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What people want to know about Scotch whisky

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Scotch whisky is;

Grain or malt whiskies produced in Scotland were left to mature in an oak cask. It is a mixture of barley water and yeast. All malted single malt Scotch whisky is usually made from malted barley. Here are various things should about Scotch whisky:

  1. What does it mean to be single malt?

This means it is produced from a single distillery, and the barley is usually malted.

  1. What is the meaning of blended malt?

Blended malt is a mixture of two or more single malt whiskies from different distilleries and has no grain.

  1. What does grain Scotch whisky mean?

This is whisky made from grains like corn, wheat and un-malted barley instead of malted barley. The grain formulates the more significant part, while the malt adds flavor to the whisky.

  1. When was whisky blendingpioneered?

Blending was started in the 1860s by Andrew Asher in Edinburgh.

Single malt Scotch whisky

  1. Is it whisky or whiskey?

This will depend on different people and their accent; in Scotland and Canada, is whisky without the ‘e’ while in the united state and Ireland is spelt as whiskey with an ‘e’.

  1. Where else is Scotch whisky made besides Scotland?

For it to be called Scotch whisky, it has to be mainly made in Scotland.

  1. Where is whisky produced in Scotland?

There are six whisky-producing regions in Scotland, namely: Campbeltown, Islay, Highland, Lowland, Speyside and Island. Each of the areas named above produces unique flavors characteristics that vary from each other.

  1. What are the main features of each region?

Campbeltown:

They are entire of flavors, usually dry with a sharply strong taste and smell.

Islay:

Whiskies from Islay are generally dry and peaty and sometimes with a sharp aroma of smoke and some spice

  1. Highland:        

It is associated with dry oak and fruit cake finish and is also flavored with peaty.

  1. Lowland:

Usually very smooth, gentle, soft, less peaty, and it is also dry.

  1. Speyside:

Mainly made of fruits hence their sweet taste and shallow pea

  1. Island:

Due to the topographical variance, it makes it hard to classify whiskies from these areas.

Final Thoughts 

Blending began in Edinburgh around the 1860s. Single malt Scotch whisky was once thought to have too strong a flavor to be drunk regularly. It was so able to achieve gentler flavors by combining whisky. Also, the quality of whiskies from distilleries was unclear, and it was feasible to manufacture whiskies of more consistent quality by combining whiskies.

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