When you think about Scotland whisky is the first thing that comes to mind. Apart from the breathtaking surroundings, rolling hills as well as beautiful winding highways, whisky is what makes Scotland so famous. The well-known Scotch whisky comes from Scotland. In fact so synonymous has good whisky become with Scotch that in England if you ask for a whisky you’ll be undoubtedly handed a Scotch unless you specify otherwise.
You will find five primary categories of Scotch. These types of categories are single malts, single grain Scotch, blended grain whisky, blended malt Scotch whisky that was previously called a vatted malt or pure malt, and blended Scotch. There are some specifics which have to be adopted for a whisky to be called a Scotch. The very first condition being that this whisky must be made specifically in Scotland. No matter what specifications are followed, if a whisky isnï¿½t made in Scotland it cannot be called a Scotch. The next thing to bear in mind is that after distillation a whisky must be aged or aged in fine oak barrels for a period of at least three 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 guidelines. The first regulation is that this type of whisky has to be produced in a Scottish distillery and should be produced with drinking water and malted barley. Additional whole grains can be put into this particular barley. Secondly, this particular concoction needs to be processed into mash in a distillery and then fermented only by adding yeast. The actual distilled spirit has to have an alcohol strength of less than 94. 8% through volume. This particular 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 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 color and fragrance test.
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 making. Apart from water and plain regulated caramel color no external ingredients can be put into enhance taste or appearance. Lastly, after following all these protocols, a whisky can be declared a Scotch only after it has gone through an alcohol strength test. A Scotch has to have the minimal alcoholic power by volume of 40%.
If you are 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 producing. There might be many type of whisky tours of Scotland. A few tours take you around the distillery and educate you on the technicalities of whisky producing. A few are much more detailed and take you down to the cellars and allow you to experience fine whisky in some tasting sessions. You can even go on a whisky trail to collect the full experience of the well-known whiskies of Scotland. Both ways you’ll emerge a whisky lover.