Single Malt Whiskey

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About Single Malt Whiskey

World-renowned for the purity of its origin and the high standards to which it is produced, single malt whiskey is touted by many spirit lovers as being the best example of what this particular tipple has to offer. Experts might argue that bourbon and blended whiskeys are just as varied and impressive, yet this does little to diminish the allure of a true single malt made in the ancestral home of this wonderful drink.

To be classed as a single malt, the whiskey must originate from just one distillery and adhere to a few other key regulations. This includes spending a minimum of 3 years being aged in oak casks and being made with malted barley to deliver its distinctive flavour and colour.

Our line up of single malt whiskey includes not just examples produced by Scottish distilleries, but also variants from Ireland that are equally deserving of your attention. Brands like Bushmills, Glenfiddich, Macallan and Singleton are all represented right here, so whatever your preference or budget, there should be a single malt whiskey to match.

Get the lowdown on the origins of whiskey, along with tips for cocktails to try, by checking out our guides a little further down the page. We also provide a few fun facts and information about the ingredients and flavours you can expect to experience when you buy single malt whiskey on our site.

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Many whiskey fans would love to be able to turn back the clock and pinpoint the precise moment at which single malt was first created, although in reality it is likely that the techniques used today evolved and changed over time. Of the few certainties that exist about the history of single malt whiskey in Scotland, it is known that malted barley was used in its production from the late 15th century thanks to tax documents from the time.

As with many spirits we enjoy today, the modern era of single malt whiskey production only got underway in the 19th century once the invention of a continuous still system by Aeneas Coffey came about. This made it possible to distil alcohol in a way that was not only more efficient, but more consistent and cost-effective.

The problem with the introduction of continuous stills was that a lot of the flavour of the liquor was lost, hence the need to start aging whiskey in casks rather than quickly getting it out on the market. This is a practice that has survived and thrived, with many distilleries deliberately waiting decades before they bottle their whiskies in order to enrich them with as much taste as possible

Nine tenths of all the single malt whiskey that is produced in Scotland ends up being used within blended whiskey.

The majority of the distilleries which make single malt whiskey in Scotland are owned by organisations based in other parts of the world.

Single malt whiskey is made as far afield as Argentina and Japan.

Most high quality whiskey in this category is made using spring water which is sourced from the region in which the distillery is based, adding to its authenticity and sense of place.

Older whiskeys are not always the most delicious, since taste is experience subjectively, so do not be embarrassed if you discover that younger single malts are more appealing. True connoisseurs know that whiskey can be enjoyed in all its forms.

The key to a whiskey’s flavour is in its cask. The type of wood as well as the number of previous uses that the cask has undergone will dramatically impact the results.

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People who take their whiskey seriously will tend to opt for single malts which can be enjoyed independently, without any other food or flavours involved so that their taste buds can be activated by the spirit in a totally unadulterated way.

If you do decide to take whiskey with food, outside of the context of an after dinner night cap, you have a few options. Richer meats like pork and beef go especially well, since the big flavours and fattiness can be sliced through by the assertiveness of the single malt itself. If you have a sweet tooth, it is worth trying whiskey in combination with a few squares of your favourite chocolate. Dark chocolate is a particularly compelling accompaniment to a single malt, since it is not too sweet or overpowering on the tongue.

You can experiment with single malt whiskey in a number of different delicious cocktails. Here are just a couple of ideas to get you started.

Lemon Delight – The citrus tang of lemon goes rather well with a single malt, especially in this simple cocktail. All you need is a double measure of your preferred whiskey, shaken over ice with a shot of lemon juice and 15 grams of honey. Strain this into a glass and garnish with orange zest. Top it up with lemonade or soda water if you want a longer drink to fight back against the summer heat.

Highland Tempest – This fiery treat will really set your mouth on fire. Take a double of whiskey and a single of lime juice. Add these to a glass that has a handful of ice within for that all-important chill factor. Top it up with a high-quality ginger beer to bring bubbles and a blast of flavor to the mix. If you are feeling fancy, finish this off with a stick of cinnamon.

Malted barley is a must-have ingredient in single malt whiskey, at least in the UK. Products from other countries may not adhere to the same rules in this respect. The use of coloring is permitted by British regulations.

Flavors associated with single malt whiskey are those of the smoking peat used to dry out the malted barley and the casks used for aging the liquor before bottling takes place. Oak casks previously used to store sherry are commonplace in single malt production, although many distilleries have their own unique approaches to set themselves apart from the competition.

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