medium bodied finish with citrus and red berries.