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Single Malt Whisky

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  • Kilchoman 2008 Vintage 46% 70cl
    This is the First 7 year old malt released by the distillery which was established in 2005. This was distilled in 2008 and matured in bourbon barrels before bottling in 2005. It has a powerful nose of peat smoke, spice, dark chocolate and citrus notes. The palate is wonderfully balanced with peat...
  • Balmenach 2008 Connoisseurs Choice 46% 70cl
    Balmenach was one of the first stills to become legitimate back in 1823 after the licensing act. This bottling has been matured in a refill sherry butt and a refill Bourbon barrel. Suntle sherry flavours with vanilla from the bourbon wood. The palate is peppery with sweet banana and orange and mi...
  • Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2008 Dunlossit Estate 50% 70cl
    This is Bruichladdich latest release of Bere Barley farmed at the Dunlossit estate on the Isle of Islay. The barley which is one of the oldest strains in Britain was harvested in 2007 and distilled in 2008,  a single vintage expression. The resulting whisky has been aged in ex-Americ...
  • Coopers Choice Ardmore 2008 Port Cask 46% 70cl
    Distilled in 2008 at the Ardmore Distillery and bottled by The Vintage Malt Whisky Co. Limited to 1 of only 420 bottles. A Highland single malt, distilled in July 2008 and bottled in 2017, matured in American Oak with additional aging in a port wine pipe, Cask No. 823. Over 8 years old...
  • Coopers Choice Tobermory 2008 Marsala Cask 56.5% 70cl
    An Island single malt, distilled August 2008 and bottled in 2018. Matured in American Oak with additional aging in a Marsala Cask, Cask No 6669. Over 9 years old, only 1 of 325 bottles produced. The cooper's Choice range of single cask whiskies from Scotlands finest distilleries is or ...
  • Bunnahabhain 2008 Moine Bordeaux Red Wine cask Matured 2008
    Despite the original non-peated Islay malt, Bunnahabhain becoming well known for its Mòine, (means ‘peated’ in Scots Gaelic) variants in recent years. For the first time in the distillery's history, this peated spirit has been fully matured in premium red wine casks from Bordeaux in ...
  • Deanston 2008 9 years old Bordeaux Red Wine Cask Matured 58.7% 70cl
    Deanston 2008 is a Highland single malt whisky that has been simply aged in casks that previously held Bordeaux red wine. It's bottled at cask strength which is always a bonus in our opinion. The nose is sweet with toffee and honey but also with spices and citrus. The palate allows the effects of...
  • Glen Scotia 2008 Ruby Port Finish 57.8% 70cl
    This bottling is a limited edition. Glen Scotia's Malt Master selected casks of pelted single malt exclusively matured in first fill bourbon barrels delivering the subtly smoky and maritime character of Glen Scotia with a long finish of soft medicinal peat and dry saltiness. These casks are th...

Single malt whisky is the purest expression of Scotch you can get. Malted barley, yeast and water - that’s it! These key ingredients are fermented in copper pot stills and the resultant spirit is then matured in Oak barrels. This batch process is a legal perquisite that has to be adhered to in order for the product to be called a Scotch whisky. The other stipulations are that it must be matured for at least 3 years inside the cask, be bottled at no less than 40% ABV and the distillery that produces it must be in Scotland!

To be classed as single malt, the whisky must be made wholly from malted barley; no other grain is allowed at all. It must also be the product of a single distillery. There are around 100 working distilleries in Scotland, although some may not be in operation for periods of time in order for stock levels to recoup. There used to be at least double this number but, unfortunately, many have closed their doors permanently due to adverse economical conditions and low demand. The majority of these closures occurred around the final years of the Second World War. Single malt expressions from these ‘lost distilleries’ are very desirable to whisky enthusiasts and have a price tag that reflects their increasing rarity.

The popularity of single malt has gone from zero to hero over the course of the last 25 years or so. It’s hard to believe that it was rarely consumed outside of its native borders and accounted for an extremely small percentage of sales, with blended whisky being the most popular style by far. That was until the end of the 80’s when it skyrocketed into the public domain and was recognised as the elegant and sophisticated tipple we all know and love. With the public embracing the authenticity of single malt Scotch, the distilleries responded by upping production. The success story has not faltered once since that time and the popularity of the traditional single malt shows no sign of waning.