Scotch Whisky Types

Although Scotch Whisky is regulated by a strict set of regulations pertaining to its production, there are a number of styles of Scotch whisky on the market today.

Types of Scotch

Single Malt: Single Malt is a whisky that has been made by a single distillery, using only malted barley and water. It will contain no other grains and must be produced and bottled in Scotland.

Single Grain: Not sold very commonly, single grain whisky is generally produced from one grain distillery, using continuous distillation methods, from one single grain.

Blended Whisky: A blended Scotch is whisky made from at least one or more single malt whiskies, aided by the blending of single grain whisky to achieve a desired flavour profile.

Blended Malt: Not very common, a blended malt whisky (otherwise known ads as  vatted malt or pure malt) is a whisky blended from two or more single malt whiskies.

Blended Grain: A blended grain Scotch is similar to that of a blended malt, except it utilizes two or more single grain Scotch whiskeys from at least two separate distilleries. They are then blended together to create a single batch of whisky.

History of Scotch

Usquebaugh, the gaeolic etymology word for Whisky, is intrinsically connected to the practice of trying to distill the water of life, or ‘Aqua Vitae’, in Scotland as long ago as the 15th century.

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