How to read a whisky label

What exactly does 'single malt' mean?

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Whether you're buying whisky as a present for a friend or family member, or for yourself, you'll find there's a huge variety of different brands available.

The spirit is made all over the world, from as far afield as Taiwan, Denmark, Japan, Wales, India, Ireland, Finland, Canada and Australia, but the majority of the whisky on sale in the UK is from Scotland.

Scotch whisky is matured for a minimum of three years in wooden casks before being bottled.

Malt whisky from Scotland is made in one of five regions: Islay, Speyside, Highland, Lowland and Campbeltown.

Getting to grips with the small print can mean you know far more about what you're buying, whether it's worth the price, and how best to drink it.

Whisky labels contain a lot of information that can tell you what you're drinking, where it came from and how old it is. Whisky expert Andy Bell explains the ins and outs of whisky labels in this step-by-step guide.

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