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Single malt whisky is whisky distilled at a single distillery from water and malted barley but without the addition of any other cereals, and by batch distillation in pot stills.
The traditional production zones for single malt whisky are Scotland and Ireland, although Canada and Japan also produce good examples. The most famous whisky regions for single malt production are Islay and the Scottish Highlands.
The Highlands is by far the largest whisky-producing region in Scotland. The region, as defined by the Scotch Whisky Association, covers all the land north of an imaginary line running between the estuaries of the rivers Clyde and Tay. The vast size of the area makes it almost impossible to generalize about the style of whisky made here, which ranges from powerful and rich in the north and west to lighter and more delicate in the south and east.
The topography of the Highlands is vastly different from that of southern Scotland, being far more rugged, hilly and remote and, as such, more historically suited to the production of whisky. When excise taxes were introduced in the 17th Century for whisky distillation, producers began to make whisky illegally, and building distilleries in t ... more
Scotland is known for whisky rather than wine; the climate is too cold and wet to allow grapes to ripen sufficiently for the production of wine. Whisky has been made in Scotland for several hundred years and the question of whether it came to Scotland from Ireland or vice versa is a much-debated topic.... more
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