Originally Posted by redsfan4486
So what exactaly is the difference in taste between single and double malt. I also would like to get into scotch and was wondering.
Basically, and to oversimplify, there is single malt and blends. In Scotland single malt is regulated; it must be barley, distilled by a particular process and aged for at least a certain number of years. As far as I know, double malt wouldn't mean anything other than two malts combined together to produce a particular flavor, which brings us to the difference between blending and vatting, the latter being more of what many claim makes Irish whiskey so special. See the following, for instance: "http://www.tullamoredew-usa.com/irish-whiskey/irish-scotch.asp
Outside of Scotland, single malt usually just means a whiskey distilled from one grain.