When folks hear the words “single malt,” they end to think “Scotch whisky.”
In truth, though, the term “single malt” refers to the sourcing and production methods. In short, a single malt whisky is the product of one distillery using one type of malt (barley). Contrast this with, say, blended whiskey, which are the product of multiple distilleries providing multiple whiskies and neutral spirits.
Anyhoo, this month there was cause for celebration in England when St. George’s Distillery produced its first single malt whisky. Reportedly, this is the first time in over a century that an English distillery has produced a whisky, let alone a single malt. But don’t call it Scotch—that label may be used only on whiskies produced in Scotland.