Scotland: Whisky & Distilleries
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Alcohol made from grain (malted or not) which is produced in Scotland
is called WHISKY while it is called WHISKEY if
it is produced in USA or Ireland.
American whiskey is called Bourbon, and is made from grain (at least 51% corn (maize))
The Scotch whisky is generally double distilled (see how whisky is made), while Irish whiskey is generally distilled three times.
Whisk(e)y is made from grain (generally
barley, but other grains may be used, such as corn of wheat) while
Cognac (and Armagnac) is produced from grapes.
The fabrication process is however similar: all the art consists of extracting sugar and transforming it into alcohol.
A whisky which has been produced in Scotland,
and which stayed there for at least 3 years is oak casks may be
called "Scotch Whisky". It is a "appellation d'origine".
A "Single Malt" is a whisky made from malted barley in one distillery.
A "Pure Malt" is a whisky made from malted barley. This appellation has no official character, and can be used as well for whisky from one or more distilleries.
A "Vatted Malt" is a whisky made from malted barley, and is a mix of single malts from different distilleries.
A "Blended Whisky" (blend) is a mix of malt whisky (generally from different distilleries) and grain whisky. (not malted)
The Classic Malts series is an initiative of the greatest group of Scottish distillery owners (Diageo) to introduce the different whisky producing areas in Scotland. This series has been created in 1985 and the following distilleries are represented:
This collection is an excellent introduction to single malt
Whisky is an alcoholic drink. Let's prefer quality to quantity as the abuse of alcohol beverages can damage the health. Consuming alcoholic drinks during pregnancy, even in small quantities, can seriously affect the health of the child. Consumption of alcohol impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery, and may cause health problems.
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|WDTS: blind tasting sessions||List of all distilleries||How whisky is made||Central Highlands, Eastern Highlands, Northern Highlands,Western Highlands|
|Recent tastings||Distillery owners||Whisky history||Speyside|
|Visitors notes||The independent bottlers||All the bottles in collection||Lowlands|
|Post your own notes||The distilleries in their historical context||By order of preference||Islay|
|Interactive map of the distilleries||By order of value for money||Campbeltown|