Monday, January 17, 2011

Single malt vs. Blended Scotch

There are two basic types of scotch: single malt scotch whisky and blended scotch whisky. 

Only water and barley are used to make scotch whisky.  All scotch whisky must be aged in oak barrels for a minimum of three years.

Single Malt
Single malt whisky is a whisky made from only one type of malted grain, and is distilled at a single distillery.  Unlike certain wine, it stops maturing once it has been bottled.

Glenlivet: a popular single malt:

Blended Scotch
A combination of one or more single malts, blended together with one or more single grain whiskies to make blended scotch whisky.

Johnnie Walker Black Label, a great blended scotch and a nice introduction to the world of scotch:

Why is single malt generally regarded to be "better" than blended scotch? 
There are five main regions of distillations located in Scotland: namely Highland, Islay, Speyside, Lowland and Campbeltown.  Each region has its own distinctive taste to its single malts.  The joy for the scotch aficionados become discovering and identifying this unique taste of the geography. 


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  10. While I prefer singles, Gold label is by far my favorite. It's like drinking vanilla frosting. so good.

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  13. I think it is psychological, a brand compulsion. Ok it is also a definite physical difference too but as far as taste, not much imho. I personally don't find much difference between the single malt vs the blended scotch. And since its a brand thing the price difference is not rational. I'm satisfied with my blended and so is my wallet