Join us as we tour the classic malts of Scotland! The range is a selection of six single malt whiskies each from their respective region of Scotland which include Dalwhinnie, Talisker, Cragganmore, Oban, Lagavulin, and Glenkinchie. These whiskies were banded together back in 1988 by United Distillers and Vintners which is now owned by Diageo.
The Classic Malts of Scotland Include
- Oban 14 Year from the West Highland
- Glenkinchie 12 Year from the LowLand
- Cragganmore 12 Year from the Speyside
- Talisker 10 Year from the Isle of Skye
- Dalwhinnie 15 Year from the Highland
- Lagavulin 16 Year from the Islay
Each of these whiskies contains the iconic characteristics you come to love from your favorite regions, from the sweetness of the Speyside’s, to the peat influences from the islands. Each scotch has it’s own story to tell as you pour your drams.
Although we all have our favorites, these are fantastic whiskies to have in your personal bar. Outside of your exclusive bourbon drinkers, you can be sure any whiskey lover will find a dram they love. This is a scotch flight doesn’t exactly break the bank either. With bottle prices ranging from $50 to $75 and being relatively easy to find in your local store and bar, this is a flight you can easily put together on a budget. We just don’t recommend drinking them all in one night like we did!
Now there is some discussion one what qualifies as an actual region of Scotland. We did find this on the Classic Malts of Scotland Wiki Page:
UDV’s regions differ from the more conventional categorisations of Highland (and subregion Island),Lowland, Speyside, Campbeltown, and Islay. The region of West Highland was created to separate between Oban and Dalwhinnie. Talisker is the only distillery on the Isle of Skye, which has never been a whisky region unto itself, but would be in the Island subregion; though this categorisation enabled UDV to include both Talisker and Lagavulin, strongly flavoured malts with strong followings. Campbeltown’s association with the distillation of whisky has greatly subsided over the years, leaving merely three working distilleries in the region, none owned by UDV. The Lowlands have fared little better with only four active distilleries until 2014 with the opening of the Annandale Distillery, of these only Glenkinchie is UDV owned.
Have you had any or all of the Classic Malts of Scotland? Which have you had and which are your favorites? Let us know in the comments!