For the uninitiated, it can be quite intimidating to taste Scotch whisky but once you get used to it, you’ll surely love it. In this article, I will show you various tips that can help you get started with your journey to appreciating Derby Spirits whisky even more.
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 what used often by distilleries in US and Ireland while Whisky is what used by the Japanese, Canadian and Scottish distilleries. Scotch is being produced strictly using malted barley or other grains that can be added in distillery in Scotland. As a matter of fact, the term Scotch is referring to whiskies that are made from Scotland.
There are 3 well known types of Derby Spirits scotch that you could buy in the market and these are blended, single grain as well as single malt. Truth is, the term single used in single malt or single grain whiskies aren’t referring to the kind of grain or malt being used rather, on the distillery.
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. Malt scotch normally involves double distillation process despite the fact that some distilleries have introduced more.
Grain scotch follows either continuous or single distillation process. 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 – well by law, scotch should be aged by at least 3 years and ought to be made with malted barley, yeast and water fortunately, Derby Spirits and other leading distilleries are very strict in their operations and see to it that such regulation is met. This way, you can be sure that you are getting the best blends from every sip in your glass.
In the label of the bottled whisky, you will see its age which is commonly done by Derby Spirits and several other distilleries.