As the name suggests, Scotch whisky is the whisky made in Scotland. The country is known for whisky-making, which is an ancient art here, passed down from one generation to another. In Britain, the term ‘whisky’ corresponds to Scotch whisky, unless specified otherwise. Moreover, in English speaking countries of the world, it is referred just as ‘Scotch’. However, most people do not know much about Scotch whisky and tend to be cheated by the sellers. Thus, if you're spending a lot of money on buying that barrel of rich colored Scotch whisky and still not able to savor its natural taste, all is worthless. In effect, one should exercise caution while buying Scotch and make some important observations. To know more, read the tips on how to buy Scotch whisky.
Tips to Buy Scotch Whisky
- While buying a Scotch whisky, look for a label that clearly states ‘Made in Scotland’ or ‘Scotch Whisky.’ Do not give in to labels that state terms like ‘Scottish Whiskey’ as they can be deceiving. The appropriate term to be used is ‘Scotch Whisky’.
- Decide which variety of whisky you want to buy as Scotch whiskies are of five types: single malt, single grain, blended (or pure or vatted), blended grain and blended Scotch whisky. The last three are blends of grains from different distilleries. However, the single malts are the most expensive.
- Another thing that should be considered is the region of origin. Scotland comprises of six Scotch - producing regions, which have their own traditional methods of making whisky. The authentic regions, which are usually listed on the label are, Lowland, Highland (Dalmore, Aberfeldy), Speyside (Glenfiddich, the Glenlivet), the Islands (Orkney), Campbeltown (Glengyle, Glen Scotia) and Islay (Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain). Beware of any other region mentioned on the label.
- Another way of checking the authenticity is by tasting the whisky. You can compare a variety of whiskies by their flavors, which correspond to the age of whisky, depending on different amounts of time. Majority of whiskies are aged for a minimum of eight years, while some are aged for even more. However, though a whisky is aged for a long time, it doesn't authenticate its quality.
- Color is yet another factor, which should be noted while tasting different whiskies. The ones aged in old sherry barrels are usually darker whereas those aged in recycled bourbon barrels tend to be lighter.