Whenever 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 famous Scotch whisky comes from Scotland. In fact so synonymous has good whisky become with Scotch that in England if you require a whisky you will be undoubtedly 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 which need to be followed for a whisky to be called a Scotch. The first condition being that this whisky needs to be created specifically in Scotland. Regardless of what specifications tend to be followed, if a whisky isnï¿½t made in Scotland it cannot be called a Scotch. The next thing to remember is that after distillation a whisky needs to be matured or aged in fine oak barrels for a period of a minimum of 3 years. In reality it has 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 very first regulation is that this type of whisky needs to be produced in a Scottish distillery and should be produced with drinking water and malted barley. Additional whole grains can be added to this particular barley. Secondly, this concoction needs to be processed into mash in a distillery and then fermented only with the addition of yeast. The actual distilled spirit should have an alcoholic power of less than 94. 8% by 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 three years. A whisky is declared a Scotch only after it follows these processes and then goes through the color and aroma 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 coloring no external ingredients can be put into enhance taste or appearance. Finally, following following each one of these protocols, a whisky can be declared a Scotch only after it has been through an alcoholic beverages strength check. A Scotch should have the minimum alcoholic strength by volume of 40%.
If you are visiting Scotland, whisky distillery tours have to be on your mind. Almost 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 making. Some are much more comprehensive and take you down to the cellars and let you experience fine whisky in some tasting sessions. You may also go on a whisky trail to collect the full experience of the well-known whiskies of Scotland. Either ways you will emerge a whisky lover.