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Kindred Spirit: Scotch Whisky

To truly enjoy a glass of Scotch whisky, it’s important to understand its rich history. To quote author Gavin D. Smith, “Scotch whisky serves as a great ambassador for its native country, and for many people around the world Scotland is Scotch, a drink created from the highest quality and purist ingredients in a climate ideal for maturing it to a peak of perfection.”

Buy lots of Scotch. Learn how to drink it, savor it, and enjoy it. 

Of all the whiskies, Scotch is the most well-known. In its blended and single malt forms combined, Scotch outsells all other noble spirits worldwide and retains an inimitable appeal.

There are two different basic categories of Scotch whisky:

Malt whisky, which is made from malted barley, and grain whisky, which is made from raw grain, such as corn or wheat.

Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Single Grain Scotch Whisky, Blended Scotch Whisky, Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, and Blended Grain Scotch Whisky are all considered types of Scotch.

The production process of Scotch is divided into five steps:

  • Malting
  • Mashing
  • Fermentation
  • Distillation
  • Maturation.

High quality Scotch usually takes at least five years to mature, while some Scotches take over eight. While prices vary, an exceptional Scotch is all about the richness, the balance, and the elegance. Although the price point is higher than a typical spirit, Scotch is not just a drink. It’s an experience.

One of my favorite Scotches is the Single Malt Scotch Whisky from Jura. It’s a warm amber color, silky smooth and slightly toasted, and lovely with a sweet sherry finish. It’s $55 and worth the price.

Another front runner is the Blended Malt Scotch Whisky from Usquaebach. It’s toasty with a smooth nose, elegant, silky, and rich with refined flavors. It’s priced at $200, and is a worthwhile luxury.

For a great drinking glass, try the line from The Neat Glass. Their patented science eliminates the burn of alcohol, and enhances the aroma. They are available here. 

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