Smart Ideas: Alcohols Revisited

November 14, 2017

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Derby Spirits – a Guide to Buying Whisky

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. Know your spirit – Whiskey or Whisky are basically the two popular ways on how people are spelling whisky. Whiskey is mostly used by American and Irish distilleries while Whisky is normally used by Japanese, Canadian and Scottish distilleries. Scotch is produced strictly from malted barley or any other grains that might be added in distillery in Scotland. The truth is, any whisky that is made from Scotland is termed as Scotch.

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. 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 size and the shape of the stills that are used by distillery can affect the final product while other distilleries take pains in order to replicate the original stills to its precise specifications when replacing old stills or when they want to add 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. With this said, you know that for every sip in your glass, you are only getting the best blends.

In the label of the bottled whisky, you will see its age which is commonly done by Derby Spirits and several other distilleries.