Whenever you think about Scotland whisky is the first thing that comes to mind. Apart from the spectacular scenery, rolling hills as well as beautiful winding roads, whisky is what makes Scotland so well-known. The famous Scotch whisky originates from Scotland. In fact so synonymous has good whisky become with Scotch which in England if you ask for a whisky you will be inevitably handed a Scotch if you don’t specify otherwise.
There are five main categories of Scotch. These categories are single malts, single grain Scotch, blended grain whisky, blended malt Scotch whisky which was previously called a vatted malt or pure malt, and blended Scotch. There are several specifics that have to be adopted for a whisky to be known as a Scotch. The very first condition being that this whisky must be created specifically in Scotland. No matter what specifications tend to be followed, if a whisky isn�t produced in Scotland it can’t be called a Scotch. The following point to bear in mind is that after distillation a whisky needs to be matured or aged in fine oak barrels for a period of at least 3 years. In reality it’s been made compulsory to write the age statement on the bottle.
According to the Scotch Whisky regulations for any whisky to be called a Scotch it’s to clear some rules. The first regulation is that this type of whisky has to be produced in a Scottish distillery and should be made with drinking water and malted barley. Other whole grains can be added to this particular barley. Secondly, this particular concoction has to be processed into mash in a distillery and then fermented only by adding yeast. The distilled spirit should have an alcohol power of less than 94. 8% by volume. This spirit now has to be left to mature in oak casks in warehouses in Scotland. The capacity of the oak casks is also regulated and cannot exceed seven hundred liters. The actual whisky also needs to mature for at least 3 years. A whisky is declared a Scotch only after it follows these processes and then goes through the colour and aroma check.
In order to become a Scotch, the whisky must manage to retain the aroma, color and taste of the raw materials that go into its producing. Apart from drinking water and basic regulated caramel coloring no external substances can be added to enhance flavor or appearance. Lastly, following following all these protocols, a whisky can be declared a Scotch only after it has gone through an alcoholic beverages strength check. A Scotch should have the minimum alcoholic power by volume of 40%.
If you’re visiting Scotland, whisky distillery tours need to be in your thoughts. Just about all distilleries have tours that take the visitor and introduce him to the fine art of whisky making. There can be many type of whisky tours of Scotland. Some tours take you around the distillery and teach you the technicalities of whisky producing. Some are even more comprehensive and take you down to the cellars and allow you to experience fine whisky in some tasting sessions. You may also go on a whisky trail to gather the full experience of the actual well-known whiskies of Scotland. Either ways you will emerge a whisky lover.