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!
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:
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.
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.
On the horizontal axis Whiskies are plotted as how light or how rich they are:
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.
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
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Blended Whiskies are the result of years of craftsmanship and dedication. A master blender does not simply wake up one day with a profound ability to create a cohesive and enjoyable liquid. From nosing the liquid to working out quantities of each different grain and malt to go into the blend, a master blender can take years, if not decades, to train.
90% of all Scotch Whiskies sold are Blends.
The new Wolfburn stands next to the Wolf Burn stream. But an original Wolfburn, located 350 miles away, was once a behemoth of the 1800's, cranking out 125,000 liters per year according to tax documents from the era.
First-class Whiskies are taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
Scotland is home to more than 20 million casks of maturing Whisky. That’s four for every person living there. Nuts!
Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.