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What makes a "single malt", anyway? 
2nd-Mar-2012 01:14 am
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Has anybody seen this? A friend of mine just pointed out to me that there's an auction of sorts for a very rare bottle of Dalmore, described as "The Ultimate Single Malt" and apparently made from three rare old Dalmore whiskies, distilled in 1964, 1951 and 1926 (the last one bottled at an age of 52 years).

It's an interesting idea. At the same time, it got me thinking: is this actually a single malt?

The "traditional" definition of "single malt", as far as I can tell, is "100% malt whisky, all from the same distillery". But there are other definitions floating about, too, including "whisky made from a single malting: a single batch of malted barley". Said batch might still be used for more than one still run, and no matter how many still runs there are, the individual casks that result may still be "married"; but combining different whiskies the way that is being done here would be out.

Thoughts? :)
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2nd-Mar-2012 12:26 am (UTC)
And when you click... "Only bids of £50,000 or more will be accepted..." Erk.
2nd-Mar-2012 12:28 am (UTC)
Wow, really? I'll admit I didn't even bother clicking. :) That's insane, although I suppose it's capitalism in action.
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