Types of Scotch Whisky

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Scotch Whisky Regulations

Produced at a distillery only in Scotland.

Distilled using a mash of grain, yeast and water only

Matured in oak casks in Scotland for a minimum of three years.

Bottled at no less than 40% ABV.

Single or Blended Whiskies

Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Single malt whisky is the product of a single Scottish distillery and can contain only malt whisky of varying ages, casks and alcohol strengths bottled at no less than 40% ABV. Each distillery has its own unique flavour profile normally available in a variety of ages and styles. Popular single malt whisky distillery brands include Glenlivet, The Macallan, Laphroaig and Glenfiddich.

Single Grain Scotch Whisky

Single grain whisky is the product of a single Scottish distillery and can contain grain whisky of varying ages, casks and alcohol strengths. The cereals may include corn or maize or barley or rye in any proportion. Well known single grain distilleries include Port Dundas, Invergordon and Cameronbridge.

Blended Scotch Whisky

A mixture of whisky produced at any number of distilleries. Both malt and grain whisky may be included and the contents may come from a variety of casks and a variety of vintages. Generally the more expensive bottles contain a greater proportion of malt whisky and a greater proportion of older whisky. The recipe for each blend is created by a skilled Master Blender. You might recognise blended Scotch brands such as Johnnie Walker, Bell's and Famous Grouse.