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Single Malt Whisky

Whisky. The most popular spirit in the world. Enjoyed, collected and sampled by millions and the cornerstone of any bar. But, although you may enjoy it, so you really know much about it? In this article, we at Frootbat decided to dig a little deeper into where single malt whisky hails from, how it’s made and why it’s considered so very special.

Single malt whisky is considered to be the finest expression of the whisky family. With the highest price points and discussed enthusiastically by whisky connoisseurs, this is very special stuff indeed. So where does it actually come from?

Although single malt whisky can be made in any country in the world, its link to Scotland and its ‘Scotch’ remains extremely strong, with most distillers using the Scotch Whisky Regulations to produce the expression.

The History of Single Malt Whisky

Whisky is thought to have been originally brought over to Scotland from Ireland by monks six centuries ago. The first mention of the spirit has been traced back to the 1494 Exchequer Rolls that detail Friar John Cor making ‘aqua vitae’ (the Latin translation for water of life, which was widely used as the term for spirits) by order of the then king.

Soon after this, in 1505, the distillation of whisky was put into the hands of the barbers. An odd seeming choice, perhaps, but would have certainly made for an enjoyable haircut!

The following centuries, however, weren’t so kind to the early whisky fans. The various governments of Scotland started to tax the production of whisky, making it so expensive to produce that a black market of illegally produced Scotch began to emerge. The English Malt Tax of 1725 shut down much of Scotland’s whisky’ production and drove many Highlanders to bootlegging. Luckily, in 1823, Parliament passed an act making commercial distillation much more affordable again. It as a Mr. George Smith who was the first person to take out a license for a distillery under the new law, which began the 1824 official founding of the Glenlivet Distillery. Now one in 50 jobs in Scotland is supported by the whisky industry.

What Exactly is Single Malt Whisky?

With such a rich and controversial history, it may not surprise you to discover that single malt whisky still carries a bit of controversy with it today. By its very name, ‘single malt’ still creates a little confusion amongst spirit fans…

Many people assume that “single malt” refers to a single whisky from a single barrel.
This is actually not the case. What a “single malt” actually defines is a malt whisky, prepared in the traditional Scottish way, and produced by a single distillery.
So, a “single malt” (apart from some limited individual cask expressions) is actually produced by merging together dozens of individual barrels of whisky. As long as they follow the above guidelines, they still qualify as a single malt.

So, how is it made?

Single Malt whisky is made from the traditional Scottish distillation process. Local barley is taken and soaked in local spring water, left to germinate for around a week and then dried or ‘malted’ in large, peat-fired kilns. The peat used to fuel these kilns creates a lot of smoke, which infuses the grains leaving the traditional smokey, peaty flavour in the whisky.

The malt is then ground and soaked a number of times, turning the starch of the bark=ley into sugars. This sugar is then dissolved into hot water, creating a sweet liquid known as the ‘wort.’ Yeast is added and at last, fermentation begins. This is when the liquid turns in to what’s known as the ‘wash.’

Then comes the first, second and third distillation. As part of this process, gunpowder is added to a small part of the mixture. If it explodes, the mixture is too strong. What the distiller is looking for is a steady burning, known as the proof. Once perfect, this proof is placed into sherry casks for a number of years to produce delicious single malt whisky.

Single Malt Recommendations for Beginners

With so many single malts to choose from and enjoy, it’s hard to know where to start with your tasting journey into single malt whisky, so we thought we’d give you a helping hand with some famously smooth, flavoursome and excellent recommendations below.

