Do you see yourself as a novice when it comes to single malt whisky? When you see all the different brand and ages of whisky, do you feel intimidated? Or are you someone who enjoys a ‘wee dram’ but doesn’t know much more about it? Would you like to know more about single malt whiskies? Have you ever tried to shop at the whisky exchange?
You’ve come to the right place. I’ve put together the 10 top things you should know regarding single malt whisky. Here we are going to concentrate on whisky from Scotland. Of course, many other countries produce whisky – or whiskey, but none more so than Scotland – the home of whisky. The first essential fact:
There are two basic types of whisky. The most popular, and cheaper is blended whisky. The more expensive is single malt whisky. Single malt Scotch whisky is made purely from malted barley. Blended whisky is a blend of malted barley whisky and grain whisky. Grain whisky is gaining in popularity. This is made from any type of grain. There is a difference in the way malt and grain whiskies are produced – malt whisky is distilled in pot stills whereas grain whisky is usually made in column stills. Here are the most common categories that will be on a bottle of Scotch – all of these are on sale at the Whisky Exchange:
- Single malt whisky – a blend of malted whisky from a single distillery. The whiskies are from different casks.
- Single malt whisky single cask – comes from just one cask.
- Single malt whisky cask strength – the malt whisky as it come out the cask without being diluted.
- Single grain whisky – grain whisky from a single distillery (unusual)
- Blended malt whisky – a blend of malt whiskies from different distilleries
Blended whisky – a blend of malted and grain whisky from different distilleries