If you don't fancy yourself a whisky connoisseur quite yet, here's a quick rundown of everything you should know before picking out a single malt scotch for yourself. Though the name may make you assume otherwise, single malt scotch whisky can be produced anywhere in the world, not just in Scotland. According to Forbes, the word "single" is used to define malt whiskys that are distilled at one single distillery. The word "malt" in the phrase "single malt whisky" refers to the malted barley that is used to make the drink. Single malt scotch whisky can be enjoyed neat, though you can add a splash of cold water or one to two ice cubes into your glass after taking your first taste.