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Scotch Single Malt Whisky

Single malt Scotch whisky is Scotland's original whisky. It was traditionally made in the Highlands in the 18th and 19th century only from malted barley. In contrast, Lowland whisky was often made from other grains including oats, wheat, and later maize (corn). Until the Excise Act of 1823, much single malt Scotch whisky would have been made and sold illegally. The passing of this act paved the way for the commercialisation of the industry when famed illicit distilleries like George Smith's Glenlivet went legal.

This led to a boom in distillery building that continued until the 1890s. A series of regions emerged which produced whiskies in a distinct style: Islay, Island, Speyside (previously known as Glenlivet), Campbeltown, Highland and Lowland. Much of this character came from the fuel used for malting the barley. In the case of Islay, it would have been the island's plentiful peat, resulting in a smoky, medicinal taste, whereas Speyside's good railway connections would see it adopting anthracite, a kind of smokeless coal.

By the 1870s, however, most Scotch whisky for export would have been a blend of characterful Highland single malts and Lowland grains. These were pioneered, aged and marketed by shopkeepers like John Walker of Kilmarnock, Chivas Bros of Aberdeen and Arthur Bell & Sons of Perth. These merchants also imported rum, Port, sherry, Madeira and other wines, and had discovered that single malt Scotch whisky did something extraordinary when aged in seasoned wood. In whisky's illicit years, it would have been drunk unaged or even flavoured with herbs and spices but eventually whisky came to be generally regarded as an aged product. Since a court ruling of 1909, Scotch whisky, both malt and grain, has to be aged for a minimum for three years.

Now to be labelled as a single malt Scotch whisky, the spirit has to be made only from malted barley, batch-distilled in copper pot stills (usually twice though there are some triple-distilled single malt Scotch whiskies), aged for a minimum of three years in oak casks in Scotland, and bottled at no less than 40% ABV. The industry is governed by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA). Within these strict parameters, however, each distillery produces a unique style through differences in fermentation techniques, distillation, wood ageing etc. On the whole, the regional styles like Islay or Speyside owe more to tradition than anything intrinsic to where they are made.

While for much of the 20th century, Scotch whisky drinkers would have drunk blends, often mixed with soda water, single malts were highly prized by aficionados, though usually only seen as independent bottling from merchants like Gordon & MacPhail of Elgin. In the 1960s, however, Glenfiddich in Speyside began bottling and marketing its single malt Scotch whisky internationally. Its success led to others making this leap such as Glenfarclas, Macallan and Glenlivet. Single malt Scotch whisky as we know it had arrived.

Many of the distilleries built during the boom years of the 19th century have since closed down but in the 21st century Scotch whisky grew rapidly once more and there are now more than 130 malt distilleries in operation. These range from tiny farm operations to vast factories of whisky. Despite the global fame of single malt Scotch whisky, however, the majority of production is still used for blends which make up around 85% of global sales. The success of single malt Scotch whisky has inspired distillers all over the world with countries such as Taiwan, Japan, Australia and America all making single malts that, while distinctive, owe much to the original.

In the 19th century, characterful malt whiskies would have often been drunk mixed with hot water, honey and spices in the form of toddies. Nowadays, most are drunk neat or with a little water but we're starting to see a return to mixing with certain malt whisky cocktails like the Smokey Cokey, a blend of Lagavulin and Coca-Cola, gaining a cult following.

Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old (5cl With Glass)

5cl, 40%
Dufftown

This 50ml edition of the fine Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old also comes with a glass. Making this fruity, grassy Speysider a perfect stocking filler, or secret santa gift!  More info

Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old (5cl With Glass)
$9.66

Talisker 10 Year Old 5cl with Mug

5cl, 45.8%
Talisker

A treat from the Isle of Skye, this charming little gift set includes a 50ml miniature of Talisker 10 Year Old single malt, accompanied by a branded enamel mug. A perfect pressie to warm up a Scotch…  More info

Talisker 10 Year Old 5cl with Mug
$10.16

Glen Moray Elgin Classic 35cl

35cl, 40%
Glen Moray

A little 350ml bottle of Glen Moray Elgin Classic. A great way to sample this easy-drinking single malt – and ought to make a fab gift for a whisky lover.  More info

Glen Moray Elgin Classic 35cl
$16.25

Tomatin 12 Year Old (20cl)

20cl, 43%
Tomatin

A 20cl bottling of Tomatin's wonderful 12 year old single malt! Matured in bourbon casks before a finishing period in sherry casks, this a great expression to enjoy as an aperitif, or alongside some…  More info

Tomatin 12 Year Old (20cl)
$19

Tomintoul 10 Year Old 35cl

35cl, 40%
Tomintoul

A gentle 10 year old from the Speyside distillery, Tomintoul, in a half bottle size.  More info

Tomintoul 10 Year Old 35cl
4
$19.25

James Cree's Single Malt Scotch Whisky

70cl, 40%
James Cree's

From the James Cree's selection comes a Lowland single malt Scotch whisky, which has been fully matured in Spanish Oloroso sherry casks, which have helped to impart a familiar gamut of dried fruit…  More info

James Cree's Single Malt Scotch Whisky
$22.30

Glenmorangie 10 Year Old - The Original 35cl

35cl, 40%
Glenmorangie

A half bottle of 10 year old Glenmorangie. Original is great value for money, one of our favourite "core" distillery bottlings.  More info

Glenmorangie 10 Year Old - The Original 35cl
3
$23.11

Speyside 7 Year Old 2015 Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 40%
Speyside

