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Whisky


Whisky is a great industry in Scotland. Whisky is an great pleasure in the rest of the world. The industry produces millions of litres every year, and the whisky lover has to make great efforts to find some great single malts at the retailer or in the supermarket. Some retailers have very beautiful bottles, but Single Malt is expensive, and if you do not really know about is, you'll hesitate before buying a good bottle...

First of all, it is important to know that there are two kinds of whisky on the market. The first one, called blended whisky is the far most popular one. The best known brands are J&B, Johnnie Walker, Famous Grouse, Chivas Regal, Dimple, and others. A blended whisky is a mix of malts from several different distilleries and grain whisky. The proportion of grain whisky is important to determine the quality of the final product. The advantage of blend whisky is that it's quality is constant over the years. This is the art of blenders. Just like Cognac, which is also a blended spirit. Lovers of blend whisky use to say that the result is superior to the sum of the components.

Single malt is the direct result of distillation of malted barley. A single malt is produced by one distillery, although it is possible the bottle contains whisky from different barrels, even from different distillation years. This is done to maintain a certain constance in the taste over the years. Sometimes whisky is sold as "single cask", which means that the whisky has matured in the same cask, without mixing casks.

This site is devoted to single malt exclusively.

About 750 bottles are described here. Most of them have tasting notes. My own tasting notes are certainly not professional ones, and just commit myself. They are often very different from professional ones. Specialized tasting notes are also on this site. They are coming from the web. The quotations is always from myself, and commits only myself. They are influenced by the mood I was in when I tasted the whisky, and they might change next time I'll taste it again. They are just the translation of the pleasure I had drinking it.

Bottlings are sorted by distillery. To see the descriptions and the pictures of the bottles, you need first to select the distillery. The corresponding bottles are described on the distillery page.

Information about bottlings from independent bottlers are also available from the page dedicated to that particular bottler.


History

Timeline

Some information about the history of whisky in Scotland is available on the site too. It isn't an exhaustive history course, but gives some information on how the present distilleries were born, and why whisky has been so successful during last century. Besides this information, there is also a page where the birth of the distilleries is replaced in its historical context.

Making whisky

A simple explanation about the way single malt is produced. From the basic ingredients to the maturation in oak casks.

Production areas

Just like for great wines, the production area has a very great influence on the taste of whisky. For instance, proximity of the sea, the (historic) presence of coal mines in the area (when no coal was available, peat was used...), the climate, etc... have a direct influence on the taste.

Art of drinking

Pleasure of drinking whisky depends also from the way the tasting is done. Using some techniques can increase the pleasure very much. To have some pleasure from drinking whisky, you do not need to drink a lot of it... Probably you'll have greater pleasure by drinking less, but better.

Glossary

A short explanation of some of the terms used in the world of whisky.

Quality/price

A comparative table of all the bottles which were already tasted and quoted. This table contains the quotation of the individual bottles, but also the result of a formula, giving the quality-price ratio.

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Whisky is an alcoholic drink. Let's prefer quality to quantity as the abuse of alcohol beverages can damage the health. Consuming alcoholic drinks during pregnancy, even in small quantities, can seriously affect the health of the child. Consumption of alcohol impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery, and may cause health problems.

This site does not collect any private data from it's visitors. Is is purely static.

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The whisky

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WDTS: blind tasting sessions List of all distilleries How whisky is made Central Highlands, Eastern Highlands, Northern Highlands,Western Highlands
Recent tastings Distillery owners Whisky history Speyside
Visitors notes The independent bottlers All the bottles in collection Lowlands
Post your own notes The distilleries in their historical context By order of preference Islay
Interactive map of the distilleries By order of value for money Campbeltown
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