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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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A sweet and honied malt with hints of spices. Teasing fruit mid palate - Light to medium peat flavours - Full amber colour - Luxuriously deep, bold and big bodied
Ardmore 1997 Connoisseurs Choice Single Malt Whisky has been matured in a single refill hogshead for 21 years before being bottled in February 2019. Soft, smoky aromas mingle with brown sugar and honey roasted peanuts while the palate intially offers sweet apricot jam and lemon zest notes. The peat smoke retuns in gentle rolling waves while notes of cloudy apple juice and a salty edge linger in the finish.
Tullibardine 25 Years Old Highland Single Malt Whisky is typically malty, creamy, slightly spicy. A very smooth profile, with acacia honey, yellow plums and dried apricots, as well as soft spicy notes on the nose. A little vanilla. Scented candles. Fruit cake. Really elegant. The palate has similar elegance, now more on oranges (both fresh juice and bitter marmalade) and apple peelings. Golden raisins. Then a slightly dry nuttiness, mellow spices and some toasted oak. Rather silky and thin, but that’s fine. Long, half fruity, half spicy finish. Some drying oak now. Balance is key. This is a nicely aged whisky, with a subtle sherry influence and balanced oak.
Light to medium peat flavours - Full gold to amber colour - Medium creamy body
Glen Keith 1993 Connoisseurs Choice Single Malt Scotch Whisky was distilled in 1993 having aged for 24 years in a single bourbon barrel and bottled September 2018. Packed with fruit flavour, from crisp orchard fruit, through citrus and into rich stewed rhubarb tanginess.A huge fruit dram.
Bottled at cask strength from a wine finished barrel, attractive spiciness, sweet malt, light smoke, almost bourbon style
Macallan Edition No 6, Single Malt Whisky is inspired by the picturesque landscape that surrounds Macallan distillery. Matured in a combination of European and American oak hogsheads and butts, this is a fruity, spicy single malt with notes of fresh fruits, nutmeg, ginger, chocolate, toffee, and vanilla on the palate, with hints of oak spice lingering in the finish.
Glen Scotia 25 Year Old Campbeltown Malt Whisky has been gently matured in the finest American oak barrels before being married in first fill bourbon before bottling. The signature nose has hints of vanilla oak, interwoven with the subtle notes of sea spray and spicy aromatic fruits. Bracing Atlantic breeze gives strong maritime influence. Red apple and tangy orange peel with vanilla syrup and caramel sweetness. Long lingering sea salt with a spicy note of ground ginger.
A Limited Release 2018, finished in first-fill ex-bourbon barrels and features aromas of golden honey, white chocolate and soft tropical fruits. On the palate a fusion of tropical fruits and creamy buttered vanilla mingle in an explosion of sensational mixed spices which add an incredible depth and unbelievable layer of richness.