Before you drink Scotch you have to understand where it comes from.
First, what is Scotch?
It’s the alchemical combination of water, malted barley, and other whole grains
distilled at an alcohol by volume between 40 and 94.8 percent and is rested in oak
for at least 3 years.
What does the age refer too?
The age on Scotch bottles refers to the youngest whiskey included in the blend.
What are the different type of Scotch whiskeys?
Is distilled at a single distillery in pot stills from 100- percent malted barley.
Is distilled at a single distillery from malted barley and other whole grains.
Blended Scotch whiskey
Is a blend of one or more single-malt or single-grain Scotches.
The region where the scotch is produced bears heavily on the flavor
and bouquet .
Here is a quick guide to help you understand.
1) Islay and the Islands
Scotches from Islay typically are very peaty in flavor. If your a first time scotch drinker, it may
be to much. It’s a corky scotch flavor. Very strong and in your face. Laphroaig is great example
of a Islay and Island Scotch.
Comes from the northern chunk of Scotland chunk. With a Speyside expect fruiter malts. Glenlivet
is a great example of a Speyside scotch.
Doesn’t focus on a certain flavor of scotch but a region from which many scotches come from.
Glen Garioch Founders Reserve is a great example
Again focuses on a region instead of just flavor. Auchentoshan triple-casked single-malt Three Woods is a great
one from a region that has only 3 working distilleries.
So here was quick guide to get you started on your way to not only drinking Scotch but understanding Scotch.