According Wikipeadia “Single Malt Whisky” must be made exclusively from malted barley, must be distilled using pot stills at a single distillery, and must be aged for at least three years in oak casks of a capacity not exceeding 700 litres. With that said the A3sth3tic team set out to find some really good single malt whiskeys under R500.00 / $40.
THE SINGLETON 12 YO Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Produced in Speyside, Scotland this 12 year old single malt has waft of citrus sifts through the sweet fruit and hazelnuts on the nose while spicy blackcurrant slides effortlessly over the tongue.
GLENFIDDICH 12YO Special Reserve Single Malt Whisky
The Glenfiddich 12YO Special Reserve Single Malt needs no introduction and is enjoyed by more people around the world than any other single malt whisky and thats why its not our favourite whisky on the list however you cant deny quality. Glenfiddich 12YO is matured for at least 12 years in American and Spanish oak casks ensuring a whisky that develops complex, elegantly rounded flavours with notes of fresh pear and subtle oak.
THE GLENLIVET 12 YO Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The Glenlivet 12 YO Single Malt Scotch Whisky is one the most under-ratted whiskys on the list. It can be described as undeniably fruity with subtle hints of hazelnut, vanilla and even a bit of cream.
THREE SHIPS 10 YO Malt Whisky
This is our favourite whisky on the list not only because its proudly South African but also because its so damn good. We admit that it is priced a little over R500.00 and in some instance up to R600.00 but its still exceptional value for money. Three Ships is an easy-sipping light on the tongue with hints of sweetness and smokiness.
GLEN GRANT 10 YO Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
A little harder to find than its other Glen Grant siblings, The Glen Grant 10 YO Speyside Single Malt is can be characterised by familiar Glen Grant orchard fruits which linger in the mouth for a soft almond finish.