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Discussion: The Best Sherry Cask Single Malt Scotch for a Connoisseur to Relish

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World Whiskey Day

Well, friends, Whisky Day is coming soon. Just for the record, the third Saturday of every May is celebrated as World whiskey Day. Out of all the whiskeys produced all over the world, the pride of place goes to whiskey from Scotland often referred to as scotch. It is the most popular whiskey on earth. How popular it is can be gauged from the fact that 42 bottles of this premier whiskey are exported every second from Scotland. That is a lot of whiskeys exported and it brings in a lot of revenue. How much? The sales amount to $ 6 billion every year. These figures have been given by the Scotch Whisky Association.

Now let's understand, there are two types of scotch whiskeys in the market. Firstly, we have the blended scotch whiskey which is the mixture of grain and malt spirit and this is the one that sells the most. It has some very good blended whiskeys going around by the name of Chivas Regal, Black dog, and Black label.

There is another type of whiskey that is preferred by royalty, the elite, and the perfect gentleman. Such class of people is generally considered connoisseurs of whiskey and they will prefer aged spirit from malted barley distilled at a single location often referred to as single malt whiskey. It stands to reason that single malt whiskey is costly.

Single malt whiskey also has a separate class that distinguishes it from the average single malt whiskey. The more esteemed gentlemen in society will prefer what is known as the "sherried" malts. This is not a word heard very often. There is however a connection with Spain. We are all aware that fortified wines of South Western Spain are matured inside famous oak barrels and after years of storage , the barrels are opened and the wine bottled and retailed.

These barrels are imported by the manufacturers in Scotland and used for single malt whiskey and is often referred to as a "sherried" Malt. When the Scotch whiskey is allowed to mature in this particular type of barrel, it gives the whiskey a vibrant mahogany hue. It also gives the taste of dark fruits, rich and complex. Just for the record these sherry casks also called "butts" have a massive capacity of 500 L each.

One of the best whiskey coming out of this process is the Macallan. It is manufactured in Easter Elchies in Scotland. There are a number of variants of this whiskey and the costliest is the McAllen Rare Cask which is retailed at about $ 300 a bottle. The cheapest is the McAllen quest which in the duty-free shop in Dubai retails for $100.One can pick up the McAllen quest at the Mumbai duty-free shop at a bargain price of $70.


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The McAllen is indeed the king of whiskey. One look at the bottle and the decanter in which it is kept will enchant a connoisseur of the drink. It has the aroma of caramel, candied orange, and gives the flavor of Sultanas, dates and toasted walnuts.

The real beauty of sherried single malt is what happens after you sip it. It leaves a lingering taste and one can only crave for more.

In case a connoisseur wishes to explore the world of Sherries Single Malt whiskeys there is no better time than the coming World Whiskey Day. Let's have a look at some of them.

GlenDronach 15

To start with one of the rare Scotch is available in the market is the GlenDronach 15 revival. This was given the crown of the best whiskey in the world in this year's San Francisco World Spirits Competition. It takes 15 years to mature in Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso sherry casks from Andalusia Spain. It has its own distinctive taste and gives an aroma of honey, fig, and dark chocolate.

The Dalmore 18

This whiskey is a little different as it is not matured in the Spanish casks but aged for 14 years in American oak and then for another four years in Spanish Casks. In other words, it is matured for 18 years. The whiskey gives you an aroma of citrus fruit. pepper, and buttery toffee.

Highland Park Dark Origins

The single malt is produced along the northern edge of Scotland in a place called the Orkney Islands. This whiskey has its own flavor and once you start drinking it you will always be searching for it. Its flavor has a touch of peat smoke accompanied by cherry and chocolate tones. This is among the cheaper of the sherried single market whiskeys and lighter on the pocket but it doesn't compromise on taste and quality.

There are two more whiskeys which I will mention here which are the Bowmore 18 and the Aberlour A'Bunadh.These retail for around $ 110-150.There is also the Bowmore 18 which is distilled on Islay.

All these whiskeys in my opinion, however, cannot replace the Macallan.

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Last Word

One may well ask a question whether single malt whiskey is better than blended whiskeys. Generally, single malt whiskey is costly compared to blended whiskeys. Having said that blended whiskeys like Chivas Regal, Blue Label are equally costly as single malt whiskeys. There are many people who will prefer the taste of a blended whiskey to a single malt whiskey.I have attended many parties where the Elite have preferred only Chivas regal or Black Label. So it boils down to a personal taste but once you get hooked on something like the Macallan, you are not likely to drink any other whiskey.

Single malt is no longer the preserve of Scotland and it will not surprise people and the elite, drinkers of whiskey that there are some very good single malt whiskeys which have emerged from India and some of them have won awards in the international market. Notably the most famous is Amruts Fusion, Paul John, and Rampur from Uttar Pradesh.

Whiskey Day is around the corner but I wonder if I'll be able to throw a party or attend one with all this hula bula of the coronavirus. Given a chance, I would like to throw China into the South China Sea which they want to claim, so let all of them go and drown there and let me have my single malt.



MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on May 21, 2020:

Thank you Flourish, such a pleasure to read your comment.

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 20, 2020:

It’s clear that you are a connoisseur given the rich detail and enthusiasm you have for the subject matter. I cracked up at the last paragraph.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on May 18, 2020:

Thank you Ruby, I also like wine

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on May 18, 2020:

I don't drink whiskey, but I do enjoy a glass of red wine. Your article was an interesting read.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on May 18, 2020:

Thank you, RInita, for commenting. You could try a small peg and check the taste.

Rinita Sen on May 18, 2020:

I myself don't drink but love to read about the history and different origins of whiskey, especially scotch. Well written and informative article.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on May 17, 2020:

Pamela, thank you so much for reading and commenting

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on May 17, 2020:

Dear Neil Roser, so nice of you to have commented

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on May 17, 2020:

Thank you Liz, Scotch is my favorite, and Macallan my best choice. Nothing beats it and makes life worth living.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 17, 2020:

Most of these whiskeys are a bit out of my price range, but I enjoyed reading about them. Your article was very informative. I wish you could toss China into the sea.

Nell Rose from England on May 17, 2020:

I have no idea what whisky I used to drink. Some was nice, others not so nice. So this was a fascinating read, thanks!

Liz Westwood from UK on May 17, 2020:

I have learnt a lot about whisky from your article. Scotland owes a lot to its whisky industry. It contributes a lot to the economy.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on May 17, 2020:

Thank you Col, Yes the CSD is a bit conservative in the selection of brands.

Lt Col Avtar Singh on May 17, 2020:

Great selection but as a soldier I find all the whiskeys mentioned by you except for Amruts Fusion are not available in the military canteen. However, the blended ones like Chivas, black Dog, and Black labels are available.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on May 17, 2020:

Thank you Robin for your comment

Robin Singh on May 17, 2020:

Completely agree, once you get hooked on to Macallan you can never seem to get it off your lips

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