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Single Malt of the Month

Introduce your palate to a new single malt or rekindle your love for
an old favourite with our showcased Single Malt of the Month.

  • The Singleton

    12-Year-Old
    Single Malt
    Scotch Whisky


    A straightforward, gentle and
    smooth single malt with nutty
    and malty flavours.

    The Aging Period

    The Singleton 12-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is carefully aged for over a decade in European oak casks at the Dufftown distillery.

    The Tasting

    This Scotch was made with the beginner’s palate in mind. An approachable and rich nose, followed by a smooth body with notes of blackcurrant, brown sugar and espresso coffee. An elegantly dry and crisp finish with a nutty delayed warmth.

    The History

    Founded in 1895, the Dufftown distillery, which produces The Singleton, famed for producing incredible whisky. Their Speyside whisky can also be found in the blended variations of the famous Bell’s Scotch Whisky.

    Ideal For This Dram

    This Scotch is perfect for cocktails with a single malt as the main ingredient. Try a classic highball for a delicious, sessionable drink. Simply add 50ml of The Singleton 12-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky to a tall glass filled with ice. Then top up with soda and garnish with a big, fresh orange wedge. Enjoy!

  • Glenfiddich

    12-year-old
    Single Malt
    Scotch Whisky


    Creamy with subtle oak flavours and
    a long smooth and mellow finish.

    The Aging Period

    Glenfiddich 12-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is carefully matured in the finest American bourbon and Spanish sherry oak casks for at least 12 years before being married and mellowed in oak marrying tuns.

    The Tasting

    This Scotch offers a fresh and fruity aroma thanks to the hint of pear. It has a creamy texture with notes of butterscotch, cream and malt and ends off with a smooth and lingering subtle oak flavour on the palate.

    The History

    Owned and produced by William Grant & Sons in Duffton, Scotland, Glenfiddich is the world’s bestselling single malt Scotch whisky. The brand’s iconic logo is a stag as the word “glenfiddich” means “valley of the deer” in Scottish Gaelic.

    The Rating

    The world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whisky

    GOLD MEDAL 2014 –
    International Spirits Challenge

    GOLD MEDAL 2014 –
    International Wine and Spirit Competition

  • The Macallan

    Fine Oak
    12-Year-Old
    Highland Single Malt
    Scotch Whisky


    This vibrant and sophisticated single
    malt is perfectly balanced with notes
    of vanilla, fresh oak and spice.

    The Aging Period

    The Macallan Fine Oak 12-Year-Old is triple cask matured in a unique and complex combination of sherry seasoned European oak casks and bourbon seasoned American oak casks. The result is a diverse yet subtle whisky with abundant flavours of citrus, vanilla and coconut.

    The Tasting

    It boasts a complex nose with a hint of fruit and vanilla. The palate is medium, and balanced with fruit, oak and spice. The finish is lingering with dried fruit, oak and spice.

    ABV: 40% Alc/Vol

    The History

    The Macallan distillery was founded in 1824 by Alexander Reid, a barley farmer and school teacher, on a plateau above the river Spey north-east Scotland. The original name of the area was “Maghellan”, taken from the Gallic word “magh”, meaning fertile ground and “Ellan”, from a monk named St. Fillan who was associated with a church on the grounds of The Macallan Estate.

    For Extra Flavour, Add Water

    Pour over ice for chilled consumption or add a splash of water to release the flavours.

    Goes Down a Treat

    The Macallan’s smooth, sweet and spicy character is enhanced when it’s paired with a Gouda with cumin from Checkers' Cheese World. The spices and the creaminess of the Gouda bring out more oak and fruity notes in the whisky, while The Macallan will enrich the Gouda and make it even more creamy and delicious.

  • GLENMORANGIE

    THE ORIGINAL
    10-YEAR-OLD
    HIGHLAND SINGLE
    MALT SCOTCH WHISKY


    Medium-bodied and gently
    warming, with pleasant spicy
    notes and a sweet finish.

    The Aging Period

    Glenmorangie is aged for 10 years in the finest ex-Bourbon casks, which impart layers of vanilla, coconut and gentle spice. Unlike other whiskies, Glenmorangie only use their casks twice, extracting maximum flavour from the wood. The result is an extremely smooth, complex and perfectly balanced blend.

    The Tasting

    Glenmorangie 10-Year-Old can be encapsulated in two words: smooth and complex.

