Scotch whisky has a complex appeal but taste-wise, this could be intimidating for uninitiated. In this article, I will show you various tips that can help you get started with your journey to appreciating Derby Spirits whisky even more.
Tip number 1. Know your spirit – as a matter of fact, there are 2 very popular ways of spelling whisky and it is either Whiskey or Whisky. Whiskey is mostly used by American and Irish distilleries while Whisky is normally used by Japanese, Canadian and Scottish distilleries. 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. When talking about single malt or single grain whiskies, the word single refers to distillery and not on what kind of grain or malt is used.
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 – much like wine, being able to have knowledge of Derby Spirits and various distilleries and their special properties are integral. To give you an example, malting is where water and barley is mixed to start with the process of fermentation and done in-house by handful of 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. 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.