Understanding a Scotch Label

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If you are looking for a true scotch whisky then the label should say exactly that, if the spelling is different, than that it is not made in Scotland rather it is made elsewhere. Look for the words single malt they can be broken up yet they will say single malt if that is what it is. The only way to identify a true single malt whisky is to do research, never take the name as it’s word on quality; many names have been forged to hide the identity of the true distiller.

If the alcohol content per volume reads more than fifty percent then it would be best to water down this malt as it is rated by cask strength and will be stronger please do not mistake percentage with proof. And finally check the date of bottling it does not age once bottled.

The True Single Malt

 

A true single malt whiskey is a brew that is distilled in one place. There is no inclusion of any other blends of grain whiskey in this product. A single cask whiskey has been in one cask and not transferred to accommodate other blends. This whiskey, when full strength, can exceed sixty percent alcohol by volume.

 

Most single malts are bottled at between forty and forty-six percent as the legal limit is set at a minimum of forty percent. Ask strength is a term used when the alcohol level is still relatively high and the brew has not been watered down or if it has been the addition of water was low. Cask strength is not always merely one cask it can be from several casks inclusively.

 

Given that there is approximately six to nine different regions in Scotland that actually have proven distilleries, the characteristics of the malt can vary considerably. They all have their own unique techniques and style to producing their malts and each produce a flavor all their own. 

 

 

 

The First Bottle:  History of Scotch

 

Scotch is one of the most consumed alcoholic beverages of all time, after all it has been around for hundred of years however, little thought is usually given to the actual origin of this popular drink.  As the name suggests, Scotch was originally produced in Scotland by Friar John Cor.  After distillation was introduced by Scottish monks in 1494, fine scotch became a popular drink.  

 

To the dismay of Scotch and other whiskey drinkers, whiskey was first taxed in 1644.  This caused a rise in the number of what we would today call “bootleggers” who made and sold Scotch whiskey illegally.  Later in 1823, the Scottish Parliament made it easier for one to own a licensed distillery and harder for illegal whiskey stills to stay in business.   This began the modern production of Scotch whiskey.

 

Today, fine scotch whiskey production is much more technologically advanced:  It has to be in order to keep up with the demand for this popular drink.  However, you won’t find fine Scotch made here in the U.S, in order to adorn the name “Scotch” the whiskey must be distilled and matured in Scotland.

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