I have been a single malt drinker for over 20 years. I came to this much sought-after libation after drinking lots of blended scotch whiskeys like Johnnie Walker Black. However, I warn you, one has to work their way up to this very bold often smoky taste. One of the reasons why single malts are my favorite is because I usually smoke cigars when I am drinking scotch. I have found that stronger peat infused single malts can be tasted through cigar smoke on the palate. Most important, a single malt aficionado drinks single malt scotch whiskey with only 3 to 4 drops of water per shot. No ice or mixers!
I suggest that if you are serious about trying single malt scotches, you do it by tasting “THE SIX CLASSIC MALTS OF SCOTLAND” of United Distillers. They are particularly selected to best represent each of the malt whiskey producing regions of Scotland. They embrace the full diversity of regional tastes and styles.
The “Six Classic Malts Of Scotland” begin in the Lowlands, just a few miles from Edinburgh, where the Glenkinchie™ distillery produces its light and floral Single Malt. From here we travel to Dalwhinnie™ in the Highlands, typified by its heather and honey flavours.
From there we visit Speyside, and Cragganmore™ - a complex, fruity Single Malt - before heading as far West as we might go to the Isle of Skye. Here we find Talisker™, the only Single Malt Scotch Whisky from this rugged, windswept Island.
Travelling south along the West Coast of Scotland, we take in Oban™, the oldest of our collection having been established in 1794 before ending our journey on the magical island of Islay. It’s here, that we find the rich, peaty Lagavulin™.
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