- A Single Malt Scotch Whiskey is produced from only water and malted barley at a single distillery by batch distillation in pot stills.
- A blended Scotch Whiskey contains both malt whiskies and grain whiskies. About 90% of all Scotch produced in Scotland are Blended Whiskies.
Also, Scotch Whiskey must be aged a minimum of 3 years in oak barrels before bottled. The aging process stops once the whiskey is removed from the barrel. So if you own a 12 year old bottle a Scotch and keep it lock away in your liquor cabinet for 10 years (Can’t imagine why anybody would do such a thing), your bottle of Scotch is still only 12 years old (So don’t do that). Most Single Malt Scotch Whiskies are aged at least 10 years most are aged 12 years and some are aged up to 25 years. Most blended Scotch is aged at the 3 year level and that’s one of the reasons they cost less.
The first known distillation occurred in the late 1400’s. It was called “lively water” or “water of life”. Like to get my hands (lips) on some of that stuff.
There are 4 regions in Scotland where whiskey is produced Highland, Lowland, Islay and Campbeltown. All regions give their products a unique taste.
Here are some of my favorites:
Balvenie 15 year, only 350 bottles come from any 1 barrel and all bottles are hand numbered. Each bottling forms a limited edition so each bottle is unique and unrepeatable. The nose is one of vanilla, honey and oak. Simply the best!
MaCallan 12 year, aged in Sherry Oak Casks. Not as unique as the Balvenie but delicious just the same. You’ll find hints of grapes, and sherry wine and some might get a hint of chocolate.
Laphroaig 10 year, from the Islay region and the malt barley is dried over a peat fire giving this Scotch Whiskey a smokey pungent and earthy nose. On the tongue one gets a sweet and salty taste.
And by the way, all 3 are available for your pleasure, at any of the Eden Prairie Liquor Stores. Of course many other brands are available for your shopping experience. Come on in and ask me about our Scotch selection.