Scotch Whisky is a Scottish distilled alcohol manufactured from grains, water, and yeast. It is usually made from barley or wheat but can also be made from corn or potatoes. The distillation process removes all the grain's nutrients except for alcohol, which becomes part of the whisky. Although Scotch is often thought of as a single type of whisky, there are actually several different types of scotch. They are called brands or styles and they differ in their taste, color, and age range. For example, young scotch is white or pale colored and has a mild flavor, while old scotch is brown or gold colored and more flavorful.
Scotch is not a spirit, it is a kind of whisky. There are many other kinds of whisky including Irish whiskey, Canadian whiskey, Japanese whiskey, Indian whiskey, and American whiskey. All these varieties are non-spiritual beverages produced after the fermentation of sugars from cereal grains (usually maize or wheat). They differ mainly by the way they are fermented and aged after production. For example, Canadian whisky is mostly made up of malt whisky that is then flavored with fruits or herbs to make it more appealing to consumers.
Scotch is officially whiskey (spelled without the "e") distilled and aged in Scotland. It is mostly created from malted barley, as opposed to bourbon, which is made from maize. Scotch tastes similar to bourbon, but with a distinct "bite" dragging down the back of your taste senses.
There are several different types of scotch, depending on how it is being produced. There is white scotch, which is simply unblended whisky. Black scotch is also unblended, but it may contain small amounts of colorants to give it a black or brown color. Brown scotch has caramel coloring added during production. Blended scotch is a mixture of different types of whisky (usually 12 years old or more) that have varying levels of alcohol by volume. The term "cask strength" is often used to describe the final product of a blended scotch, since they usually contain about 46% alcohol by volume.
Scots law prohibits the sale of alcohol other than scotch under the age of 18. Therefore, only blenders can add ingredients to scotch, such as caramel color, oak chips, and vanilla. They can also adjust the proof (alcohol by volume), if required for sale purposes. Blending companies must follow strict guidelines to ensure that the finished product does not violate any laws in its various markets. For example, in England, whisky cannot contain more than 14% alcohol by volume.
A whiskey may only be termed Scotch if it is distilled in Scotland according to strict guidelines. Single malt whiskey, on the other hand, can be distilled anywhere. Although many countries produce whiskey, only four countries produce more than 50% of the world's whiskey: Japan, Germany, France, and America.
Whisky is the term used for alcohol produced by distilling grain (usually wheat or corn) or potatoes. The word comes from the Scottish Gaelic uisge beatha ("water of life"), which refers to pure spring water. Whisky also gets its name because it was originally made from the leftovers of beer production. Before modern techniques were developed, there was very little else available to drink after the beer went bad.
In Britain, Ireland, and Australia, whisky usually means a product that is produced from malted barley and distilled at a proof level of 40% ABV or higher. In North America, however, whisky can be produced with any type of grain, even sugarcane, and does not have to be 40% alcohol by volume. Some Canadian whiskeys are as high as 150% abv!
There are three main types of whisky: single malt, blended malt, and rye.
Whiskey varieties include Bourbon and Scotch. Bourbon is derived mostly from maize mash in the United States, but Scotch is made in Scotland and is often prepared from malted grains, particularly single malt Scotch. Whiskey can be distilled from many different crops including wheat, corn, or even potatoes. Although most brands of whiskey are produced from corn, some are made from barley or wheat.
Bourbon is generally considered to be a type of whiskey that is at least 80% corn (the rest can be any combination of barley, wheat, or other grains). It can also contain sugar as well as yeast during fermentation. These factors greatly influence the taste of the final product. Scotch is usually defined as a type of whisky that is more than 51% grain (including corn) by volume. There are several types of scotch including white, red, and black. White scotch is made from completely fermented corn grits, while red and black scotch are produced after the distillation process has been started but before it's finished.
All types of whiskey must meet federal requirements for alcohol content before they can be sold. In addition, certain states have their own laws regarding what can be called "whiskey." For example, in Kentucky, whiskey cannot contain more than 16% alcohol by volume.