To put it simply, whisky is a spirit made from grains, using a process of distillation first developed in Asia and brought to Ireland and Scotland by monks.
Although whisky is increasingly made all over the world, no country is more associated with it than Scotland and this website focuses primarily on scotch (with an occasional diversion elsewhere).
In order for a spirit to be called scotch, it must be made in Scotland from just three ingredients – grain, yeast and water. It has to be aged in oak casks for a minimum of 3 years in Oak and it must be bottled at a minimum of 40% alcohol by volume.
There are five categories of scotch whisky…
Single Malt – Distilled from 100% Malted Barley at one Distillery.
Blended Malt – A blend of Malt Whiskies made at multiple Distilleries.
Single Grain – Distilled from different Grains at one Distillery.
Blended Grain – A blend of Grain Whiskies made at multiple Distilleries.
Blended – A Blend of Malt and Grain Whiskies made at multiple Distilleries.
There are more than 120 active distilleries in Scotland with more opening all the time while further afield there are distilleries in Ireland, Japan, Canada, Italy, Taiwan, India, Sweden… not to mention the massive Bourbon and Whiskey industry in the USA. There has never been more whisk(e)y in production than there is today and the quality has never been higher. Truly, we are living in a golden age.