..and it’s goodbye to care!
Scotch whiskies are generally distilled twice, although some are distilled a third time and
others even up to twenty times. Scotch Whisky Regulations require anything bearing
the label "Scotch" to be distilled in Scotland and matured for a minimum of three years in oak casks,
among other, more specific criteria. An age statement on the bottle, in the form of a number,
must reflect the age of the youngest Scotch whisky used to produce that product.
A whisky with an age statement is known as guaranteed age whisky. Scotch whisky without
an age statement may, by law, be as young as three years old.
The basic types of Scotch are malt and grain, which are combined to create blends. Many,
though not all, Scotch whiskies use peat smoke to treat their malt, giving Scotch its distinctive
smoky flavour. Scotch malt whiskies are divided into five main regions:
Highland, Lowland, Islay, Speyside and Campbeltown.
A recently launched movie named The Angel's Share, the new film from director Ken Loach
and writer Paul Laverty, is playing across the UK and receiving some positive comments.
It's a comedy about a group of offenders on community service who discover the true value
of malt whisky and consider a crazy plan to change their lives. The true definition of
the angel’s share is:-
The amount of alcohol which evaporates from the casks during maturation.
The angels take a share of all whiskies during the maturation process.
About 2% of the volume is lost in this way each year,but much higher in hotter countries such as America.
To view a documentary of how Islay malt Whisky is made click here.
Content extracted from Wikipedia.