Many of you may be inclined to believe that both are one and the same and probably can’t even tell them apart when you drink Scotch or Whiskey, but there are significant differences between these two.
So let’s start with the burning question…What is difference between Scotch and Whiskey?
Whiskey (also spelled whisky) is an alcoholic beverage distilled from grain, which may or may not have been malted while Scotch is whisky made in Scotland and aged in oak barrels for at least three years.
Producers ‘malt’ the barley grain to turn the starch into sugar prior to fermenting, giving Scotch its distinctive smooth flavor. Some also use peat which adds a smoky taste.
This type of distilled alcoholic beverage, also called Scotch Whisky, is made only in Scotland.
To be clear, all Scotch is Whisky, but not all Whisky is Scotch.
Asides geography, another difference between scotch and whisky includes ingredients and spellings. Scotch is whisky made in Scotland, while bourbon is whiskey made in the U.S.A, generally Kentucky. Scotch is made mostly from malted barley, while whisky is distilled from corn. If you’re in England and ask for a whisky, you’ll get Scotch. But in Ireland, you’ll get Irish whiskey (yep, they spell it differently for a little colour).
The first rule of ordering whisky in Scotland is to never call it Scotch. It’s whisky when blended and malt when it’s single-malt. When ordering malt, it’s a faux pas to order it on the rocks because ice numbs the tongue and does not let you appreciate the flavor of the whisky. You can drink malt neat or with a drop of water.
Blended whisky, which constitutes more than 80% of the market, includes brands like Johnnie Walker.
Johnnie Walker Blue Label is a universally- treasured, timeless melodic blend. It has a deft composition of rare and complex flavours that give way to an extraordinary depth.
Only one in every ten thousand casks has the elusive quality, character and flavor to deliver the’ remarkable signature taste of Johnnie Walker Blue Label which makes it the ultimate luxury gift for special occasions.
Recently, the iconic blended scotch whiskey hosted select guests at the The Transcorp Hilton hotel Abuja over the weekend to the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Symphony In Blue event.
Hosted by Global Scotch Brand Ambassador, Tom Jones, the event celebrated the heritage of Johnnie Walker Blue Label and explored the symphony of flavour notes in this rarest of rare whiskies during a tasting session.
The guests were taken on a taste journey through an immersive audio visual experience to fully appreciate the six different flavors of Johnnie Walker Blue Label Reserve: fresh, fruity, notes of malt and wood, spice and bark.
See photos from the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Symphony In Blue event below!
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