Of course, once you have a taste for the aqua vitae, you can start to really enjoy exploring some of the rarer drams Frootbat has to offer. Enjoy your journey!
FROOTBAT HAS 514 Single Malt Whiskies AVAILABLE TO SHIP TO Australia
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The Yamazaki 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky
Suntory The Yamazaki 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky 700ml Bottle
$299.995 buying options
Select Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The Glenrothes Select Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$75.002 buying options
Hibiki 17 Year Old Blended Whisky
Suntory Hibiki 17 Year Old Blended Whisky 700ml Bottle
$849.007 buying options
16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Lagavulin 16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$109.9921 buying options
The Hakushu 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky
Suntory The Hakushu 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky 700ml Bottle
$299.0012 buying options
Coffey Malt Whisky
Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky 750ml Bottle
$140.001 buying option
Yoichi 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky
Nikka Yoichi 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky 700ml Bottle
$650.001 buying option
25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The Dalmore 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$1,499.902 buying options
21 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Aberfeldy 21 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$249.803 buying options
Hibiki 12 Year Old Blended Whisky
Suntory Hibiki 12 Year Old Blended Whisky 750ml Bottle
$595.002 buying options
The Hakushu Distillers Reserve Single Malt Whisky
Suntory The Hakushu Distillers Reserve Single Malt Whisky 700ml Bottle
$95.0022 buying options
13 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Glendalough 13 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$134.902 buying options
Forty 40 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The Balvenie Forty 40 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$5,495.001 buying option
Unique Solera Reserve 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Glenfiddich Unique Solera Reserve 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$89.991 buying option
10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Talisker 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$95.001 buying option
14 Year Old Single Mat Scotch Whisky
Clynelish 14 Year Old Single Mat Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$93.992 buying options
The Major's Reserve Single Malt Whisky
Glen Grant The Major's Reserve Single Malt Whisky 750ml Bottle
$49.991 buying option
Triple Wood Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Laphroaig Triple Wood Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$129.991 buying option
Gran Reserva 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The Macallan Gran Reserva 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$4,499.001 buying option
Almost There Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ardbeg Almost There Single Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$450.001 buying option
12 Year Old Caledonia Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Edradour 12 Year Old Caledonia Single Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$109.952 buying options
50 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Glenfiddich 50 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$44,000.003 buying options
The Nectar d'Or Sauternes Cask Extra Matured 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Glenmorangie The Nectar d'Or Sauternes Cask Extra Matured 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$115.001 buying option
Committee Reserve 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ardbeg Committee Reserve 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$950.002 buying options
Excellence 26 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Glenfiddich Excellence 26 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$679.991 buying option
The Original 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$80.002 buying options
Coffey Malt Whisky
Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky 700ml Bottle
$134.997 buying options
1824 Series M Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The Macallan 1824 Series M Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Decanter
$8,499.001 buying option
10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Talisker 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$79.9530 buying options
18 Year Old Sherry Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$699.003 buying options
Limited Edition 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Oban Limited Edition 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$350.001 buying option
Hibiki 30 Year Old Blended Whisky
Suntory Hibiki 30 Year Old Blended Whisky 700ml Bottle
$9,249.992 buying options
10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Bushmills 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$65.001 buying option
12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Aultmore 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$88.902 buying options
Revival Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Glenglassaugh Revival Single Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$79.957 buying options
14 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Oban 14 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$124.992 buying options
Solist ex-Bourbon Oak Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
Kavalan Solist ex-Bourbon Oak Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 700ml Bottle
$189.001 buying option
25 Year Old XXV Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old XXV Single Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$648.882 buying options
Limeburners Peated Single Malt Whisky
Great Southern Distillery Limeburners Peated Single Malt Whisky 700ml Bottle
$249.993 buying options
Still Young Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ardbeg Still Young Single Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$499.002 buying options
Yoichi Single Malt Japanese Whisky
Nikka Yoichi Single Malt Japanese Whisky 700ml Bottle
$199.001 buying option
Quarter Cask Double Cask Matured Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Laphroaig Quarter Cask Double Cask Matured Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$99.992 buying options
The Hakushu Bourbon Barrel Single Malt Whisky
Suntory The Hakushu Bourbon Barrel Single Malt Whisky 700ml Bottle
$1,365.001 buying option
Old Particular Deanston 20 Year Old Single Cask Single Malt Scotch
Douglas Laings Old Particular Deanston 20 Year Old Single Cask Single Malt Scotch 750ml Bottle
$325.001 buying option
228 Burgundy Finish Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Tullibardine 228 Burgundy Finish Single Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$89.991 buying option
15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Benromach 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$134.955 buying options
Skye Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Talisker Skye Single Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$66.0010 buying options
Darkest Sherry Cask Finished 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bowmore Darkest Sherry Cask Finished 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$88.901 buying option
30 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Glenfarclas 30 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$590.007 buying options
Islay Barley Rockside Farm Unpeated Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bruichladdich Islay Barley Rockside Farm Unpeated Single Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$109.992 buying options
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