    When savouring this definitive Highland malt, you’ll detect vanilla on the tongue before it ripples along the palate bringing a burst of flowery fruitiness. About a minute after tasting, you are left with a clean aftertaste with hints of orange and peach.

    ABV: 40% Alc/Vol

    The History

    Glenmorangie Distillery was founded in 1843, making it one of Scotland’s oldest distilleries. The distillery lies in a sheltered bay, and its location could well have been the inspiration behind its name, which means “glen of tranquility” in Gaelic. The rolling hills and pure spring water from the Tarlogie Springs provide a natural inspiration for this outstanding single malt.

    Think you don’t like whisky? Think again!

    Use Glenmorangie 10-Year-Old to create “The Original’s” take on the original cocktail:

    The Original and the Old Fashioned Ingredients:

    • 50 ml Glenmorangie 10-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
    • 4 dashes aromatic bitters
    • 1 bar spoon white granulated sugar
    • Garnish: orange twist

    Method:

    1. Combine the ingredients in a glass.
    2. Mix and muddle to dissolve sugar.
    3. Add ice (block ice preferred) and stir to chill and slightly dilute.
    4. Finish with an orange twist.

  • CARDHU

    12-Year-Old
    Single Malt
    Scotch Whisky


    A rich silky-smooth balance of golden
    honey notes with delicate fruity
    character and a dry, smoky finish.

    The Aging Period

    The raw spirit rests for a minimum of 12 years in toasted oak casks to produce an enticing and silky smooth dram.

    The Tasting

    Attractive and elegant, this quintessential Cardhu has a spirity nose with sweet apple blossom and heathery aromas, a well-balanced palate with good viscosity, and a short finish with lingering sweet smoke in the aftertaste.

    ABV: 40% Alc/Vol

    The History

    Cardhu is the first Speyside distillery to be pioneered by a woman.
    It was founded by Helen Cumming in 1811 as an illicit distillery, before being officially licensed in 1824. In 1872, Elizabeth Cummings – daughter-in-law of the founders – took over the running of the distillery and set about refining the flavour and character of the whisky we know today: the effortless, elegant and generous spirit, born of hard work and determination.

    Think you don’t like whisky? Think again!

    The smooth, honeyed flavours of a 12-Year-Old Cardhu shine best when served neat or over ice.

    Goes Down A Treat

    Cardhu’s soft, intensely fruity qualities are enhanced when it’s paired with the delicate sharpness of strawberry chocolate truffles.

  • PRIVATE BARREL Co. NO.68

    12-Year-Old
    Single Malt
    Scotch Whisky


    Striking aroma with hints of spice,
    fresh fruit and oak.

    The Aging Period

    This 12-Year-Old Single Malt gets its distinct flavour from being aged in American oak bourbon casks.
    Most of the wood used for these barrels is taken from trees between 100 – 200 years old, so there’s a bit of history in every glass.

    The Tasting

    On the nose you can find notes of sweet vanilla, winter spice, cinnamon, fudge and toffee.
    The palate is smooth and spicy with a medium length finish, including hints of lemon and vanilla.

    ABV: 43% Alc/Vol

    The History

    In order to bring you the distinguished flavours that every whisky lover deserves, our whisky masters travelled to the top distillers in Scotland to hand-pick whiskies for their unique character, rarity and devotion to the age-old traditions.
    These are then bottled under our Private Barrel Co. label and brought to you from single casks in limited edition, individually numbered bottles – all at supermarket prices and exclusive to the House of Fine Whisky at Checkers LiquorShop.

    Recipe

    Add Private Barrel no.68 12-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky to this hot and spicy mix for a cocktail perfect for almost any season!

    Whisky Lime Hot & Sour

    Ingredients:
    • 30 ml sugar
    • 30 ml boiling water
    • 2 tots Private Barrel no.68 12-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
    • 1 tot lime juice
    • ¼ tsp. sambal oelek
    • Ice

    Method:
    Method: 1. Stir sugar and water together until sugar has dissolved. Cool until needed.
    2. Place one tot of sugar syrup in a cocktail shaker together with the Private Barrel no.68 12-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, lime juice, sambal oelek and ice. Shake well.
    3. Strain into tumblers filled with ice. Garnish with coriander and serve.
    Makes: 2

  • The Glenlivet

    15-Year-Old
    Single Malt
    Scotch Whisky


    Rich notes of fruit, almonds
    and sweet spice.

