Scotch whisky is the whisky made in Scotland, mainly from water and malted barley. Read on to explore some fun and interesting facts about Scotch Whiskey.

Facts About Scotch Whisky

Many Scottish distilleries are the only ones that are allowed to spell their Whiskey, ‘Whisky’ and Whiskey’. However, the general consensus is that ‘Whiskey’ is what is used on bottles around the world and ‘Whisky’ is how we would normally spell the world in Scotland. Surprised with this fact? It may also interest you to know that over 10,000 workers are employed in the Scottish Whisky industry. Scotch whisky is the term used in context of whisky that is made in Scotland. Apart from this, Scotch whisky has to be made from water and malted barley, with the additions of only whole grains. At the same time, it must be processed into a mash, at a distillery, which is then converted into a fermentable substrate—only by endogenous enzyme systems and fermented only by the addition of yeast. Scotch whisky must not have less than 40 percent and more than 94.8 ABV (alcohol by volume). Let us know some more fun and interesting facts about Scotch whiskey.
Fun And Interesting Facts About Scotch Whisky
  • In order to be called Scotch whisky, a whisky must be distilled and matured in Scotland.
  • A whisky can be called Scotch whisky only after it has matured for a minimum of three years in oak casks in Scotland.
  • Scotch whisky must be bottled at a minimum strength of 40% ABV i.e. Alcohol by Volume.
  • Scotch whisky is sold in over 200 markets worldwide.
  • There are mainly two types of Scotch whisky - Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Blended Scotch Whisky.
  • Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made from 100% malted barley and distilled at a single distillery.
  • Only 108 distilleries around U.K are licensed to produce and sell Scotch whisky.
  • Blended Scotch whisky is made by blending together a number of single malts and grain whiskies.
  • 90% of all Scotch whisky sold in the market comprises of Blended Scotch Whisky.
  • The whisky in 'Scotch Whisky' is always spelt without an ‘e’.
  • In Britain, the term 'whisky' is taken to mean Scotch whisky only, unless it has been specified otherwise.
  • In English-speaking countries other than England, Scotch whisky is often referred to as simply 'Scotch'.
  • Scotch whisky should not contain any added substance, apart from water and caramel coloring.
  • ‘True whisky drinkers don’t add ice’.
  • The label of a Scotch whisky always contains the words 'Scotch whisky', in which 'whisky' is sometimes capitalized.
  • It is said that over 20 million barrels of Scotch whiskey are currently maturing in the whisky warehouses of Scotland.
  • In case the term 'Scotch' is missing from the label of a whisky, there are strong chances that it has not been made in Scotland.
  • Highest price paid at auction for a Scotch Whisky is £288,000.
  • More Scotch is sold in one month in France than Cognac in a year.
  • If a label contains the words 'single malt' or 'single highland malt', the bottle contains single malt Scotch whisky.
  • The basis of Scotch whisky is the heather-flavored ales made from barley malt.
  • The first documented proof of the existence of a distillery in Scotland dates back to 1494.
  • The exports generated from the Scotch whiskey industry alone in the UK are 4.23 billion Sterling Pounds, annually.
  • Did you know, in China, Scotch drinkers like to mix their scotch with green tea, in Japan with water and ice, in Spain with cola and in the UK, with a little bit of water?
  • Scotch whisky sells nearly 5 times more than regular whisky.
  • An urban legend in Scotland states that there are certain chemicals in whisky that only people that are genetically capable of discerning them can taste, and this usually tastes like a ‘burnt donkey/ass’.

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