Scotch whisky is one of the world’s most famous alcoholic beverages, and every year millions of bottles are exported from Scotland around the world. Scotch though is just a name for a whisky made in Scotland, and just as not all white wine is the same, so there are differences in Scotch whisky.
There are strict rules, as set down in the Scotch Whisky Regulations 2009, about what can and cannot be called Scotch whisky, and these rules also govern the descriptions of the whiskies produced.
There are generally considered to be five main types of Scotch whisky; Single malt Scotch whisky, Single grain Scotch whisky, Blended malt Scotch whisky, Blended grain Scotch whisky, and Blended Scotch whisky.
Single malt Scotch whisky is the alcoholic drink produced at a single distillery through the use of water and malted barley. The most famous type of Single malt Scotch whisky is probably Glenmorangie.
Single grain Scotch whisky is the description used for the product of a single distillery where water, malted barley and other malted or unmalted cereals. It does not mean the use of a single type of grain, as the necessary use of malted barley in all Scotch whisky makes this an impossibility.
Whisky produced in a single distillery can have a different taste and aroma depending on such things as the oak barrel that the whisky is produced in. As a result the Master blender at a distillery has an important job to ensure that each batch of whisky produced tastes the same as previous batches, blending together whisky produced in various barrels. That being said some distilleries do produce what is known as a Single-barrel Scotch, a Scotch produced exclusively from one barrel.
From the production of Single malt Scotch and Single grain Scotch comes all other types of Scotch whisky.
Blended malt Scotch whisky is the Scotch produced from two or more distilleries production of Single malt Scotch.
Blended grain Scotch whisky is the drink produced from two or more Single grain Scotch produced at two of more distilleries.
Blended Scotch whisky is therefore the product of blending one or more Single malt Scotch with one or more Single grain Scotch. Today blended Scotch whisky is the most widely drunk form of Scotch, with the likes of Johnny Walker an internationally known brand.
Drinkers of Scotch have their favourites and whilst some people might think that Single malt Scotch whisky is the best example of Scotch, the taste of all the other types, including Blended Scotch whisky appeal to many.
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