    The Aging Period

    The 15-Year-Old gets its distinctive rich and exotic character from a process of selective maturation in which a proportion of the spirit is matured in French oak casks. The Limousin oak used is cut in France’s Dordogne region, where it’s often used to mature cognacs. We carefully control how long the whisky matures in the casks so as not to overpower the desired result: a unique, pleasing spiciness.

    The Tasting

    The nose reveals creamy, rich, and buttery notes. On the palate you can taste rich flavours of fruit, almonds and sweet spice. Perfect for pairing with full-flavoured venison dishes.

    ABV: 40% Alc/Vol

    The History

    Founded in 1824 and operated almost continuously since, The Glenlivet distillery is the oldest legal distillery in the parish of Glenlivet in Scotland. Often touted as “The single malt that started it all”, The Glenlivet is the biggest selling single malt whisky in the United States and the second biggest selling single malt brand globally.

    GOLD – 2009
    San Francisco World Spirits Competition

    GOLD – 2017
    International Wine & Spirit Competition

    More Notes

    Try the Glenlivet 15-Year-Old in an Old Fashioned: an old school cocktail that’ll never be out of fashion.

    Old Fashioned

    Ingredients:
    1⁄2 tsp White sugar
    3 dashes Angostura bitters
    1 dash Angostura orange bitters
    8ml Cold water
    1 Brown sugar cube

    Garnish:
    Lemon
    Orange twists

    Method:
    Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass. Muddle to break down the sugar and stir briefly. Fill with ice, stir again and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice.Twist slices of lemon and orange peel over the drink and drop them in.

  • Glenfiddich

    21-Year-Old
    Gran Reserva Rum
    Cask Finish Single
    Malt Scotch Whisky


    Peppery with a touch of smoke, oak,
    lime, ginger and spices.

    The Aging Period

    The Glenfiddich 21-Year-Old Gran Reserva Rum Cask Finish Single Malt Scotch Whisky is matured for 21 years after which it is finished in first fill bourbon barrels that once contained rum from the Caribbean. This infuses the aged whisky with a spicy warmth, vanilla and toffee sweetness.

    The Tasting

    The nose reveals figs, rich toffee, new leather and oak. The taste starts off soft then brisk, vibrant and drying. This malt is peppery with a touch of smoke, oak, lime, ginger and spices. You’ll enjoy the long, warming and dry finish of this sophisticated whisky.

    ABV: 40% Alc/Vol

    The History

    The Glenfiddich Distillery was founded in 1887 by William Grant in Dufftown, Scotland and is one of the few single malt distilleries to remain entirely family owned. In 1963, the Glenfiddich single malt was the first to be actively promoted outside of Scotland and since 2000 the Glenfiddich range has received more awards than any other single malt Scotch whisky.

    SILVER – OUTSTANDING MEDAL – 2012
    International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC)

    SILVER MEDAL 2013
    International Spirits Challenge (ISC)

    For Extra Flavour, Add Water

    Pour over ice for chilled consumption or add a splash of water to release the flavours.

    Goes Down a Treat

    The Macallan’s smooth, sweet and spicy character is enhanced when it’s paired with a Gouda with cumin from Checkers' Cheese World. The spices and the creaminess of the Gouda bring out more oak and fruity notes in the whisky, while The Macallan will enrich the Gouda and make it even more creamy and delicious.

  • The Balvenie
    DoubleWood

    12-Year-Old
    Single Malt
    Scotch Whisky


    This single malt is smooth and mellow
    with flavours of nutty sweetness,
    cinnamon spiciness and a delicately
    proportioned layer of sherry.

    The Aging Period

    The Balvenie DoubleWood 12-Year-Old is made from whisky which has been matured in traditional casks to soften and add delicate character, then it’s moved to sherry casts for an additional nine months to bring depth and fullness of flavour. In the final 3-4 months, the whisky is transferred to large oak vessels called tuns, to allow the whiskies to marry harmoniously.

    The Tasting

    It boasts a complex nose with sweet fruit and oloroso sherry notes, layered with honey and vanilla. The taste is smooth and mellow with beautifully combined flavours of nutty sweetness, cinnamon spiciness and a delicately proportioned layer of sherry, complemented by a long and warming finish.

    ABV: 43% Alc/Vol

    The History

    DoubleWood 12 was launched in 1993, using a process designed by their Malt Master David Stewart in 1982, now commonly known as 'wood finishing'. It is the only distillery in Scotland that still grows its own barley, uses traditional floor maltings and keeps both a coppersmith and a team of coopers on-site. Thanks to natural alchemy and centuries-old craftsmanship, The Balvenie is the most hand-crafted of single malts.

