Six Classic Malt Brands
The Six Classic Malts of Scotland where carefully selected by
United Distillers & Vintners from their ever increasing range of single malts.
Each of the six malts where selected to best represent each of the main
whisky producing regions of Scotland.
They embrace the full diversity of regional tastes and styles.


Owning Company: Oban Distillery
Established: 1794

Location: Midway between the Caledonian and Crinan canals.

A 14 year old combining the sophistication of the Highlands
with a touch of the peaty style of the Islands and an amber appearance.
It is rich and full-bodied with a mellow fruity finish and it’s
flavour has medium mothfeel, smooth; easy to drink, with a
good balance of primary flavours.
Fresh and faintly floral (bog myrtle).

(Ladies whisky)

The home of ‘The Edinburgh Malt’ is located in the rolling farmland
of East Lothian and houses an exhibition in the listed red brick buildings.
Glenkinchie is a soft, sweetly aromatic malt from the ‘Garden of Scotland’.
Is has a fresh, grassy sweetness balanced with a warming, dryish finish.
It is also light in character, with notes of lemon and cut grass.
It is one of only three remaining Lowland malt whiskies in production.


Owning Company: D & J Macallum
Established: 1869
Location: Near Cragganmore Hill, Ballindalloch.

Cragganmore distillery was founded in 1869 by John Smith.
It is situated in the village of Ballindaloch in Banffshire in Scotland.
A 12 year old elegant, sophisticated Speyside with the most complex
aroma of any malt.
Astonishingly fragrant with sweetish notes and a smoky maltiness
on the finish, with full gold, amber notes. The aromatics reduce to
a mild and pleasant complex with no off notes.

(A bit smoked)

Owning Company: Talisker Distillery
Production Status: Operational
Established: 1843Location: Set in the lee of Cnoc-nan-Speireag-Hawkhill,
near the village of Carbost, on the shore of Loch Harport.

A 10 year old and the only malt produced on Skye.
Its seaweedy, smoky nose and sweet maltiness is perfectly
complimented by its spicy,
long finish.It’s appearance is Full gold, bright and shot with pink.
Full bodied. The primary taste is sweet and salty, with a powerful
peat-smoke ‘catch’ in the finish, which is relatively short.
Other flavours are of resin and burnt butter. Development:
Becomes sulphury when exposed to the air for a while.


Owning Company: J. Buchanan & Co.
Established: 1890s
Location: Stands at the Drumochter Pass at the head of Strathspey.A 15 year old gentle, delicate malt from the wild and windswept Highlands.
It is subtle, smooth delicately smody malt with a heathery honey finish.
First impression is of orange juice, with some grainy mustard;
mead-like, or like concentrated white wine – vin santo.
Becomes mulchy and grassy, but holds its flavor well.


Owning Company: White Horse Distillers, Glasgow
Established: 1816
Water Source: Solum Lochs
Location: Occupying a site of six acres, at the head of a small bay
near the south coast of Islay.
A 16 year old distinctive and powerful Islay malt.
It is deeply smoky and peaty with a velvety, complex finish.
Little nose prickle, and surprisingly low intensity of (straight) aroma.
Little discernable smoke to start. Generally quite closed. Some cognac
and cooking chocolate and an interesting scent of clover flowers.

The primary taste starts sweet (nougat) and finishes
darkly smoky (coal smoke).
The flavour immediately
gives away the whisky’s provenance.




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  1. Orestis Karadimitriou

    I would have added Glenfiddich as for some reason it was by far the most easy-to-find and contributed in the spread of malt aficionados everywhere.

  2. Esterene

    Where can I purchase the six classic single malts as a set?

    Thank you

  3. skalywag

    Highland Park, St. Magdalene, Caol Iol, Glenmoarangie, Ardbeg and Talisker are among my favorites as well. I kinda like em all actually. From Tennessee (my home) I favor George Dickel Special Barrel. It is a very fine Sour Mash to be cherished.

  4. Nikos Karatzas


    Highland is one of my favorites also. Moreover, peat (isaly spirits) are also great…you can;t really have a favorite.everything is so special..thansk for the comments!!!

  5. Nikos Karatzas

    Hello, sorry for the late response. You can find the six malt pack at almost every spirit shop in Athens. More over try the stores of They know all details and probably they have it for sale.

    thanks in advance,

  6. Jornal do Whisky

    Here in Brasil is very hard to find this whiskies. Very expensive to. I personally do not like smoked very strong, I prefer the balance between sweetness, peat and especially sherry.

  7. If only I had a greenback for each time I came here.. Amazing post.

  8. Hehe I’m really the first comment to this awesome read.

  9. Alexandros Goules

    to skalywag…thanks for your suggestion to this Tennessee whisky but i’m afraid i have to order it from an american e-shop, because we don’t have it here in Greece. But i have another problem and maybe you can help me!
    I need a good RYE Whisky and here in Greece i cannot find anything except Wild Turkey Rye,but i am not a fan of it…
    I have a bar and we make the old fashioned cockteil with RYE and i have this problem,you know!
    So, if you could suggest me a good RYE, i would appreciate..!

  10. J Williams

    About 20 years ago I saw a video about the Classic Malts…It was a great DVD that took the viewers thru the regions of Scotland that produced the six malts…Anyone out there that might be familiar with the video ?

  11. clyde haynes

    Clyde Haynes
    August 30, 2012 at 7:49 pm
    I too had that video. Loaned it out and never got it back. Were you succesful in finding a copy?

  12. Alexandros Goules

    i have no idea where you can find a copy of it, but i will make a quick search and i will inform you if i’ll find something! thanks for your post!
    have a great weekend!

  13. David Gray

    The Six Classic Malts of Scotland were originally marketed as the 7 Classic Malts by Arthur Bell Distilleries then, again as 7, by United Distillers. The seventh member of the family was Blair Athol.

  14. Irene White

    i have a set of the 7 classic malts

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