Made of malted barley in two copper pot stills (at times three), single malt scotch is produced in a batch process and matured in oak casks.

What makes scotch Whisky appealing to the people who appreciate its true being, is the intriguing complexity it can achieve, when long-aged.

Having said that, the technology developed to make single malt varied in numerous cultures, at various times, and came to mean different things to different craftsmen.

Let me give you an example to you guys here.

About 2500 years ago Greek sailors used to boil sea water to get a drink, boiled sea water to get a drink, on the other hand around 2100 years ago, getting spirit from wine following the same process was a widespread practice.

Then came to existence the tube and a vessel at the bottom to catch the spirit, which was very identical to the still that we know and see as of today.

Single malt whisky is made with barley, yeast and water. It is produced in many countries. Some American whiskey advertised as single malt whiskey is made with rye rather than barley. Single malt is a very odd name, I remember it as scotch. There is one thing about scotch; it gets better with age. Scapa, Springbank, Royal Lochnagar, the Balvenie Doublewood, Highland Park, Bunnahabhain are some popular brands of single malt scotch whiskey. All of these brands provide at least 10 years old single malt scotch whisky. Most of the cocktails are made with these scotch whiskeys. Thus, single malt scotch whiskeys are also good for experimentation.

Single Malt Whiskies are mostly made in Scotland. There are a few conditions which a whiskey must fulfill to be a Single Malt Whiskey. Firstly, it should be distilled at a single distillery by using pot still distillation process and secondly, it should be made from a mash of malted grain. In, single malt the “Single” word signifies that the whiskey is distilled in a single distillery and the word “Malt” signifies that the whiskey is made from a malted grain. The age written on the bottle of the whiskey, signifies the number of years for which the whiskey has been kept, for maturing.

I have literally grown up hearing the terms single malt, double malt and blended whiskey being catapulted between dad and his guests during their occasional drinking parties at home. It all seemed real fancy to my ears but I never really knew what they actually meant. So when finally the time came for me to take the glass to my lips, I decided to do a little research of my own.


Basically, single malt whiskey means nothing other than a whiskey produced in a single distillery, not to be confused with a single batch or single barrel one.


Having said that, the universal favorite Single Malt definitely has to be Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve Single Malt. I simply am in love with this beauty. It surely isn’t easy on your pocket but oh well, what is life worth if you can’t sip on some class whiskey once in a while!


Second has to be Paul John Brilliance Single Malt closely followed by either Aberfeldy 12 YO Single Malt or an Old pulteney 12 YO!


Whisky is my first choice that whenever I used to visit any events and parties with friends. The shocking truth is, I was the one who avoided whisky for so long time. Unfortunately, the myth about whisky which affects health breaks my rule. Yes, with the help of one of my friends started to consume the brand called Full strength. It was really given me a strange feel while drinking that brand for the first time. Somehow, I compromised myself and started to consume every time because of its different flavours. From that day, whisky becomes my next part of life.

Single malt Scotch whisky is one of the most revered spirits in the world. It has such scope for variation; it can offer complexity or simplicity, unbridled power or a subtle whisper. To legally be called a single malt Scotch, the whisky must be distilled at a single distillery in Scotland, in a copper pot still from nothing other than malted barley, yeast and water. It must then be aged in an oak cask for at least three years and a day, and be bottled at no less than 40% v/v. One needs to understand that the basis for being called Single malt relies in being produced in a single distillery and not because it uses the same batch of malted barley as the batches can actually vary within the same distillery.

There are regional variations within Scotland, and terror and geography play a massive part in the character of the whisky. In the Scotch single malt, it is the oak barrel that has the largest effect upon the character of the finished spirit, purported to be at least 60% of the final flavor.


Malt whiskey is the ‘Original’ whiskey of Scotland. The single malt scotch must have been distilled at a single distillery and made up from malted barley in two copper pot stills.

Malted indicates that the whiskey is distilled from malted grain. Just so you know, Single malts are not blended with different malts are made in just one distillery and that gives it the name Single Malt.


More than ‘ONE BILLION’ bottles of scotch are exported every year and no wonder that Whisky distillation is the second largest business for the scots. France is the biggest market of them all. Currently there are around 90 operating malt whiskey distilleries in Scotland. The first single malt whiskey to be marketed outside Scotland was by Glen in 1963 and then the unique tastes of single malt spread all over Europe and finally fixed a grip all over the world. The fruitiness of Single Malts whiskies can be both sharp and mellow, like lemon peel or autumn berries.

It is interesting to note that historical evidence points to the production of single malt whisky in Scotland and Ireland, way back in the 15th century. Of course, the production of single malts was not commercialized at that time, but the method used was basically the same, as is used now. It is also important to note that not all single malts are created equal. Different countries utilize different definitions of what single malt is and have other rules, which make the taste of single malt whisky differ. For example, single malts produced in Canada are allowed to use additional flavors to enhance the taste. In comparison, American single malts are not allowed to use additives. 