    For Extra Flavour, Add Water

    Pour over ice for chilled consumption or add a splash of water to release the flavours.

    Goes Down a Treat

    The Macallan’s smooth, sweet and spicy character is enhanced when it’s paired with a Gouda with cumin from Checkers' Cheese World. The spices and the creaminess of the Gouda bring out more oak and fruity notes in the whisky, while The Macallan will enrich the Gouda and make it even more creamy and delicious.

  • Aberlour

    12-Year-Old
    Single Malt
    Scotch Whisky


    Rich and fruity with hints of spicy notes,
    this award-winning single malt makes for
    a delightfully dependable daily dram.

    The Aging Period

    The spirit rests for a minimum of 12 years in traditional oak and seasoned sherry butts. This double cask maturation deftly softens the raw spirit to produce a whisky with subtly balanced flavour.

    The Tasting

    Golden amber with hints of ruby, Aberlour’s colour alludes to the sensorial rewards to follow. It boasts a soft, rounded nose with fruity notes of red apple. The palate has a fine sherried character with fruity aromas balanced with rich chocolate. The finish is warm with lingering sweet and spicy notes.

    ABV: 40% Alc/Vol

    The History

    Aberlour Distillery was founded in 1879 in the very heart of Speyside, where the Lour burn joins the River Spey. Surrounded by the dramatic Highland scenery of Ben Rinnes, the site is steeped in centuries of legend and noted for its magical relationship with water.

    The exceptionally pure, soft spring water used for making Aberlour whisky is drawn from nearby natural springs that flow over the pink granite of Ben Rinnes.

    The Rating

    “Sweet and silky…good for such a young Aberlour.”
    Dave Broom, Whisky Mag

    Gold
    Distillers’ Single Malts 12 Years and Under International Spirits Challenge 2014

    Gold
    Speyside Single Malts up to 12YO The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business) 2015

    Gold
    Single Malt Scotch - Speyside International Wine & Spirit Competition 2017

  • Dalwhinnie

    15-Year-Old HIGHLAND
    Single Malt
    Scotch Whisky


    Smooth and sweet with honey and
    delicate spicy notes, this award
    winner is an excellent introduction
    to single malts, able to delight
    even those who aren’t usually malt
    whisky drinkers.

    The Aging Period

    This Dalwhinnie spirit is a rounded, long-matured malt whisky that’s aged for a minimum of 15 years in a mixture of Oak casks.

    The Tasting

    This deep, gold malt delights at first smell, boasting an aromatic nose with hints of peat. The palate is smooth and creamy with heather-honey sweetness and vanilla flavours, which deepen into citrus fruit flavours for a long, lingering and intense finish of smoke, peat and malt.

    Want to experience the essence of Highland single malt Scotch whiskies? Taste its rounded, floral flavours in this single malt.

    ABV: 43% Alc/Vol

    The History

    This 15-year-old single malt comes from a single, remote distillery in the Scottish Highland, that’s both the highest and oldest working distillery of its kind in Scotland. Built in 1897, Dalwhinnie – or “Plain of Meetings” in Gaelic – is named for its location at a junction of old drove roads, between two mountain ranges.

    The location was selected for its access to extra cold, fresh spring water that gives its malts a uniquely clean, accessible and sweet taste. It also exposes its whiskies to extremely cold weather for a distinct richness and complexity.

    The Rating

    “Underrated and charming with surprising mid-palate weight.”
    Dave Broom, Whisky Magazine Issue 79, 2009.

    92 Points
    Excellent. Highly recommended. Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2018

    Silver
    Scotch Whisky International Spirits Challenge 2017

    Silver
    Outstanding Single Malt Scotch Whisky International Wine & Spirit Competition 2017

    Gold
    Distillers’ Single Malt Scotch 13–19 Years San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2016

    Silver
    Single Malt Highlands & Islands: Aged 13–18 Years The Global Scotch Whisky Masters 2015

  • Glenmorangie

    10-Year-Old Highland
    Single Malt
    Scotch Whisky


    This extremely smooth and perfectly balanced
    10-year-old Scotch whisky has subtle
    vanilla and flowery fruitiness on the palate,
    with hints of orange and peach on the finish.

    The Aging Period

    Glenmorangie is aged for 10 years in the finest ex-Bourbon casks, which impart layers of vanilla, coconut and gentle spice. Unlike other whiskies, Glenmorangie only use their casks twice, extracting maximum flavour from the wood. The result is an extremely smooth, complex and perfectly balanced blend.

