What is Single Malt Scotch Whisky?
Scotch is a type of whisky just like Bourbon or Irish Whiskey are whisky.
The “Single Malt” refers to the fact that a single malt whisky is made from malted barley as its only grain ingredient. Other whisky is made from ingredients including barley, malted barley, rye, malted rye, corn or wheat.
A “Single Malt Scotch Whisky” is a whisky made with a single malt (malted barley) using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery in Scotland.
Why is Single Malt Scotch Whisky special?
It all comes down to the flavor. Flavors vary within the classification of Single Malt Whisky. One source of the flavor profile is the wooden cask the whisky is aged or matured in. Some will attribute unique flavor profiles to the region of Scotland the whisky originates from. Location can impact ingredients such as the makeup of the water.
Some say that Single Malt Scotch Whisky has a “smoothness” that other whisky lacks.
Because flavor is a personal preference, you’ll have to give it a try it to see which brand you prefer.
What should I buy?
Each brand of Single Malt Scotch has a distinctive taste. The best way to start is to choose one and jump in.
Stop by Aceti’s to see the variety of Single Malts on our shelves. Remember that we can quickly special order if you’re looking for hard to find bottle.
Reference: wikipedia.com & maltmadness.com