Classic Malts of Scotland

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The Classic Malts of Scotland[1][2][3][4][5] is a selection of six single malt whiskies, launched and marketed together in 1988 by United Distillers and Vintners which is now owned by Diageo. They are often displayed together in bars and liquor stores. Diageo has since marketed other single malt labels and expressions with the Classic Malts labeling. The six original malts are:

Whisky Age Alc. % Region
Glenkinchie 10 years 43% Lowland
Dalwhinnie 15 years 43% Highland
Cragganmore 12 years 40% Speyside
Oban 14 years 43% West Highland
Talisker 10 years 45.8% Isle of Skye
Lagavulin 16 years 43% Islay
Six Classic Malts of Scotland box
Six Classic Malts of Scotland inside the box

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,[6] 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, a formerly prominent whisky-making region, is not featured in the range.

Distiller's editions[edit]

All six of the original "Classic Malts" have also been released as limited edition "Distiller's editions", which are finished with additional maturation (beyond the standard edition age) in special casks selected by the master distiller at each distillery. Dalwhinnie is finished in Oloroso casks, Glenkinchie in Amontillado, Cragganmore in Port, Oban in Fino sherry from Montilla, Talisker in amoroso sherry, and Lagavulin in Pedro Ximénez sherry.


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  6. ^ "Classic Malts of Scotland". Uisce Beatha. 14 June 2015. Retrieved 15 September 2015.