Single Malt Scotch Whisky is defined by law as whisky distilled from only malted barley, aged for a minimum of three years and produced by a single Scottish distillery, Single malt whisky is one of the most highly-prized and sought-after categories of alcoholic drinks in the world.
Single malt whisky has grown a reputation for being a higher quality spirit than blends. This has led to a misconception that they are also smoother and more flavorful. Yet before you dismiss Dewars as being beneath you, you should at least give blended whiskey a chance to defend itself.
This 11-year-old Lagavulin Single Malt Scotch was finished in barrels from the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore, MD. After four months of purely platonic finishing, the golden-brown elixir of the gods has been imbued with traces of chocolate, wisps of vanilla, and a chili-pepper kick that stays in the finish until the party is over. Best enjoyed while sharing stories with your dad.
Region: Scotland, Single Malt
Simply serve neat or with a little water.
The deep, multilayered flavor of this whisky is made in homage to founder James Fleming in the heart of Speyside. It is a fine example of Aberlour’s distinctive, flavorful character and double cask maturation process.
The 12-year-old expression is a fine example of how the distinctively crisp, citrus character of Aberlour’s new distillate is deftly softened by double cask maturation. Traditional Oak and seasoned Sherry butts are both used to great effect, as the mellowed spirits within are combined to deliver a subtly balanced flavor.
Flavor: Citrus, Apple, Vanilla, Spice, Toffee, Chocolate, Orange
Alcohol Content: 40 Percent by Volume
Alcohol Type: Single malt
NOSE: Buttery cinnamon toast, concentrated raisin in the background, astringent woody touches, glacé cherry, barrel char.
PALATE: Big sweet butter hit, with maple syrup, brown sugar, plump raisins, nutmeg, milk chocolate and more of the char from the nose.
FINISH: Medium length, with chocolate, raisins and more char.
Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Cask Strength Single Malt is a beautifully refined whisky hued by the succulent tones of red and white wine. For this featured offering, Taiwan-based distiller Kavalan Whisky incorporates American white oak ex-wine casks that have been open-air seasoned for at least 24 months before being re-toasted, charred, and filled with prime Kavalan whiskey.
Originally launched in 2010 in highly-curated quantities, this select whiskey swirls and writhes with a complex fruitiness that will leave you reaching for another sip!
This whisky was named the World’s Best Single Malt Whisky at Whisky Magazine’s 2015 World Whiskies Awards. It also received the Double Gold Medal at the 2012 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Beverage type: Single Malt Whisky
Color: Deep autumn gold. Nose: A rich fusion of vanilla and caramelized sugars with dark chocolate on top. Ripe melon and mango together with kiwi and a delicate blend of citrus fruits burst. Pepper is also present in the background waiting to be noticed. This bouquet is simply a sensational feast to your olfactory organ.
Palate: The taste ends with clean and complex flavors embodying all that is best in the finest malt whiskies and a long aftertaste.
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Launched in 1988 as part of Diageo’s Classic Malts Selection range. The only standard, aged release from this Highland distillery on the west coast. Lightly peated and matured in American white oak, ex-bourbon casks. Bottled at 43%.
Nose: Rich Sweetness and Fruits – Oranges, Lemons and Pears, With Sea-Salt and Peaty Smokiness.
Palate: Mouth-Filling Late Autumn Fruits – Dried Figs and Honey-Sweet Spices; Followed by A Smoky Malty Dryness.
Finish: Long, Smooth-Sweet Finish with Oak-Wood, Dryness and A Grain of Salt.
Overall: A true classic, Oban’s 14-year-old is a great coastal dram for lovers of lightly smoked, fresh malts.
Bimber Distillery Sherry Cask Single Malt London Whisky is a 58.9% Single Malt International Whiskey from Poland. It is packaged in a 750ml bottle. Another fine Single Malt International Whiskey from Bimber.
Beverage type: Single Malt International Whiskey
Kavalan Classic Single Malt Whisky exemplifies the sheer quality of whisky coming out of Taiwan. The craftsmanship of the distillery works with the humid Taiwanese climate to create whisky that is diverse and complex. Fresh and clean, the spirit is rich with silky smoothness and hints of tropical fruits, mango in particular.
Category: Single Malt Whiskey
COLOUR: Lively and passionate amber.
NOSE: Clean, elegant, floral (pleasant & refreshing fragrance of the butterfly orchid), fruity and seductive. With hints of honey, tropical fruits (mango in particular), pear drop, vanilla, coconuts and suggestions of chocolate.
PALATE: A hint of sweet mango juice with that spicy complexity and gentle warmth on a medium, oily and citrus finish.