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Single Malt Whisky

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  • Craigellechie 1997 Connoisseurs Choice 46% 70cl
    Craigellachie was founded in the 1890's in the Speyside area and is characterised by its traditional Worm Tubs. The expression was matured in first fill sherry hogsheads, which is light and fragrant showing citrus hints, coconut and toasted oak. The palate shows red fruits and a hint of spice dev...
    £57.50
  • Craigellachie 13 years old 46% 70cl
    This 13 year old Speyside dram from The Craigellachie distillery. The name means 'Rocky Hill' and the distillery is one of the few remaining to distil their whisky with worm tubes. These are long copper tubes that sit in a vat of cold water to condense the spirit. It bestows the whisky with a mea...
    £53.99
  • Craigellachie 17 years old 46% 70cl
    Full-bodied style malt with rich fruit and slight hints of smoke, sweetness and tropical fruits. One of the few traditional style malts distilled using 'worm tubs' to condense the spirit after distillation.
    £96.99

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.