When scotch is aged, it interacts with the casks and draws flavor, as well as color from the wood. Throughout the maturation process, the flavor increases and it begins to take on the golden color of the oak barrel in which is rests. The longer it is stored and the better quality of the cask, the smoother it can become.
To be considered scotch, it is said that this liquid gold must age in Scotland for at least here years. Most are aged eight-twenty years. The older the scotch is, the more rare and expensive it becomes. For example, a twenty-five-year-old Highland Park single malt is well over $200 a bottle.
Now let’s talk single malt verses blended. The basic difference is the distillation process. Single malt whiskey is produced in a single distillery, creating what many would consider an enjoyable earthy flavor. This process is more tedious and can take longer, making it more coveted and expensive than blended scotch. Glenmorangie and Glenlivet are tasty single malts that won’t break the bank. Chivas Regal and Macallan are very popular single malts as well.
Blended scotch is the blend of two or more malt and grain whiskeys. Skilled blending has also been known to produce very pleasing flavor. Some popular blended scotch’s include Johnny Walker, Dewers and J&B.
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