The Three Types of Scotch Whisky You Should Know About

When first trying to learn about the different whiskies of Scotland, it can be a little overwhelming to differentiate between the different distillations.

However, once you break down the various scotch whisky brands into three separate types of scotch, it becomes much easier to understand the differences of whisky produced in Scotland. The commonality between these types of whisky is simple, however: a scotch whisky is matured in Scotland for a minimum age of three years by a licensed distillery. With that considered, let us take a look at the three different sorts of scotch whisky.

Single malt scotch whisky is one of the most common types of whisky.

It is produced through distillation within a single distillery with few ingredients – just water, barley, and yeast. Some famous brands associated with single malt scotch include Glenfiddich 18 year old whisky and Glenfarclas 40 year old.

Single grain scotch whisky is produced with a combination of various cereal ingredients, such as malted barley and maize.

While being less popular than single malt whisky, the reputation of this type of whisky is growing as more and more distilleries produce it. North British is one such distillery that puts single grain into the forefront of its production.

Blended scotch whisky is broad category for any brand of scotch that combines one or more whiskies of the malt and grain variety with love and care, such as Chivas Regal and Bailie Nicol Jarvie. This category can be further broken down into smaller specifications such as Blended Malt Scotch Whisky and Blended Grain Scotch Whisky. It may seem like semantic to classify whisky by such categories – readers may be yelling, “why not just drink the whisky”? However, considering the love and label distillers put into producing specific types of whisky, it is important to identify and appreciate the different qualities uniqe to each kind of whisky.

Understanding the world of whisky can be a bit challenging.

But knowing the difference between single grain whisky and single malt scotch should be a breeze when you consider the brands and ingredients that each type belongs to. Next time you strike up a conversation with a whisky connoisseur, remember these three types for a boost of confidence. Better yet, expand your whisky collection to include a few different bottlings from each type of scotch. You will feel all the more like a whisky expert when you are able to tell the difference between these types of whisky by a simple taste.

Gregory Burbenne is a great lover of whisky, and is especially keen on the various scotch whisky brands. Whether it’s single malt or blended scotch, Gregory loves to drink it and share his experiences with readers.


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