DUTY ZERO by cdf Presents:Whisky Debate - Single Malt vs. Blended Malt

DUTY ZERO by cdf Presents:Whisky Debate - Single Malt vs. Blended Malt
DUTY ZERO by cdf Presents:Whisky Debate - Single Malt vs. Blended Malt

Scotland is widely regarded as one of the greatest whisky-producing regions in the world for good reason. Centuries of history, along with dedication to the craft of distillation, have created a culture of whisky production that brings an overwhelming diversity and richness of flavour.


There are actually five Scotch whisky categories, each with either single or blended in its title. But each of them is mutually exclusive so that a particular whisky can only be classified one way. On the surface it is easier to differentiate from the main classifications – two styles that define the majority of Scotch whisky production - single malt and blended malt. Within both styles are some of the most sought-after spirits in the world. Though both types of whisky share similar attributes, the paths taken to create single malt and blended whiskies are quite distinct.



【Single Malt Whisky】

Single malt whisky is made in from malted barley as its only grain. Also, it must be produced at a single distillery using batch distillation via pot stills. All single malt must be pot distilled and only come from one place. The shape and size of pot stills serve as the key drivers of flavour and differentiation for one distillery versus another. From bulbous and stout to tall and narrow, pot stills are hugely variable showing the unique style of different distillers.

       -          The Balvenie The Week of Peat 19YO Single Malt Whisky 700ml


The Balvenie Story Series 19YO Peat Week has been matured in three different types of oak casks, including first- and second-time bourbon casks and Oloroso Sherry casks. It is a special whisky that embodies the signature flavors of honey and vanilla, characteristic of The Balvenie, with an additional subtle smoky note.

       -          The Glenfiddich VAT 04 18YO Single Malt Whisky 700ml


The "Perpetual Collection" is a unique whisky that undergoes 18 years of maturation in both sherry casks and bourbon casks, followed by a combination and continuous transformation in Solera 4 casks. This method ensures that the final cask is constantly topped up, blending the flavours of new and old whisky to deliver a deep, rich aroma of robust oak, ripe orchard fruit and baked apple.

       -          Bowmore 18YO Single Malt Whisky 700ml


Cosseted away in the finest, hand-selected oak casks and allowed to mature at its own sedate pace, this is one of the most remarkable, perfectly balanced single malt scotch whiskies of its kind. It is also one of the rarest whiskies produced by the distillery. With aromas of creamy toffee, ripe fruits, and hints of smoke, it offers a harmonious blend of fruity and chocolatey flavors, leaving a long and delightful finish.



【Blended Malt Whisky】

Although single malt is often considered the most sought-after style of Scotch whisky, the most widely produced, exported, and consumed Scotch whiskies are blended. Blended malt whisky is made from a combination of two or more single malt whiskies. It can also incorporate whiskies from different distilleries, resulting in a more complex and rich flavour profile.

       -          Johnnie Walker Blue Label Xordinaire Blended Scotch Whisky 1L


Johnnie Walker Blue Label Xordinaire is an example of one such rare find in travel retail. The whisky is finished in former French XO Cognac casks – hence the name Xordinaire – which provides a smoothness and sweetness. The rarity of this singular liquor starts from its inception: only one in 10,000 casks is considered for use in the blend.

       -          Dewar’s Double Double 20YO Blended Scotch Whisky 500ml


This limited edition “Double Double” range was created using the unique four-stage ageing process pioneered by the phenomenal Master Blender, Stephanie MacLeod. It reveals subtle aromas of cinnamon and ripe grapefruit, with a silky smooth finish and has achieved great success in the world of whisky.

       -          Chivas Regal 18YO Blended Scotch Whisky 1L


This is a richly indulgent blended Scotch whisky. The Chivas Regal 18YO Blended Scotch Whisky was personally created by Master Blender Colin Scott, including over 20 single malts from around Scotland. A velvety, dark chocolate palate yields to elegant floral notes and a wisp of sweet, mellow smokiness.


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