The single malt whisky is named after its elaboration in a single distillery, by fermenting malted barley or rye. For the most representative of these drinks, produced in Scotland, the product is distilled at least twice in copper stills, has a minimum alcohol content of 40° and gets aged for at least three years in oak barrels, which capacity can not exceed 700 liters.
This is probably the most appreciated Scotch whisky by connoisseurs, since the storage, aging and elaboration limitations of this drink originate very distinct and different characteristics depending on the type of barrel, wood or even different types of water used in the process, something that at first glance may seem minor but it is crucial in the final outcome. Sometimes are used barrels previously used for aging sherry, port, madeira, rum or cognac, which give the whisky additional and distinctive flavors.
According to a classification recently made in the United States, the top 10 single malt whiskies today are:
- Springbank 10 Year Old 100 Proof - Campbeltown. A single malt with aromas of honey, cucumber, aftertastes of lemon zest, peat and autumn leaves.
- Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old - Highlands. An exclusive whisky, preferred by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, classic flavor and rich hues.
- The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old - Speyside. One of the most unique and complex, with notes of vanilla, caramel, peach, honey and prunes.
- Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old - Islay. Elegant and appreciated by both experts as beginners in the world of whisky.
- Highland Park 18 Year Old - Orkney Islands. This is one of the youngest members of the top 10, yet balanced, subtle and sophisticated.
- The Macallan Cask Strength - The Highlands. A true classic among classics, rich but accessible to any palate, with a characteristic bouquet of port wine, cinnamon and oat meal.
- Scapa 16 Year Old The Orcadian - Orkney Islands. A legendary single malt scotch, with amber color and aroma of berries, sea salt, chocolate and pepper.
- Glenkinchie 1991 Distillers Edition - The Lowlands. The Lowlands have also much to offer, as evidenced by this whisky with grass and floral aromas, and a palate rich in notes of leather, smoke, vanilla and honey.
- Lagavulin 12 Year Old Cask Strength - Islay. Endless aromas with multiple interpretations, a rich palate in a special edition for its most loyal followers.
- Glenmorangie 18 Years Old "Extremely Rare" - The Highlands. As its name suggests, it is probably the most unique and sought after, aged for 15 years in Bourbon barrels and 3 in Oloroso sherry barrels, with tastes of nuts, figs, dates and vanilla.
Lagavulin 12 Years Special Release
Whisky Balvenie 12 Years Double Wood