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Love of Scotch

Love of Scotch

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Love of Scotch

The love of scotch is as old as the whisky itself. The British Raj, which ruled India
during the 19th century, wanted to introduce scotch to the Indian people. But the
local Indians preferred local drinks. To prove to them that scotch whisky was worth
drinking, they set up a commission to research the different types of the drink. It did
not take long for the British to see that the Indians loved it.

Single-Malt Scotch

If you love single-malt scotch, you may have been looking for the perfect drink. This
style of whisky is characterized by its intense peat flavor, which is acquired by
stopping the malting process and soaking the grain in peat. This scotch is perfect for
Manhattans, Old Fashioneds, and Boulevardiers. While single-malt scotch can be
pricey, it’s worth the money.

As its name suggests, single-malt Scotch is produced from a single distillery. This
particular type of Scotch must be aged in oak barrels for at least three years.
Distilleries are encouraged to experiment with the number of distillations and cask
finishes, but must always adhere to the rules of the whisky industry. This allows
them to create unique flavors.

Blended Scotch

There are a number of blended scotches to choose from. The Ballantine 30-Year-Old
blend of malt and grain whiskies is an award-winning spirit. Its golden color and
flavor combine honey and sweet brown spices, while a spicy peat notes add depth.
It’s easy to drink, too. It makes a delicious drink on its own or with a cigar.

As single malt sales rose in the U.S. last year, they were up 134 percent from 2002,
with 1.7 million cases consumed. Despite these increases, blended scotch still
outsold single malt in terms of overall volume. Blended scotch now accounts for 80
percent of scotch sold in the United States and 7.8 million cases worldwide. The
recent rise of blended scotch is partly responsible for this growth.

Islay Scotch

When it comes to drinking scotch, nothing beats an Islay whisky. This particular style
has a unique smoky character, thanks to its maturation in oak casks near the
Atlantic Ocean. Its peaty flavor is also highly regarded for its medicinal qualities. If
you can find it, I’m sure it’s not cheap.

Islay whisky is made in a number of different ways, some of which have no peat in
them. Some are light to moderately peated, and some are heavily peated. The latter
has an oloro sherry cask, which imparts a touch of black pepper and mineral notes.
The resulting spirit has an extremely pleasant and complex flavor.

Highland Scotch

There is a wide range of flavors and characteristics found in Highland scotch. This
renowned brand is aged in oak casks seasoned with American sherry. The nose of a
Highland peaty whisky is a balance of spice and sweetness, with notes of raisins,
licorice root, and fruit cake. The flavors of this scotch are complemented by its long
finish, which features notes of raisins and burnt cedar.

Currently, scotch is the most popular whisky in the world and has been experiencing
a renaissance of sorts. Last year, the U.S. became a billion-pound export market, and
local liquor stores feature vibrant, colorful bottles of the stuff. Highland scotch is the
ultimate treat, so you have no excuse not to indulge! Just make sure to try a
Highland single malt and enjoy the journey.

Peated Scotch

Peated scotch is a special kind of bourbon. The peat in this kind of spirit is extracted
from barley. Ardmore peated malt is aged in ex-bourbon barrels before being
transferred to traditional quarter casks. This special style of bourbon has become a
rare treat in recent years. The resulting bourbon is often described as sweet, with
peat flavors.

Peated whisky is not for everyone. Some find the taste medicinal or “band-aid.” Even
people who don’t like scotch generally don’t appreciate peated scotch. The
peatiness of a whisky is measured in phenol parts per million (ppm). Often, a whisky
will have a phenol level of zero to fifty parts per million.

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