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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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Medium to strong peat flavours - Green to gold colour - Full and textured body
Earthy, spicey character, with a big hint of new wood
Light to medium peat flavours - Full gold to amber colour - Smooth, silky and mature body
Nutty aromatic nose of oak, dried apple and fressia, followed by a clean, nutty and light palate with a waff of smoke.
Light subtle peat - Green to gold colour - Light soft body
Deanston 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is the new, relaunched 12 year old, this single malt has been bottled at a slightly higher proof, negating the necessity for chill-filtration and as such retaining more of its original charm. A lovely dram from the Deanston distillery.
Medium to strong peat flavours - Full gold to amber colour - Full and textured body
From the North of the island of Islay and less peaty than other Islay malts, mellow and aromatic.
Tullibardine The Murray 2017 Edition, Single Malt Whisky is from Tullibarine\'s Marquess Collection which is matured exclusively in first-fill bourbon barrels. Following its maturation (this one was distilled in 2005 and bottled in 2017), The Murray is bottled at cask strength without chill-filtration or additional colours. A nose of soft vanilla and fresh summer berries, with light notes of savoury pastry underneath. The palate is still sweet and juicy, now with some earthy oak in support. There are hints of beeswax and orange peel on the finish.
Medium to strong peat flavours - Full gold to amber colour - Full and textured body
Caol Ila Connoisseurs Choice Vintage 2003 Single Malt Scotch Whisky has very lively flavours, malty sweetness, fruity esteriness, peppery dryness, buttery palate, smoky explosive finish,
Glenfarclas 15 Years Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky is assertive with plenty of sherry oak maltiness, good smokiness. Arguably the best balanced of the Glenfarclas range.
Complex, sweet and rounded with a spicy oak finish. The flavours develop in hand selected sherry casks, balancing deep character with light vanilla notes
Inchmurrin Madeira Wood Finish Island Single Malt Whisky was launched in 2015 as part of the distillery\'s Loch Lomond Island Collection. This expression benefits from double-maturation, first in American white oak barrels, followed by extra finishing in casks that previously aged Madeira wine. This non-chill-filtered single malt carries no age statement. \"Red wine and a tart or sour beer note reveal a strong Madeira influence on the nose. The palate offers rich, dark red fruits, with plums, dates, and raw honey, as well as raisins and nuttiness. The finish showcases dry oak and tannins, transitioning to more of a nutty-rancio profile, backed by orchard fruits such as pears and peaches, and lighter traces of the richer, darker fruits of the palate.\"
Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Heavily Peated, Islay Single Malt Whisky is made from pure Scottish barley, supreme elegance, this show the union of the classic floral elegance of Bruichladdich and heavy peat.
Aberlour Casg Annamh Single Malt Whisky has been significantly influenced by the finest quality, hand-selected Oloroso Sherry casks. Casg Annamh means \"rare cask\"in Gaelic, and this expression has been matured in three types of casks, European oak Sherry casks and two different types of American oak casks, resulting in a rich, intense whisky. The fruity flavours are balanced perfectly with spicy notes of liquorice, ginger and cinnamon.
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.
Traditional smooth, honeyed charcater married with notes of toffee and a hint of fruit, warm, lingering finish. Extra matured in rum casks.
Ardbeg An Oa, Single Malt Whisky Islay has smoky power, mellowed by delectable, smooth sweetness, peat, dark chocolate, aniseed wrapped in butterscotch, black pepper ending in a crescendo of flavour. Whisky from several different casks, including new charred oak, PX sherry and first fill bourbon are blended together. The southern-most point of Islay is the Mull of Oa, the rounded headland that shelters Ardbeg from the wild Atlantic.
Aberlour A\'Bunadh Cask Strength Speyside Single Malt Whisky, has full flavours, slightly smokey with nose of red apples and a fine sherry character, peaty with a honey, spicey aftertaste,
Benromach 100 Proof Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky is intense and complex yet beautifully balanced with a light touch of smoke.
Light to medium peat flavours - Full gold to amber colour - Light soft body
Ledaig Vintage Single Malt Whisky from the Tobermory Distillery on the Isle of Mull, selected and produced by Gordon and MacPhail.