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Single Malt Whisky

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  • Aberfeldy 12 years old 40% 70cl
    The Aberfeldy distillery was established over 100 years ago in 1898, on the south bank of the river Tay. This 12 years old single malt has a honeyed heather nose, full bodied and rounded taste. The finish is dry and elegant, with pronouced spicy characteristics and a hint of seville oranges.
    £43.99
  • Aberfeldy 1996 Connoisseurs Choice 46% 70cl
    Aberfledy Distillery was founded in the 1890s before being expanded in the 1960s and 70s. This particular bottling was matured in refill sherry hogsheads giving notes of stewed plums, malt a hint of sherry. The palate has spice, with ripe tropical fruits and a milk chocolate edge.Bottled 20...
    £44.50

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.