Scotland’s most famous export can only be whisky. For over 500 years the production of ‘uisge beatha’ (Gaelic, literally ‘water of life’) has developed from the potent, raw whisky first drunk in Scotland, to the smooth sophisticated malt whisky available today.
But what exactly is a Malt Whisky? Malt (whisky) is made primarily from malted barley, as opposed to whiskey made from grain. A vatted malt is a whisky blended from malt whiskies from different distilleries. If a whisky is labelled ‘pure malt’ or just ‘malt’ it is almost certain to be a vatted whisky. This is also sometimes labelled as ‘blended malt’ whisky. A single malt scotch whisky is the product of one specific distillery and has not been mixed with whisky from any other distilleries.
The greatest concentration of malt whisky distilleries can be found in the Speyside region of north-east Scotland, with Highland, Lowland and Islay being the other main malt whisky producing zones. Each of these regions has its own particular distinctive style of malt whisky and although it is not possible for two malts to be identical, even if the distilleries that produce them happen to stand side by side, it is usually possible to distinguish in which region of Scotland a particular whisky was made.
Aberlour Speyside Single Malt Whisky 10yrs
Benromach Oak Matured Single Malt (10 years old)
Caol-ila, Islay Single Malt Whisky 12yrs
Glen Moray Speyside Single Malt Whisky (unaged)
Glenfiddich Single malt Whisky (12 year old)
Glenmorangie Single Malt Whisky (10 year old)
Macallan Single Malt Whisky
Famous Grouse Blended Whisky 70cl