Single Malt

People frequently ask, "What is single malt whisky?"

Single malt whisky is whisky that has been made from barley (almost always), water and yeast. In single malt whisky only One Grain is used, therefore word single can be used to describe the malt whisky. Contrary to popular belief, there is no right or wrong way to enjoy a Single Malt Scotch Whisky. What’s important is that you enjoy the experience. However, there are certainly some ways that are better than others if you want to truly appreciate the flavours and aromas in a Single Malt.

Join us as we explore the different ways you might want to enjoy your favourite Classic Malt.

Neat, with ice, water or even a mixer - what’s the best way to enjoy your Classic Malts?

Our advice is to try each of the different routes until you find the one that best suits your tastes. Your preferences may also change depending on the Classic Malt you’re drinking, the people you’re with, or even the occasion.

Whatever you do, start by tasting a Single Malt neat or straight. You may find you never need to try it any other way.


Adding water to any single malt changes the composition of the spirit and unlocks more flavours and aromas.

Ideally, the water added would be the same as that used by the distillery to make the whisky. But that’s not easy to get, especially if you enjoy your single malt outside of Scotland. The best bet is to add still Scottish spring water, or soft tap water without too many added chemicals. The key is to add a little water at a time, taking it slowly until you find the balance to suit your tastes.


Adding soda, ginger ale or lemonade to your whisky, or any type of mixer, can bring a fresh approach to the enjoyment of a Single Malt. You may even have seen Single Malt Scotch Whiskies used in cocktails. However, you may find that Blended Scotch Whiskies, such as Johnnie Walker Red Label, are much better suited to this.

Classic Malts can make perfect aperitif.

Those whiskies with lighter, more delicate tastes and aromas such as fresh cut grass and fresh fruits can deliver a refreshing pre-dinner drink, cleansing your palate before you eat. As an unusual twist, but one that is growing in popularity, you may even want to consider chilling the whisky prior to serving. This is particularly enjoyable with Glenkinchie 12 Year Old.

Mentioned here are the Scotch Whiskies with their subtle flavours.


  • Glenkinchie
  • Knockando


  • Cardhu
  • Clynelish
  • Cragganmore
  • Dalwhinnie
  • Glen Elgin
  • Oban
  • Royal Lochnagar


  • The Singleton of Dufftown


  • Caol Ila
  • Lagavulin
  • Talisker

  • The top 10 single-malt scotch whiskies

    Scotch drinkers enjoy simple pleasures. Sure, you can make a fantastic Scotch cocktail, but most Scotch drinkers want to enjoy the smoky flavor unadorned except perhaps for ice, water or a splash of soda. Instead of trying to find the best mixers, Scotch drinkers are trying to find the top distilleries in Scottish towns from the Highlands to the Lowlands that produce the best Single Malt Scotch.

  • Springbank 10 Year Old 100 Proof
  • Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old
  • The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old
  • Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old
  • Highland Park 18 Year Old
  • The Macallan Cask Strength
  • Scapa 16 Year Old the Orcadian
  • Glenkinchie 1991 Distillers Edition
  • Lagavulin 12 Year Old Cask Strength
  • Glenmorangie 18 Years Old "Extremely Rare"

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