The Classic Malts Collection
The Classic Malts are a selection of Single Scotch Whiskies from across the regions of Scotland. Each has been selected to represent the differing tastes and characteristics of Single Malt Whiskies. They include: Caol Ila, Cardhu, Clynelish, Cragganmore, Dalwhinnie, Glen Elgin, Glenkinchie, Knockando, Lagavulin, Oban, Royal Lochnagar, Talisker, The Singleton.
Caol Ila is the Gaelic name for the Sound of Islay, which separates the island from Jura in one of the most remote and beautiful parts of Scotland’s West Coast. The distillery was founded in 1846 and is situated on the shores of the Sound, a spot originally chosen partly because of the clean water from Loch Nam Ban which still provides its main supply.
Cardhu Single Malt Scotch Whisky- The malt whisky produced at the Cardhu distillery has a warmth and cleanliness of taste – often described as silky. Cardhu Single Malt is Diageo’s largest selling Single Malt Whisky and was also the first to be widely sold and marketed.
Clynelish Single Malt Scotch Whisky- You can almost taste the sea air in Clynelish, with its crisp, medium-bodied, mustard-fresh style. When the original distillery was built in 1819 by the future Duke of Sutherland, the quality of Clynelish Single Malt Scotch Whisky was so prized that only private customers were supplied.
Cragganmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky- Sweet floral fragrances with a firm body and malty taste, a long finish with delicate aromas and light smoke. Cragganmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky is known as ‘the most complex aroma of any malt – astonishingly fresh and delicate’.
Dalwhinnie Single Malt Scotch Whisky- A crisp, dry aromatic nose, then soft flavours of heather, honey-sweetness, malt and citrus-fruits lead to a lingering, sweet finish and finally more smoke, peat and malt. Dalwhinnie is one of the highest operating distilleries in Scotland.
Glen Elgin Single Malt Scotch Whisky- As a Speyside malt, its style is smooth mellow and sweetly honeyed. Glen Elgin was for years most often tasted in the Blended Scotch Whisky, White Horse. Today, once again, it is available as a splendid single malt.
Glenkinchie Single Malt Scotch Whisky- A light, sweet nose with fresh, slightly sweet flavours of grass, fruits and malt giving way to an intense smoky-dry, spice-filled finish. Glenkinchie is Diageo’s only producing lowland distillery.
Knockando Single Malt Scotch Whisky- Knockando is a subtle, fruity Single Malt Scotch Whisky which bears all the hall marks of the finest Speyside malts. The pale, golden colour of Knockando Single Malt Scotch Whisky is entirely natural. It is derived solely from the casks in which it has matured. No colouring is ever added – it is for this reason that the depth of the colour in successive bottlings may vary.
Lagavulin Single Malt Scotch Whisky- A powerful, peat-smoke nose with seaweed and some sweetness, salty and sweet flavours with hints of wood and a long peaty-salt finish. Here, in the still mainly Gaelic speaking community around Port Ellen, on the island’s south eastern shores, twelve men today craft pungent, dark Lagavulin, made on this historic site at least since 1816.
Oban Single Malt Scotch Whisky, established in 1794- A sweet peat and fruity nose with a spicy mouth-filling sweetness and a long drying finish with smoke and some salt.
Royal Lochnagar Single Malt Scotch Whisky- This fragrant Highland single malt has a delightful balance of fruit and spices. Royal Lochnagar Distillery, just a mile or so along the banks of the River Dee from Balmoral Castle in the East Highlands, earned its royal warrant in 1848.
Singleton of Dufftown- Produced in traditional way at the Dufftown distillery on Speyside, using a longer fermentation and a slower distillation regime to produce a high quality spirit. The 12 year old single malt is matured in a high proportion of European oak casks to give it a smoother, richer flavour.
Singleton of Glendullan- Smooth, Sweet richly fruity and rounded; just the right balance of complexity with plenty of rich, sweet flavour and a clean finish. 1902 the Glendullan single malt was supplied by royal request to King Edward VII.
The Singleton- ‘Smooth and rounded… as good an example of this style as I have ever tasted’ Charlie Maclean, author of Malt Whisky and leading whisky writer. Local barley is still malted and carefully dried at the distillery. The distillery is the only one in Scotland malting its own barley using its own on-site Saladin and drum maltings.
Talisker Single Malt Scotch Whisky- A pungent peat and sea-salt nose, a smoky sweetness with malt-flavours and developing warmth with a huge peppery finish. Talisker distillery’s process water is drawn from twenty-one underground springs that rise from Hawk Hill (Cnoc nan Speirag) beside the distillery. These same springs have fed the Talisker distillery from the beginning. As its name suggests, the hill is home to birds of prey, usually including Peregrines.
The Classic Malts Collection is part of the boutique division of luxury spirit brands The Reserve Brands Group of Diageo. The group includes the multi-award winning portfolio of Johnnie Walker, Ketel One vodka, Ron Zacapa rum, Don Julio tequila, Cîroc vodka, Tanqueray London Dry gin, Tanqueray No. Ten gin and The Classic Malts Selection.