Scotch whisky has a complex appeal but taste-wise, this could be intimidating for uninitiated. By reading this article, you will learn 3 tips that will help you to get started on your journey to appreciate Derby Spirits whisky.
Tip number 1. Know your spirit – as a matter of fact, there are 2 very popular ways of spelling whisky and it is either Whiskey or Whisky. Whiskey is mostly used by American and Irish distilleries while Whisky is normally used by Japanese, Canadian and Scottish distilleries. There is a strict implementation of producing scotch that it only should be made from malted barley or other grain that could be added in distillery in Scotland. The truth is, any whisky that is made from Scotland is termed as Scotch.
There are 3 major kinds of Derby Spirits scotch that you can buy which include the blended, single grain and single malt. As for the single malt or the single grain whiskies, the word single is referring to the distillery and not on the type of grain or malt that is used.
While the malt whiskies are using malted barley, the grain whiskies are combining both malt and grains. Blended scotch on the other hand is the combination of 2 or several other single grain or single malt whiskies.
Tip number 2. Know the brand or distillery – similar to wine, having knowledge of Derby Spirits and other distilleries as well as its special properties are crucial. To give you an example, malting is where water and barley is mixed to start with the process of fermentation and done in-house by handful of distilleries. In most instances, scotch follows a double distillation process this is regardless that some distilleries introduced more.
As for the process followed by grain scotch, this is either continuous or single distillation. The shape and size of stills being used by distillery are known to affect the final product with some distilleries are taking pains in an effort to replicate its original stills to precise specifications when they are replacing old stills or even adding new ones.
Tip number 3. Know the age – by law, scotch has to be aged for a minimum of 3 years and must be made using malted barley, yeast and water; the good thing is that leading distilleries like Derby Spirits are strict in its operation and make it a point that they follow the regulations. With this said, you know that for every sip in your glass, you are only getting the best blends.
In the label of the bottled whisky, you will see its age which is commonly done by Derby Spirits and several other distilleries.