Single Malt: A Singular Taste

on 18/09/10 at 8:13 pm

Spirits

Single malt glass

Peaty or smoky, fresh or sweet. On the rocks or with water. A five-figure sum for a peg of a certain brand. What is it that makes a single malt whisky so sought-after? Anoothi Vishal tries to find out.

How would you describe that Talisker 25-year-old sitting in your collection? Or even the taste of a Glenmorangie 10 YO (year old) ? If the whisky that you are sipping is ‘peaty’ and ‘smoky’, is it a Highland or an Islay malt? If you like your Scotch fresh and sweet, what are the distilleries that you should look out for? Should you dilute your single malt with water? If you are in search of answers to some of these question (or dozens of other similar ones) but don’t quite know who to ask, despair not. It may be time for you to join a single malt club in your city.

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