Distilled Spirits - Scotch Whisky
The official categories of Scotch Whisky according to regulations include Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Single Grain Scotch Whisky, Blended Scotch Whisky, Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, and Blended Grain Scotch Whisky. Each of these categories has specific production requirements and must be highlighted on the label.
Single malt Scotch whisky is produced using malted barley and distilled in pot stills. On the other hand, single grain Scotch whisky may contain unmalted barley and other cereals and is distilled in continuous column stills known as Coffey stills. While there are multiple malt whisky distilleries, there are currently only seven grain whisky distilleries, primarily located in the Lowlands, Scotland.
Scotch whisky combines history, tradition, and marketing for its international dissemination. It is recognized as a high-quality beverage, and each label can identify the distillery or provide details about the product. The alcohol content is typically between 40% and 46%, and lower alcohol content may indicate an economical or locally produced whisky.
Scotch whisky is an appreciated and globally recognized drink, with a wide variety of styles and flavors that adhere to the standards established by Scottish regulations and traditions.