Single Malt and Scotch Whisky: A Guide to Hundreds of Brands and Varieties

Single Malt and Scotch Whisky: A Guide to Hundreds of Brands and Varieties

Daniel Lerner

Language: English

Pages: 208

ISBN: 1579125778

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

This guide to single malt and Scotch whiskey is an essential resource for novices and seasoned experts alike. It includes more than 200 brands and varieties of Scotch and single malt whiskey. Ratings and detailed information on Scotch and the Scotch industry are included. Information on each brand includes the varieties’ strength, aroma, flavor, and distinguishing characteristics. The history and lore of single malt and Scotch whisky is shown in both text and color photographs.

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(cask strength), Gordon & MacPhail, Hart Brothers TASTING NOTES: Aromas: Fruity, floral Flavors: Sweet, smoky, honey, and spice TAMNAVULIN HIGHLAND (SPEYSIDE) In Gaelic, tamnavulin means “mill on the hill,” which is an accurate description of this distillery that was built near an old mill, on the Glen, in the foothills of the Cairngorm Mountains in 1966. The distillery has been closed since 1996. TAMNAVULIN DISTILLERY Ballindaloch Banffshire AB37 9JA / Scotland Tel: +44 (0)1807 590 285

before they are poured into the glass. Unlike single malt whiskies, there are no regional identifiers or any other sort of recognizable categorizations for blended whisky. As a rule of thumb, the price will indicate the quality: the more expensive the bottle, the higher the quality (and age) of the components used. As you will see in the following tasting notes, years of research and experimentation in the name of consistency have produced some really very good blended whiskies. BLENDED WHISKY

alcoholic strengths, and different kinds of wood finishes. The notion of single-cask bottlings—whisky bottled at full strength (without dilution to bring down the proof) from a single cask—has taken hold. Sophisticated whisky drinkers look for unique and unreproducible traits in their whisky. In addition, variations of more traditionally vatted whiskies are sought after, hence the wood-finished ranges, which are imbued with additional levels of flavor complexity by aging them in different types

spirits, have been falling gradually; in the United States between 1994 and 1999, sales were down by 3.3 percent. But, from 1999 to 2004, there was a steady increase in the sale of whisky in general. Sales for single malts increased by 14 percent for this period. This upward trend shows no sign of abating. Distillers have been taking advantage of this trend by expanding the age range of their bottlings, and independent bottlings have become more readily available. Consequently, at this point in

quite expensive. CHAPTER 10 The Single Malt Brands SINGLE MALT AND SCOTCH WHISKY ABERFELDY HIGHLAND (SOUTHERN) Built by the sons of the famous blender John Dewar in the 1890s, this distillery is situated in beautiful woodland, which is home to a fine family of red squirrels whose likeness is emblazoned on the Aberfeldy label. Mostly used for blending (Aberfeldy is a major contributor to Dewar’s), some is available in both independent and distillery bottlings. ABERFELDY DISTILLERY Aberlfeldy

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