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Speyside Malts

Speyside whiskies are among Scotland’s lightest, sweetest single malts. Age often brings a bit more body and the profusion of heavily sherried whiskies from the region exhibits superb power. Though a comparatively small appellation, Speyside has the vast majority of scotch whisky distilleries. Indeed there are eighty-four working distilleries, providing some of the world's best-selling malts: the Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Glen Grant and the Macallan.

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Benromach 10yr 43%
Benromach Cask 59.9%
Linkwood 1991 53.4%
Con/Choice Benriach 1996 43%
Imperial 1995 43%
Longmorn 12yr 40%
Longmorn 16yr 48%
Mortlach 15yr 43%
Tamdhu 10yr 40%
Singleton 12yr 40%
Monkey Shoulder (blended) 40%
Balvenie Double Wood 12yr 40%
Balvenie Double Wood 17yr 43%
Balvenie Port Wood 21yr 40%
Cragganmore 40%
Glenlivet 40%
Glenfiddich 12yr 40% 
Glenfiddich 15yr Solera 40% 
Glenfiddich Ancient Reserve 18yr 40% 
Cardhu 12yr 40% 
Aberlour 10 40%
Aberlour a'Bunadh 60%
Ardmore 46%
Glen Grant 10 40%
Glenrothes Select Reserve 43%

Highland Malts

Single malt from the Highlands takes on many shapes and forms. Because the region is so vast it is difficult to make sweeping statements. Typically, single malt from the region is divided into four sub-regions, named after the cardinal compass points. To the north there are big bodied single malts, with cereal sweetness and richness, take the Dalmore, for example. Toward the south there are lighter, fruitier whiskies with a definite dryness. Aberfeldy is a shining example of this. To the east there are some full-bodied, dry whiskies with lots of fruit and pungency. The superb Glen Garioch is one such single malt. The west offers full body and real power with peaty, smoky overtones, nearer the coast there are some more maritime flavoured whiskies too. The most popular highland single malt - if Speyside is treated as a separate region (Speyside, of course, is situated in the Highlands) is Glenmorangie.

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Con/Choice Blair Atholl 1997 43%
Con/Choice Royal Brackla 1995 46%
Con/Choice Fettercairn 1997 46%
Dalwhinnie 15yr 43%
Deanston 46.3%
Glenmorangie 40%
Glengoyne 10yr 40%
Glengoyne 12yr 43%
Glengoyne Distillery Cask 55%
Glengoyne Teapot Dram 59%
Tomatin 12yr 40%
Old Pulteney 12yr 40%
The Macallan Gold 40%
Inverarity Ltd. Edition (blended) 40%
Oban 14yr 43%
Dalmore 12yr 40%
Aberfeldy 12yr 40%
Clynelish 14yr 46%
Clynelish 1994 43%
Clynelish 1997 Distiller’s Edition 46%
Edradour 10yr 40%
Glenfarclas 10yr 40%
Glenfarclas 15yr 46% 
Glenfarclas 21yr 46%
Glenfarclas 25yr 40%
Glen Garioch 12yr 48%
Blair Athol 12yr 43%
Blair Athol Natural Cask 56%

Island Malts

Although officially considered part of the Highland region, Island Malts are extremely varied and different from each other. Highland Park, distilled in Orkney, is a renowned malt from Scotland's northernmost distillery. 

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Con/Choice Ledaig 1993 43%
Scapa 16yr 40%
Ledaig 10yr 46.3%
Tobermory 10yr%
Highland Park 12yr 40%
Highland Park 18yr 43%
Talisker 10yr 45.8%
Talisker Storm 45.8%
Jura 10yr 40%
Jura Superstition 43%
Jura Diurach's Own 16yr 40%
Jura Prophecy 46%
Jura Tastival 44%

Lowland Malts

The Lowlands is a region of more gentle, floral whiskies which are sometimes called "the lowland ladies". In this region, triple distillation is preferred, which makes the whisky more delicate. Auchentoshan is perhaps the most famed lowland distillery. Rosebank and Ladyburn, meanwhile, are sadly defunct distilleries that earned great reputations for their superb whiskies.

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Con/Choice Speyburn 1989 46%
Con/Choice Bladnoch 1993 43% 
Auchentoshan 3 Wood 43%

Islay Malts

Islay is usually associated with peaty single malt whiskies, and that is unsurprising for the three powerhouse distilleries on its south coast that have become world famous, produce some exceptional peaty single malt whiskies. Ardbeg, Laphroaig and Lagavulin all enjoy a sort of cult status. There are also some less peaty drams. - Bunnahabhain for example. The Bunnahabhain distillery sits to the north of the isle and produces fruitier single malts. There is also the Bruichladdich distillery, which is known for its experimental stance when producing single malt, as well as Caol Ila and the newer farm-distillery of Kilchoman, both of which are usually peated, but not to the same level as the three mentioned Ardbeg, Laphroaig and Lagavulin.

Single malt whisky must be produced at a single distillery, from nothing other than yeast, water and malted barley before being distilled in pot stills and matured for a minimum of three years and a day in oak casks.

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Caol Ila 12yr 43%
Bowmore 12yr 40%
Bowmore Darkest 15yr 43%
Bunnahabhain 12yr 46.3%
Ardbeg 10yr 46%
Bruichladdich Scottish Barley 10yr 50%
Buichladdich Octomore 57%
Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 50%
Laphroaig 10yr 40%
Laphroaig 18yr 48%
Laphroaig Quarter Cask 48%
Lagavulin 16yr 43%
Inverarity Islay 8yr 40%
Smokehead 43%
Kilchoman 2007 46%

English Malts

Now England has its own place in the annals of whisky history, proudly boasting the Norfolk-based distillery St George’s. The build up to the first release of English single malt was palpable, and it just exploded onto the market. Pre-releases were already described as impish and exuberant. The ‘new make’ spirit from St George’s distillery received critical acclaim.

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Chapter 6 Unpeated 3yr 46%

Campbeltown Malts

Once one of the most prolific regions in Scotland, Campbeltown sits on the Mull of Kintyre and the single malt whiskies from the region reflect this with a slight coastal character. They are known for their dryness and often for their pungency.

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Glen Scotia 1992 43%
Spring Bank 46% 
Longrow 46%

Edinburgh Malts

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Glenkinchie 12yr 43%
Dimple 15yr blended 40%
Haig Club Single Grain Whisky 40%

Japanese Malts

Japanese whiskies are crafted in the Scottish style. They lie between Lowland and Speyside in style. delicate and perfumed with honeyed sweetness. One regularly hears them described as being smooth, but that is doing them an injustice. Light sherry and floral notes, sometimes they have been peated for a smoky, quasi Islay style. The burgeoning whisky Japanese industry has been largely attributed to its two founding fathers: Shinjro Torii and Masataka Taketsuru. Shinjro established the Suntory brand, founding the first distillery in Japan in 1923, Yamazaki in the vale of Yamazaki.

Taketsuru founded Yoichi on Hokkaido eleven years later. Today, Japanese whiskies are becoming increasingly popular and have a style of their own.

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Yamazaki 12yr 43%
Yamazaki 18yr 43%
Nikka (blended) barrel strength 51%


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