Flavours Of Scotch

Flavours Of Scotch

So many Single Malts and so little time
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  • raisin
  • chocolate
  • toasted oak
  • dried cherry
  • caramel
  • banana

So many Single Malts and so little time

So many Single Malts and so little time. 
 
We find Scotch Whisky to be something special, so we just had to make another tribute to these Single Malts. We made ourselves unavailable to the world and experimented for days in our lab-o-ratory to come out with this killer combination of malts and no hangover. 
 
Sometimes people find Whisky complicated, but it just needs to be explained in the right way. So we used "The Single Malt Whisky Flavor Map", a chart, actually, that helps you discover new Whiskies based on taste. The chart was developed by an independent Whisky expert Dave Broom, and it demonstrates that - when it comes to flavor profiles - all Single Malts can be plotted on a simple grid. 
 
It’s a great way to compare and classify Single Malts. This means you can identify how light or rich, and how smoky or delicate a Whisky is compared to ones you may already be familiar with. 
 
Now, put these 3 Scottish delights on your flavor map and immerse yourself in the combination of light-rich and delicate-smoky delicacy. 
 
Tasting is Believing!
Sláinte! 
 

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Using the Flavor Map / Chart 
 
This simple matrix allows us aficionados to easily explore and understand product differences between various labels. A person who likes delicate flavors can try the Wolfburn, others can go with something quite the opposite like the Kilchoman, that’s more smoky. 
 
On the vertical axis Whiskies are plotted as how smoky or how delicate they are:
 
1) Delicate: Floral, herbal, grassy freshness <-> Nutty, barley, biscuity subtleness:
The Whiskies at this end of the axis normally use no peat in the malting process. While movement up the axis sees an increase in complexity, this is without any discernible level of smokiness derived by peat. Towards the light end there is a floral, grassy freshness. Moving towards the richer side of the map, subtle nutty, barley and biscuity flavors start to come through.
 
2) Smoky: Medicinal, dry smoke pepperiness <-> Pungent smoky, peaty richness:
Single Malts found in the two smoky quadrants all contain discernible levels of peat, which is burned in the malting process. Ranging from scented smoke and bonfires, to kippers and lapsang souchong, they're epitomized by Island malts such as Kilchoman. 

Flavours of Scotch
 
On the horizontal axis Whiskies are plotted as how light or how rich they are: 
 
3) Light: Fresh fruit, citrus crispness <-> Leafy, stewed fruit ripeness:
This end of the vertical axis houses Whiskies whose characteristics exhibit fresh flavors: green grass, soft fruits, cereal. Such flavors tend to reflect the processes followed by a distillery, such as fermentation or size and shape of the stills. 
 
4) Rich: Dried fruit, sherry richness <-> Spiced, woody complexity:
Whiskies at the rich end of the axis contain characteristics often derived from the nature of the wood used during maturation. Typical flavors range from vanilla (given by American oak casks) to nuttiness to cigar box, chocolate and dried fruit (from European oak casks). Whether a cask is first fill or refill will make a difference to flavor.

 

What's in the box

  • 3 Scotches
  • smoky
  • raisin
  • dried fruit
  • malted barley
  • peaty
  • white pepper
  • white chocolate
  • vanilla
  • pineapple
Kilchoman Scotch
  • raisin
  • floral
  • spicy notes
  • melon
  • vanilla
  • dark chocolate
  • almonds
  • rancio
  • apple
Wolfburn Scotch
  • chocolate
  • toasted oak
  • dried cherry
  • caramel
  • banana
  • raisin
  • apricot
  • spicy
  • slightly sweet
Glen Moray Scotch
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Character Dogson
Fort George was the home of executions until 17th century.
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
Can Scotch go bad? Technically, an unopened bottle of Scotch can last forever. Air is the only true evil to Whisky; once the liquid is oxidized it is no longer immortal. After opening, as long as you store your Whisky in a cool, dry place, it will last another 5 years.
90% of all Scotch Whiskies sold are Blends.
Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).
The peatings of Kilchoman barley is around 20 to 25PPM.
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