What makes single malt whisky one of the best spirits to drink is the fantastic variety that can be enjoyed. There are only 3 ingredients used in the production of Scotch whisky – barley, yeast and water. There are literally hundreds of different types of whiskies to choose from. To be called a single malt whisky, it must have been produced at a single distillery, aged in oak barrels for at least 3 years and bottled with an alcohol content of at least 40%. To find out more about single malt whiskies then click here for a more in-depth guide. If you want to buy any type of Scotch whisky, then click on the links below. You have come to the right place for online whisky. Worldwide shipping is available.
Whisky Producing Regions of Scotland
Scotland can be split up into 6 different whisky producing regions of Scotland – Highland, Speyside, Lowlands, Islands, Campbeltown and Islay. Whisky from these different areas will have their own characteristics. For example, whisky from Islay is usually very peaty and smoky, whereas whisky from Speyside will be sweeter and lighter. Also, whisky distilleries which are located near the sea will also have a distinct saltiness to the whiskies produced there. The areas are interesting in the fact that some of them cover a large geographical area and some of them a very small area. For example, Speyside is an area within the Scottish highlands, but because of the concentration of distilleries there, it is classed as it’s own region. Speyside is home to the famous Glenfiddich whisky distillery. Campbeltown is a small town in the west of Scotland, but because there used to be 30 distilleries there, then it is still classed as a separate ‘region’
What About Blended Scotch Whisky?
Some people will say that only single malt whisky should be drunk and that it’s much superior to blended whisky. Well although in some cases that could be true, it’s not true in all cases. For example, a cheap malt whisky won’t be as good as a blended whisky like Johnnie Walker Blue Label.
So what is a blended whisky? Blended Scotch whisky is a blend of malt and grain whiskies from various distilleries. Usually the cheaper the blend, then the more grain whisky is in the blend. If the bottle has an age statement on it, then it will indicate the age of the youngest whisky. Over the past few year we’ve see the emergence of blended malt whisky. This is sometimes referred to as “vatted malt”. This blended whisky will contain only malt whiskies and won’t have any grain whisky in the blend.
The best brand of blended whisky would definitely be Johnnie Walker (click here to find out more on Johnnie Walker whisky). They produce a range of whisky classed by coloured labels – Red Label, Black Label, Green Label (discontinued), Gold Label, Platinum Label and Blue Label. They also produce whiskies specifically for the duty free market, and these can only be purchased at airports and other duty free outlets.
Why the Whisky Exchange?
They consistently provide a high quality of customer service and have one of the largest selections of whisky online. In fact, it is sometimes easier to find single malt whiskies there than in whisky shops in Scotland! They have over 500o whiskies available for sale and they export to most countries in the world! Every year they hold a whisky exchange in London with presentations of exclusive and rare single malt whiskies, blended whiskies and world whiskies.