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Malt Masterclass – ProWein Educational Campaign

A tasting of 6 single malts by Nikhil Agarwal at the ProWein Educational campaign. Guests were taken through the journey of the spirit as it ages and is influenced by different kinds of oak barrels in addition to providing interesting facts about single malt and its key characteristics.
Malts tasted were:
Bruichladdich Distillery The Classic Laddie, Islay, Scotland
Paul John Whisky Brilliance Goa, India
The Quiet Man – Irish Whiskey 8 YO, Derry, Ireland
Glen Grant 10 YO, Speyside, Scotland
The Glenlivet 15 YO, Speyside, Scotland
Aberlour Single Malt 16 YO, Speyside, Scotland 
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Glenfiddich 18 YO


Glenfiddich 18 YO: Truly exceptional single malt, the result not just of eighteen years of care and attention, but of whisky-making craft and knowledge passed down through the generations. Spanish Oloroso wood and American oak to mature this rich, intriguingly fruity and robust oak expression, but there are many more reasons why this expression is special.

Region: Speyside

Barrels: Oloroso wood and American Oak

Nose: Aromas of grapefruit, baked apples, hints of chocolate and cinnamon.

Palate: On the Palate notes of dried apricot, cinnamon, toffee, ginger and dry Sherry.

Finish: Medium finish with touch of salted toffee.

Balvenie Doublewood 17 YO


The Balvenie Doublewood 17 YO is consecutively matured in two different types of cask, a process often referred to as ‘cask finishing’. This technique is at the heart of The Balvenie DoubleWood – it sees the whisky matured first in American oak barrels, which impart soft sweet vanilla notes, before being transferred to European oak sherry casks, where the second cask ageing adds rich spicy flavours and a depth and fullness of flavour

Region: Speyside

Barrel: American Oak, European Oak.

Nose: It is elegant and complex with vanilla, honeye and a hint of green apple aromas.

Taste: On the palate it is sweet with dried fruits, sherbet spice, toasted almonds and cinnamon, layered with a richness of creamy toffee notes and traces of oak and deep vanilla.

Finish: The finish has flavours of vanilla oak, honey and spicy sweetness.

Monkey Shoulder


Monkey Shoulder: The term “Monkey Shoulder” harks back to our whisky making heritage. It’s a reference to a condition that malt-men sometimes picked up while working long shifts, turning the barley by hand. It had a tendency to cause their arm to hang a down a bit like a monkey hence the name.

The Whiskey is created by combining single malts from three of Speyside’s finest distilleries. The result is a smooth, creamy, supple and very malty Scotch which works superbly well neat, over ice, or in whisky cocktails (where it really excels).

Region: Speyside, Scotland

Barrel: Ex – Bourbon cask

Nose: This Whisky is elegant and stylish with nose of marmalade, cocoa, spice and anniseed

Palate: Very malty, creamy delivery with a suggestion of berry fruit. Cloves and butterscotch, hot-buttered-toast and dried apricot.

Finish: Medium length, spicy oak and a hint of peppermint on the tail.

Speyside, Scotland

The Speyside Cooperage

Playing host to over 50 distilleries, Speyside has the greatest concentration of malt whisky producers compared to any other whisky producing region of Scotland, including the Highlands (of which Speyside is a sub-region), the Lowlands or the island of Islay.

As a style, Speyside whiskies are usually lighter and sweeter than other Scotch single malts. As they grow older, they develop body. Typical flavour characteristics include green apple, vanilla, oak, dried fruit and nutmeg.

The Speyside region has the vast majority of all the Scotch distilleries, and thus there is a great variation. Aside from the lighter, honeyed single malts, there are also a small group of distilleries which produce a heavily sherried style Speyside whisky. Glenfarclas and The Macallan, for example, produce big bodied whiskies, The Glenlivet and Glenfiddich distilleries produce the most classic, typical Speyside drams, and both are world famous.

Cardhu Single Malt Scotch Whiskey


In Scotland’s heartland of whisky making – Speyside – you will find a distillery with a most intriguing history. The distillery was set up by John Cumming, who had previously been a whisky smuggler.  In early 1800’s his wife Helen Cumming distilled the first gallon of Cardhu, the only malt whisky to be pioneered by a woman. For many years Helen Cumming produced only the smallest quantity of malt whisky in Cardhu’s little still, as quality was her main focus. She continued to contribute to Cardhu’s success well into her 90’s.

A much-loved single malt, Cardhu is easy-going with clean, crisp oak and sweet malt flavours of honey and home-made caramel squares. This is one for the sweet-toothed.