Whats in your whisky? Your guide to ingredients

Whats in your whisky? Your guide to ingredients

There are many factors that will contribute to the overall flavour of your single malt whisky, and yet at a very basic level, it is made up of just barley, yeast and water, aged in an oak cask for at least three years.

While age and cask type are often referred to as the most important signifiers of quality, we take a holistic view, embracing flavours from how and where our barley is grown, to the condition of the cask when it is filled, and what ‘vintages’ of spirit are in your bottle. In this section, we explore how these ingredients affect flavour.

On average, our Classic Laddie batches are made up of 76 different casks, comprising 4 vintages of spirit, 3 different barley types and 7 different cask types. Our Laddie Eight batches are coincidentally made up of around 55 different casks, comprising 2 vintages of spirit, 2 different barley types and 5 different cask types. Put simply, they are not ‘standard’ bottlings. They are a direct embodiment of our commitment to provenance, to quality and our skills as distillers.