Single Malt Season

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January 18, 2018 4:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Wash away those winter woes with a wee dram of whisky, and when it comes to whisky nothing beats Scottish single malt – distilled entirely from locally grown barley and rested in oak barrels before eventually being bottled. Any age stated on the bottle will indicate the youngest whisky involved, and there is a significant sliding scale in price the older the whisky is. Now, welcome to the world of the non-age statement whisky! Required by law to be at least 3 years old, non-age statement whisky doesn’t carry the same expectations or price as, say, 15 year-old whisky. Instead, a distiller gets to decide when there is enough character involved, and blend older whisky to create a youthful and flavorful whisky. Highland Park (Orkney Island) achieves this in their Magnus – coming in at $37.95 – displaying qualities of higher end Highland park whiskies at a fraction of the price. Just a whisper of peaty smoke to round out some robust fruit notes and a signature sea breeze quality makes this a divine choice, setting a new bar for ‘entry level’.

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