What Is Scotch Whisky?
There are many different types of Scotch Whisky, but in the production of Single Malt Scotch Whisky just three natural ingredients are used: malted barley, water and yeast. These ingredients, coupled with the method of distillation and maturation in oak casks, create the wonderfully complex flavours formed in the spirit.
Scotland's Whisky Regions
Single Malt Scotch Whisky is skillfully crafted in distilleries across the breadth of Scotland’s wonderfully varied terroir, from rugged, windswept islands to green, rolling hills. The whiskies created are as diverse as the landscapes of the regions they come from. While the variation of whiskies crafted in each region is broad, they are all recognised as exceptional in their own right.
The Art Of Distillation
Each of Scotland’s whisky distilleries has a slightly different approach to producing whisky that results in an individual style of spirit. Although many distilleries keep much of their production process secret, the main stages of whisky distillation can be broken down into seven categories: Malting, Kilning, Milling, Mashing, Fermentation, Distillation and Maturation.
One of the most important factors in the creation of an outstanding whisky is the influence of the cask in which it is maturing. The oak cask both mellows the spirit inside and contributes a wide array of desirable flavours. Now more than ever there is the opportunity to taste Single Malt Scotch Whiskies which have been matured in a wide variety of different casks.
There is no wrong way to serve whisky as long as you enjoy it; but to experience the full flavours of an excellent dram there is a well recognised approach which will allow you to fully appreciate a Single Malt’s complexities.
Scotch Whisky and History
A comprehensive guide to the history of scotch whisky - skillfully crafted for hundreds of years.