About Single Malt Whisky

About Single Malt Whisky
Single malt whisky is a whisky made from a fermented mash consisting entirely of malted barley and produced exclusively at a single distillery. Single malts can be produced in various countries, each with their own specific regulations.

Top Picks for Single Malt Whisky

Kavalan Solist ex-Bourbon Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
97 points
$159.99
Gold color. Aromas of circus peanuts, banana-pistachio gelato, pound cake, and smoked honey butter with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long white peach, rose tea, saffron, and coconut cream finish. A powerful, highly nuanced whisky that is a pleasure to discover.
97 points $159.99
Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
96 points
$199.99
Dark amber color. Aromas of roasted pineapple, caramel, pecan praline, wine-poached pear, and chocolate coated malted milk ball with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long candied peanuts, vanilla bean, dried mango, and baked dates finish. A tropical and caramelly rum drinkers’ whisky.
96 points $199.99
Copperworks Distilling Company American Single Malt Whiskey
96 points
$59.99
Bright golden amber color. Smoky aromas of sea salt, olive oil, flamed orange peel, douglas fir, singed quassia, leather, and raisins in honey with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long dried mint, lavender, rosemary, thyme, green peppercorn, and eucalyptus finish. A vividly spicy and herbal American Single Malt with world-class depth and balance; a very memorable dram.
Awards: 2018 Best American Single Malt Whiskey
96 points $59.99
Kavalan Solist Port Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
95 points
$299.99
Dark mahogany color. Aromas of leather, Serrano ham, cola, cappuccino, toffee coated nuts, custard, and rum-raisin with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a silky, involved, medium-long sea salted dark chocolate, fruity olives, sesame oil, and licorice finish. Heavy port influence imparts this whisky with deep, savory character unlocked with each sip.
95 points $299.99
Kavalan Podium Single Malt Whisky
94 points
$119.99
Gold color. Aromas of key lime, floral honey, cinnamon, allspice, and ginger-turmeric tea with a round, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, elaborate, very long red apple, exotic peppercorns, tamarind and starfruit chutney, ginger, marmite, and digestive biscuit finish. Complexity abounds in this superbly balanced single malt that combines notes of tropical fruit, spice, biscuit and umami-rich flavors into a work of palatal art; mouthwatering.
94 points $119.99
Kavalan ex-Bourbon Oak Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$124.99
Gold color. Aromas of speculoos cookie butter, spiced marmalade, gingersnap cookies, and lily with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long salted toffee, fine tea, sultanas, dried rose, apricot chutney, Proscuitto, and smoked tonka bean finish. A deliciously complex and welcoming whisky with a unique spicy pop on the mid palate; lengthy and wide-appealing.
93 points $124.99
Kavalan Oloroso Sherry Oak Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$149.99
Dark mahogany color. Aromas of sun dried dates, coffee toffee, candied raisin, molasses, rosemary, and olives with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, captivating, medium-length prunes, sweet tobacco, cacao nibs, candied nuts, salted caramel, and graham cracker finish. A fruity single malt with intense notes of sherry; Spanish brandy lovers may find this a fascinating single malt.
93 points $149.99
Kavalan Solist Fino Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$469.99
Amber color. Aromas of sticky date pudding, tropical fruit pastry, rum cake, crystalized orange peel, and mesquite with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long black pepper, allspice, smoked chocolate, licorice, and sage finish. A concentrated, mouthfilling single malt that engages the senses with every waft and drop.
93 points $469.99
Hillrock Estate Distillery Single Malt Whiskey
93 points
$100
Clear dark amber color. Smoky aromas of smoking rosewood, sandalwood and crisp apple, wild cherry and ripe melon, and horse saddle with a supple, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long cigar, charred vanilla bean, rackhouse, and baking spices finish. A deep-woods, smoky American Single Malt for sipping in a leather chair.
Awards: 2017 Best American Single Malt Whiskey
Cotswolds Founders Choice Single Malt Whisky
92 points
$79.99
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate coated toffee, sandalwood, raisins, honey-roasted nuts, and tobacco with a chewy, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a long finish manifesting accents of olives, parmesan, rooibos tea, and leather finish. An oaky, spicy single malt with flashy notes of dried fruit, nuts, and leather.
92 points $79.99