SINGLE MALT WHISKY
A Single Distillery using 100% Malted Barley
Playing an ambrosial symphony in your mouth with every sip, the best Single Malt Whisky boasts the ‘authentic’ taste of Scotland.
Single Malt Whisky is made from One 'Single' Distillery
‘Single’ simply means that all the whiskies used to create a certain flavour profile all comes from one ‘single’ distillery. Simply put; ‘Single’ means a ‘Single Distillery’ whilst ‘Malt’ refer to the type of grain used in the production process and in the case of Single Malts ‘Malt’ means ‘Malted Barley’.
Single Malts are usually the mix of multiple barrels of whiskeys from the same distillery but sometimes you’ll come across a bottle that says ‘Single Barrel’ or ‘Single Cask’ which means which each bottle comes from an individual ageing barrel and not blended together from multiple barrels.
Single Malt Whisky is made from 100% 'Malted' Barley
Produced from nothing but barley in a pot still, the malted barley is mashed and fermented to make the Single Malt Whisky. In fact, the wort creates ABV (Alcohol By Volume) of above or below 7-10%. After the distillation and dilution, ABV of Single Malt Whisky ranges from 40-75% (62.5% for the US).
Single Malt Whisky is made from 2+ pot stills with a pristine combination of unadulterated barley, yeast, and water. On top of the perfect balance on the palette, best single malt scotch whiskeys strictly come from the Scottish oak casks with a maturity of minimum 3 Years +1 day. The rule of thumb is, older the better.
Single Malt Whisky Flavour Profile
Identifying single malt whiskey by the flavour is the easiest way to find your favourite. Flavour profile of single malt ranges from Elegant & Floral to Rich and Peaty. The main Scottish single malts tend to lean more towards the fuller, richer and smokier side of the whisky flavour spectrum. The taste of single malt comes from age, casks, and region where it was aged.
Single Malt Whisky Regions
Single Malt Scotch Whisky is the first and most popular whiskey in the world. According to Scotch Whiskey Regulations, it is illegal to name any Single Malt as Scotch Whisky unless made in Scotland. Scotland’s six whisky producing single malt whisky are Campbeltown, Highland, Island, Islay, Lowland and Speyside.
Other countries making amazing Single Malt Whisky are Japan and Ireland.