The main difference is the location where Scotch and Whisky are made. The second important difference is the ingredients and spelling. Scotch is whisky and made in Scotland. While Bourbon is distilled from corn, Scotch is mostly made from malted barley.
Scotch is made in three regions in Scotland. These regions are Speyside, Lowland, and Highland.
The Single Malt Scotch Whisky has to be produced and bottled in Scotland. It is made from 100 percent malted barley and and has to be distiller in just one distillery. There are also single malts that come from just one barrel (single barrel), and then there are blends (made from different barrels within the same distillery).
Let me start by stating that there is no "right or wrong" selection of a scotch or whisky. It is a very personal choice. Your journey might begin with a bar or with a recommendation by a friend or even the bartender. You should start with a spirit that is gentle and not overwhelming. You might want to initially stay away from a peated dram, looking for a smooth and sweet start. The price of the selection is not a reflection of the quality of the pour. Breaking the bank and being disappointed is not worth it. Most stores have a substantial selection of small bottles, which will open the world of spirits for you.
Enjoy your journey!
This is an interesting question. I always wondered what it was called when I saw my whisky running down on the inside of my glass. We see the "legs" when we purposely, or by accident, swirl the whisk(e)y in the glass. The whisky flows down on the inside of your glass. This was one of many the wonderful things I enjoyed watching when I started drinking whisky and bourbon and paying attentiion to it.
The beautiful thing about the legs is what they reveal about the whisky. They indicate the strength and the character of the whisky. If the whisky runs down the glass faster, it will be an indicator that you have a lighter whisky. When you see the whisky taking its time to make it down to the bottom, you will have a more substantial and robust dram in your glass. There are also indicators regarding the strength of the whisky.
The message you might want to take with you, “A young whisky runs fast and has thinner legs.
It is amazing to see how the color of the clear Scotch changes when it finally makes its way into the barrel. Over time, as the Scotch is aging in the barrel, it gets darker.
You might have heard of the “Angel’s Share” which is the amount of spirit that will diminish. Reading about it, I learned that it is about 4% per year from the barrel. That is one of the reasons that a 30 years old bottle can become very pricey.
I have a bottle that my Dad gave me many years ago. It is still sealed and in a dark and dry place in my basement. I was recently asked, how long the bottle will stay that way. As a general rule, if you have a sealed bottle, it can last at least 10 years. Needless to say, many of the bottles that you can see at auctions today, can be centuries old. It all depends on how you store your bottles.
The history of Scotch is about 500 years in the making. Scotch has reached 175 countries around the world. The number of bottles shipped every second is tremendous (about 40 bottles), and the industry is supporting tens of thousands of jobs throughout Scotland. It all goes back to Friar John.
Looking into the Scotch tax records, there is the recording an entry on June 1st, 1495, “to Friar John Cor, by order of the King, to make aqua vitae VII bolls of malt.” The Latin term aqua vitae meaning ‘water of life’. The English then recorded the word as ‘whisky’.
We were recently asked what a Blended Scotch Whisky is, and what it requires to be called that. The “blended” requires that there is a mix of dozens of different malt whiskies, combined with grain whisky, and this will create the desired blend.
When focusing on the individual percentages of each malt whisky may be small. Each of the blends contributes to the blend with its own, often very unique characters, resulting in the blend that you are looking for. The blender has to buy or produce different malt whiskies to get the same blend over and over again.
Highlands, Scotland- Matured at The Macallan distillery for a minimum of 12 years in Sherry oak casks from Spain, this is a classic, full-bodied Single Malt. Deliciously smooth palate of dried fruits, spice and wood smoke, leads to notes of flowers and sherry on the finish.
Hugely popular Irish blend, renowned for its affinity with ginger ale. The default springboard into the fascinating world of Irish whiskey, Jameson's quality has improved massively in the last 10-15 years and it's one of Jim Murray's favourites, with 95 points in the Whisky Bible 2013.
It is blended to a very old recipe whisky from the Speyside Glen, blanched with whisky from the Highlands, which makes it a fruity, sweet, floral robust, very well rounded, smooth blend. It has toffee, citrus, and fruity notes to the nose, with a gentle, sweet finish. Great as an everyday whisky.
Glenfiddich is a Speyside single malt Scotch whisky produced by William Grant & Sons in Dufftown, Scotland. Glenfiddich means "valley of the deer" in Scottish Gaelic, which is why the Glenfiddich logo is a stag. We have a variety of Glenfiddich bottles, and right now we enjoy them all at different times and occasions.
Very light nose with malt and vanilla making up the core of the aroma. Hints of light orchard fruit, citrus, honey, graham cracker and a sweet strawberry like sweetness make up the rest. Like the nose this is a very lightly flavored whisky