We're big fans of The Speyside Distillery, and we've been looking forward to the day that this single malt reached bottling time. That day came in 2022, seven years after distillation, when we…  More info

Speyside 7 Year Old 2015 Single Cask (Master of Malt)
2
$23.33

Glen Moray Elgin Classic

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

The central, and entry level release in the Elgin Classic range from Glen Moray distillery. Very easy to drink, this stuff offers up hints of soft citrus and barley.  More info

Glen Moray Elgin Classic
160
$23.81

A Secret Speyside Distillery 10 Year Old (Master of Malt)

70cl, 40%
Master of Malt

Top secret stuff here from a magical place called Speyside. The bottle contains single-malt whisky, a delicious substance obtained by collecting rainwater and biscuit crumbs and combining them…  More info

A Secret Speyside Distillery 10 Year Old (Master of Malt)
5
$24.34

Speyburn Bradan Orach

70cl, 40%
Speyburn

Bradan Orach is Gaelic for Golden Salmon, the very best kind of salmon. A no age statement Speyburn, named for the River Spey, a great spot for salmon fishing.  More info

Speyburn Bradan Orach
69
$24.37

Crabbie's Yardhead

70cl, 40%
John Crabbie & Co.

A no-age-statement single malt from Crabbie's! John Crabbie’s original premises were at Yardheads in Leith, hence the name of the whisky. As the brand new distillery gets up and running, Crabbie's…  More info

Crabbie's Yardhead
85
$24.37

Glen Parker Single Malt

70cl, 40%
Glen Parker

An easy-going single malt from an unnamed distillery in Speyside, Glen Parker is ever so slightly peaty.  More info

Glen Parker Single Malt
37
$24.37
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Auchentoshan American Oak

70cl, 40%
Auchentoshan

From the Auchentoshan distillery in the Scottish Lowlands comes a triple distilled single malt Scotch whisky aged entirely in first fill American oak casks. A light, bright whisky with plenty of…  More info

Auchentoshan American Oak
103
$27.42
$25.34
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Speyside 8 Year Old 2014 Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 40%
Speyside

Our Master of Malt releases of single malt from the Speyside Distillery always go down a storm, and the time has come for another to fly the nest! This time, it's an eight-year-old offering,…  More info

Speyside 8 Year Old 2014 Single Cask (Master of Malt)
2
$25.35

Crabbie's Yardhead Gift Pack with 1x Tumbler

70cl, 40%
John Crabbie & Co.

A tasty single malt Scotch whisky here from an undisclosed distillery, bottled up by Crabbie's – it's the marvellous Yardhead! This expression is great for using in cocktails and mixed drinks, and…  More info

Crabbie's Yardhead Gift Pack with 1x Tumbler
$25.35

Loch Lomond Original

70cl, 40%
Loch Lomond

A satisfying, subtly peated single malt Scotch whisky from Loch Lomond. The distillery is renowned for being able to produce a multitude of whisky styles, including single malt (like the one you see…  More info

Loch Lomond Original
42
$25.40
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Glen Keith Distillery Edition

70cl, 40%
Glen Keith

This handsome chap before you is the first permanent no age statement single malt from Glen Keith that the distillery in Speyside has released. Matured in ‘traditional’ American oak casks and bottled…  More info

Glen Keith Distillery Edition
52
$25.61

Tullibardine Tasting Collection Gift Set (4 x 50ml)

20cl, 43%
Tullibardine

Behold, the Tasting Collection from Tullibardine! This shiny gift set includes four 5cl miniatures from the Highland distillery, with the 228 Burgundy Finish, 225 Sauternes Finish, 500 Sherry Finish…  More info

Tullibardine Tasting Collection Gift Set (4 x 50ml)
2
$26.36

Hamiltons Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

70cl, 40%
Hamiltons

A single malt Scotch whisky from an undisclosed Highland distillery, presented as part of the Hamiltons range, which focuses on four regions of whisky production - Highlands, Lowlands, Speyside and…  More info

Hamiltons Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
3
$26.42

Hamiltons Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

70cl, 40%
Hamiltons

A classically light, grassy Lowlands single malt Scotch whisky from an undisclosed distillery, bottled for the Hamiltons range of region-specific single malts. There's not all that many Lowlands…  More info

Hamiltons Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
6
$26.42

Hamiltons Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

70cl, 40%
Hamiltons

The Speyside region is home to a large amount of whisky distilleries - and one of them distilled this single malt Scotch whisky, which has been presented as the Speyside expression as part of…  More info

Hamiltons Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
7
$27.06

Glen Moray Peated - Elgin Classic

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

A peaty expression joins Glen Moray's Classic range! Reasonably laid-back for a peated expression, but by no means lazy, this Speyside single malt Scotch whisky balances peaty whiffs with plenty of…  More info

Glen Moray Peated - Elgin Classic
39
$27.34

Glen Moray Port Cask Finish - Elgin Classic

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

Glen Moray were one of the first distillery's to experiment with Port casks, with this epression joining their Elgin Classic range of affordable no age statement releases back in 2014. It's treated…  More info

Glen Moray Port Cask Finish - Elgin Classic
17
$27.34

Glen Moray Sherry Cask Finish - Elgin Classic

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

Single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Moray distillery in Speyside, which has been treated to a finishing period in sherry casks, giving it a generous helping of Speyside sherried yumminess. Dig in.  More info

Glen Moray Sherry Cask Finish - Elgin Classic
21
$27.37

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