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The Scotch Single Malt Whisky Bar of Distinction

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(With purposeful intent, only the Scotch Single Malt Whisky is considered in this document.)

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Basic Requirements

The basic requirements of a Scotch Doc-certified "Scotch Single Malt Bar of Distinction" includes at least one Scotch single malt from each of the traditional geographical Scotch single malt production "Regions and Districts." In addition, there must be representatives of other geographical locations, or "Districts," within these Regions, that many experts on the characteristics of Scotch single malt believe consistently contribute a distinctive quality or level of character to malts that are produced in these geographical locales. A particular distillery that consistently produces a malt of distinctive quality will also be included in this list. Malts bottled at cask strength and Independent Bottling representatives should also be included in the inventory of an exemplary Scotch single malt bar. Therefore, the "Scotch Single Malt Bar of Distinction," as designated by The Scotch Doc, will stock at least one Scotch single malt representative, listed in alphabetical order, from each of the locales (Region and District) included in the following list.

The Scotch Single Malts --Listed in alphabetical order:

Single Malt Age Proof Region District
Aberlour 18 80 Highland Speyside
Ardbeg 17 80 Islay South Shore
Balvenie 15 101 Highland Speyside
Balvenie 10 80 Highland Speyside
Bowmore 17 86 Islay North Shore
Bunnahabhain 12 86 Islay Loch Indaal
Dalmore 12 86 Highland Northern
Dalwhinnie 15 86 Highland Speyside
Cragganmore 12 80 Highland Speyside
Cardhu 12 80 Highland Speyside
Glendronach 15 80 Highland Speyside
Glenfarclas 17 86 Highland Speyside
Glenfiddich 15 102 Highland Speyside
Glengoyne 17 86 Highland Western
Glenkinchie 10 86 Lowland Eastern
Glenlivet 18 80 Highland Speyside
Glenmorangie 10 80 Highland Northern
Glenmorangie 18 86 Highland Northern
Glen Kieth 10 86 Highland Speyside
Glen Ord 12 80 Highland Northern
Highland Park 12 86 Highland Orkney
Jura, Isle of 10 86 Highland Jura
Knockando 18 86 Highland Speyside
Lagavulin 16 86 Islay South Shore
Laphroaig 10 86 Islay South Shore
Laphroaig 15 86 Islay South Shore
Longrow 18 92 Campbeltown N/A
Macallan 12 86 Highland Speyside
Macallan 18 86 Highland Speyside
Macallan 25 86 Highland Speyside
Oban 14 86 Highland Western
Royal Lochnagar 12 80 Highland Eastern
Scapa 12 80 Highland Orkney
Springbank 12 92 Campbeltown N/A
Springbank 21 92 Campbeltown N/A
Strathisla 12 80 Highland Speyside
Talisker 10 91 Highland Skye

(There are other Scotch single malts that may qualify for this list. The brands listed here are malts with which The Scotch Doc has extensive experience and which have been used in numerous seminars and tastings that he has hosted over the years.)

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The Bar of Distinction Inventory Basic Requirement:

Distillery Age Proof Region District
Dalwhinnie 15 86 Highland Speyside
Bunnahabhain 12 86 Islay Loch Indaal
Glenkinchie 10 86 Lowland Eastern
Glenmorangie 10 80 Highland Northern
Highland Park 12 86 Highland Orkney
Jura, Isle of 10 86 Highland Jura
Lagavulin 16 86 Islay South Shore
Laphroaig 10 86 Islay South Shore
Laphroaig 15 86 Islay South Shore
Macallan 12 86 Highland Speyside
Macallan 18 86 Highland Speyside
Oban 14 86 Highland Western
Springbank 12 92 Campbeltown N/A
Talisker 10 91 Highland Skye

A selection of at least four different single malts that would include cask-strength, single-cask and Independent Bottler examples would also be" required" for this inventory. The availability of specific offerings will vary at all times. Bottlings currently available that would enhance your inventory are:

Single Malt Age Region District
Auchentoshan (Cadenhead cask-strength) 15 Lowland West
Blair Athol (Cadenhead cask-strength) 19 Highland Midlands
Highland Park (Hart Brothers) 19 Highland Orkney
Macallan (Hart Brothers) 23 Highland Speyside
Pittyvaich (Cadenhead cask-strength) 18 Highland Speyside
Port Ellen (Hart Brothers) 22 Islay South Shore
Rosebank (Cadenhead cask-strength) 8 Lowland Central
Teaninich (Cadenhead cask-strength) 12 Highland Northern

Additional malts that are not required, but which would definitely get some attention, include:

Single Malt Age Proof Region District
Balvenie (cask-strength) 30 91 Highland Speyside
Macallan 1946 52 80 Highland Speyside
Springbank "Local Barley " 30 103 Campbeltown N/A

(Note: This list is subject to change based on the availability of the single malts and/or a deterioration of quality of the malts.)

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