Single malt whiskey is crystal clear when poured into a glass, so much so that

you could actually see through it. This golden liquid is produced from malted

barley and not rye. I have tasted the single malt many a times with my friends,

and every time, it went down my throat smoothly. It tastes soothingly unique

and is the avant garde produce of Scotland, where you find one of the rarest

of malts ever made on this earth. Having single malts is like owning a

prestigious ruby that is never denied in rarity. I was enamored with it like being

in the company of a trusted friend.

The name is regularly used for Scotch which makes Single malts a common misnomer. Single malt is the title given to any whisky which was distilled in the same distillery and is not a blend of different whiskies.


A single malt in Europe, more specifically in Scotland and Ireland, is called whisky after it has been aged in Oak casks or barrels for a period of exactly three years and a day. The aging process in the US is different and the time frame is usually less than 3 years. The difference in the tastes of Irish or Scottish or American whiskies is because of many reasons which include


The casks used in the aging process - varying from charred to non-charred to maple charred, used, unused and the likes

The weather and the temperature but most importantly

The Grain used: Malted barley, rye, corn and the likes


Single malts have ruled the commercial markets for tie immemorial and today are used more for blending the lower quality distills to improve their quality thus creating a bigger market for whiskey all over.

Single malt Scotch is single malt whisky made in Scotland. To qualify as a single malt scotch, the whisky must have been distilled at a single distillery using a pot still distillation process and made from a mash of malted grain. In Scotland, the only grain that is allowed to be used in a single malt whisky is barley. As with any Scotch whisky, a single malt Scotch must be distilled in Scotland and matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years, and one day. Several grains can be malted (for example, barley, rye and wheat); however, in the case of single malt Scotch, barley is always the only grain used.

The biggest myth is that Single malts are not blended. In fact, nearly all the single malts are blended. The primary reason for this confusion exists because of the use of the word 'single.' The only reason why Single malts are named so is that they are the product of a 'Single Distillery.' It is also assumed that Single malts are made up of only barley, but many a time a cereal or two is mixed along with barley. They are among the smoothest of whiskeys available. Some prominent single malts are Glenfiddich 12 to 50-year-old, Glen Grant 10-year-old, Glenmorangie, Dalmore, and Laphroaig.

Single malt whisky is malt whisky from a single distillery and to avoid any confusion further; it is

whisky distilled from a fermented mash made exclusively with a malted grain (usually barley). As most

people would tell you, Single malts are typically associated with single malt Scotch, and so it is

assumed that it must be made in Scotland, but Single malts are made all across the world now.

Traditionally, Single malts, once distilled are aged in oak casks for a time frame of three years and

one day to officially call it whisky. The difference in tastes of Single malts from Scotland and those

from the US vary typically because of the fact that those coming from the US do not use malted barley

but rely on malted Rye or Corn and even employ a different type of oak ageing process.

Historically, single malt whisky is associated with Scotland, although there are also Irish and other

single malts.

A single malt whiskey is NOT the product of a single barrel or cask. This is a common misconception! It is the product of a single distillery. The distillery will blend its whiskeys of various ages to produce a whiskey for the market. The age statement on the bottle will be that if the youngest whiskey in the blend (not the majority whiskey). So your 12-year- old Highland Park might well contain a small amount of their 18 and 25-year- old iterations. The 25 might well contain a 30 or 40-year- old whiskey.

Created from malted barley, Single malt is the spirit of the Scotts. Since it is

manufactured in one distillery, it is given the name - single malt scotch. It also has to be

aged in oak casks for a minimum of three years and is bottled at a minimum alcohol by

volume of 40%.

For malt whisky, the choice of cereal would be barley.

You can find a huge selection of single malt scotches, starting from 40 dollars or maybe

even less. They have different flavours and aromas; some are fruity while others are

smoky. Choose what you like! I personally prefer 15 to 20 years old Single Malts as

older scotches taste better, although, they tend to be a bit expensive.

The biggest myth is that Single malts are not blended. In fact, nearly all the single malts

are blended. The primary reason for this confusion exists because of the use of the word 'single.' The only

reason why Single malts are named so is that they are the product of a 'Single Distillery.' It is also

assumed that Single malts are made up of only barley, but many a time a cereal or two is mixed along

with barley. They are among the smoothest of whiskeys available. Some prominent single malts are

Glenfiddich 12 to 50-year- old, Glen Grant 10-year- old, Glenmorangie, Dalmore, and Laphroaig.

These are among the costliest of whiskeys as they are made from just one distillery and haven’t

been blended with any other product. Single Malts are made in traditional copper pot stills,

which can produce just one batch at a time unlike other stills, which run continuously. Lastly,

Single Malts are aged for years, some up to 50 years or more, before they are bottled. All of that

makes Single Malt Scotches rarer, more difficult, time-consuming, and expensive to make, and

therefore, more costly to buy. Glenmorangie makes a wide range of Single Malts, but a good

introduction is the 10 years old-subtle and sweet with just a hint of mineral and peat. A close

second for me is the collection of single malts coming from Glenmorangie’s neighbor, The


I am an occasional drinker, and so I am very selective when it comes to choosing a brand for an

occasion. Single malts w my heart from the moment I started drinking whiskey. Few moments shared with

loved ones are more precious than money, so I choose quality over quantity. That’s the reason I like rare

single malts