Scotland And Its Whisky

Everyone immediately can associate this country with whisky as the drink belongs to the Scottish culture just like the kilt or the unusual dialect. The high-proof drink has been produced in Scotland for centuries and exported around the world. Around 70 per cent of all exported food and drinks are in the whisky sector. The equivalent of 41 bottles a second leaves the country to be enjoyed by whisky friends worldwide. The Scotch is not a spirit like any other. The properties vary depending on the distillery and region of origin. The water, the type of fermentation, the type of distillation and the use of peat also play a significant role here. Also, the climate, location of the warehouse, and wooden barrels influence the taste notes. The distillers always produce the Scottish national drink with great dedication. Currently, there are still more than 100 different distilleries in Scotland. They all follow the production process in their way.

Matured For At Least Three Years

A real Scotch has to mature in a wooden barrel for three years. Only then can it be called Scotch. It doesn’t matter what type of barrel they use. Depending on the distillery, the master distillers use sherry, rum, wine or bourbon barrels. The whisky lover will also find an age on each bottle. That refers to the age of the youngest whisky in the bottle. The landscape is palpable in Scottish whisky. Each region of the country leaves its taste nuances. While the Highlands varieties tend to have a peaty taste, the Lowlands’ Scotch is more likely to be mild and fruity.

Single Malt

There are three different types of Scotch. These are the single malt, the grain whisky and the blended whisky. The Single Mal is the best known and highest quality product that Scottish distilleries produce. The distillers make it from malted barley, water and yeast. After that, they burn the liquid in substantial copper stills. It then matures in whisky barrels for at least three years. Most of them, however, are stored much longer. The distilleries always make Single malts in a single distillery. That is what distinguishes them from the blended malts. These are the product of at least two distilleries.

Grain Whiskey And Blended Whisky

The manufacturing process of the grain whisky differs significantly. The producers make it from malted barley mixed with barley and grains such as corn and wheat. That is then combined with yeast and water and distilled in a high patent still. This whisky is more potent than a Single Malt. Different single times are mixed with grain whisky here. It’s an art of its own; the distillers carefully guard the recipes because you cannot simply mix all single as you like it. Here, too, an age indication indicates the age of the youngest whisky in this blend. Whatever you choose, one thing is clear. There is always a piece of Scotland in the glass.