What Makes Good Scotch Single Malts?
With so many nuanced flavors, it can be a bit confusing as to what sort of characteristics you can find in single malt brands. Let’s review some of the regions producing Scotch single malts and what you can expect out of the flavor.
The Lowlands of Scotland lean more towards the softer, lighter side of the Scotch spectrum. They could smell more of grass and have very subtle aromas depending on the distillery. A few examples include Glenkinchie and Auchentoshan.
The Highlands of Scotland encompass a large area of the country, and as such the flavor spectrum runs the gamut. Whiskies could be sweet or have more of a bite. They could also be smokier in flavor or taste more of peat. Glenmorangie and Talisker are a few examples.
Islay produces very malty, smoky, peaty Scotches. Laphroaig and Ardbeg are examples, and Islay Scotches are considered some of the strongest available.
From Speyside are Scotches with sweet, fruity flavors and aromas. Glenfiddich and Glenlivet are some examples, and Speyside Scotch should be considered for the drinker with a delicate palate.
The Campbeltown Scotches are very limited, but are still producing quality spirits from the middle to the full end of the taste spectrum. Springbank offers a great representation of this town’s Scotch and has a slightly salted flavor to it.
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