    The Tasting

    Glenmorangie 10-Year-Old can be encapsulated in two words: smooth and complex.

    When savouring this definitive Highland malt, you’ll detect vanilla on the tongue before it ripples along the palate bringing a burst of flowery fruitiness. About a minute after tasting, you are left with a clean aftertaste with hints of orange and peach.

    ABV: 40% Alc/Vol

    The History

    Glenmorangie Distillery was founded in 1843, making it one of Scotland’s oldest distilleries. The distillery lies in a sheltered bay, and its location could well have been the inspiration behind its name, which means “glen of tranquility” in Gaelic. The rolling hills and pure spring water from the Tarlogie Springs provide a natural inspiration for this outstanding single malt.

    The Rating

    94/100
    “Complexity at its most complex.”
    Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible, 2015

    Gold
    Single Malt Scotch
    Highland 2017 International Wine & Spirit Competition

    Gold
    Single Malt Scotch
    Highland 2016 International Wine & Spirit Competition

    Gold
    Single Malt Scotch
    Highland 2014 International Wine & Spirit Competition

  • Glen Scotia

    Double Cask Single
    Malt Scotch Whisky


    An impeccable balance of
    rich spicy fruits, with
    Glen Scotia’s famous hints
    of sea spray.

    The Aging Period

    As a No Age Statement Scotch, its aging period is a mystery. That being said, we know it’s matured for up to 12 months in two different casks – first in the finest bourbon barrels followed by time in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. The result is an outstanding single malt boasting the perfect balance of flavours.

    The Tasting

    Glen Scotia’s Double Cask can be summed up in two words: rich and spicy.

    This classic Campbeltown malt delivers an impeccable perfect balance of rich spicy fruits with Glen Scotia’s famous hints of sea spray and a vanilla oak finish. Smooth and deliciously sweet at first sip, it boasts an intense character with a deep, dark and dry finish.

    ABV: 46% Alc/Vol

    The History

    Glen Scotia distillery is situated in Campbeltown, one of five recognised Scotch-producing regions in Scotland. Once hailed as the Whisky Capital of the World with 28 distilleries, only three remain today – of which Glen Scotia is one of the finest. It’s also a fine example of the unique Campbeltown style.

    The Rating

    85.5/100
    “A malt that means business.”
    Jim Murray, Whisky Bible 2017.

    Silver Medal
    Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015.

    Gold Medal
    Distillers Single Malt Scotch
    – No Age.
    San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2016.

    Gold
    Scottish Field Whisky Challenge 2016 Grand Final.





    Best Scotch
    Campbeltown Single Malt Whisky. World Whiskies Awards 2016.

    Gold Medal
    Berlin International Spirits Competition 2017.

  • Lagavulin

    16-Year-Old
    Islay Single Malt
    Scotch Whisky


    Intensely flavoured, smoky
    and rich, Lagavulin 16-Year-Old
    is considered by many to
    be the definitive Islay Malt.

    The Aging Period

    Lagavulin’s slow distillation and long maturation in oak casks for at least sixteen years contributes to its smooth, rich texture and intense peaty flavour. As Islay locals say, “Time takes out the fire, but leaves in the warmth”.

    The Tasting

    This deep amber gold, full-bodied single malt has intense peat smoke and a rich sweetness on the nose; then sherry, fruit and smoke on the palate, leaving a long, spicy finish with appetising sweetness.

    ABV: 43% Alc/Vol

    The History

    The remote, windswept island of Islay off the west coast of Scotland instills a certain strength of character in everything from the people who live there to the whiskies it produces. And it’s here, nestled in a small bay guarded by treacherous rocks and the ruins of a medieval castle, the Lagavulin, one of the world’s most intense, smoky and rich single malt whiskies has been made since 1816. Named after a Gaelic word meaning ‘the hollow where the mill is’, this sheltered site boasted ten illicit stills until in 1816, a local farmer founded one of the oldest official distilleries on the island.

    The Rating

    "A true classic in every sense that offers breathtaking depth."
    Jim Murray 1999, Whisky Magazine, Issue 6

    Double Gold Medal – Best Single Malt Scotch 13-19 Years – San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2015

    Gold Medal – International Spirits Challenge 2015

    Double Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2016

    Double Gold Medal and Best Distiller’s Single Malt 13-19 Years – San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2017