Mention the name Robbie Burns to anyone & they automatically think scotch! Robbie Burns is Scotland's favorite son - a famous poet & lyricist, yet his birthday is synomous to scotch tasting events complete with haggis & bagpipes. What a way to celebrate a birthday...even 253 years later!
And that is exactly what we are going to do tonight at our scotch tasting! We have invited our Savvy friend & scotch expert Carol Anderson of GrapeScot to lead a scotch tasting featuring 5 delicious Single Malt Scotches. The evening kicks off with a Famous Grouse whisky cocktail, then a few toasts & tributes to Burns & a wee bit of piping.
To whet your palette, Carol offers this quick 'primer' about scotch:
There are over 100 distilleries in Scotland in five protected Scotch whisky regions - Lowland, Highland, Speyside, Campbeltown & Islay.
Malt Scotch Whisky is made from three ingredients: malted barley, yeast & water.
Malting is a process by which the barley is forced to germinate, converting starch to sugar. The malted barley is then dried over a kiln (may or may not contain peat), then ground into a flour called grist. The grist is mixed with water in a mash tun to produce sugary liquid called wort, which is then fermented with yeast & water in a wash back to produce a low alcohol wash. The wash is then distilled, at least twice, in copper pot stills to produce colourless new spirit, then aged in oak barrels for at least 3 years.
Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in one distillery, from multiple casks.
A single cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky is the product of one barrel.
Blended Malt Scotch Whisky contains malt whiskies from multiple distilleries. While Blended Scotch Whisky contains malt whiskies & lighter-flavoured grain whiskies.
Grain whisky is made in a continuous still, from a mash of malted & unmalted mixed grains, producing spirit which is high in alcohol & light in flavour.
The age on a bottle (malt or blend) indicates that of the youngest whisky used in the blend. All scotch whisky must be matured in Scotland in oak casks for no less than three years.
(Slan-ja vah) Good health!