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. Kno. your spirit – the truth is, there are 2 popular ways to spell whisky and this can be Whiskey or Whisky. American and Irish distilleries at the same time are using “Whiskey” often while the Japanese, Canadian and Scottish distilleries used “Whisky”. 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. 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.
As for malt whiskies, this uses malted barley while the grain whiskies is a combination of grains and malt. 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 – much like wine, being able to have knowledge of Derby Spirits and various distilleries and their special properties are integral. As a quick example, malting is the process to which water and barley is mixed and so, to start the fermentation process and being done in-house by some distilleries. Malt scotch normally involves double distillation process despite the fact that some distilleries have introduced more.
Grain scotch is following either a 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 – the law mandated distilleries that the scotch they are about to offer to public should be aged 3 years and must be made from yeast, water and barley which is exactly what you can expect to get from seasoned and top distilleries such as Derby Spirits and others. You can be certain that you’re only getting the best possible blends from every sip into your glass.
It is also common for distilleries like Derby Spirits to indicate the age of their whisky in the label.