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Single Malt

uses solely barley grain and is made at a single distillery

Single Grain

made at a single distillery but encompasses multiple grains ex. barley AND corn/ wheat




-- small category (rare on its own since most is used in blends)

Blended Malt

made with only barley but incorporates multiple distilleries (multiple single malts)

Blended Grain

blend of two or more single grain whiskeys from different distilleries (small category)

Blended Scotch

one or more single malts with one or more single grains


VAST majority

Regions

Islay


Speyside


Cambelttown


Highlands


Lowlands


(Islands)

Islay

island-- "whiskey island"


small region but with 9 operating distilleries




smoky and "peaty"




Laphroaig


Bowmore

Speyside

region located within Highlands-




greatest number of operating distilleries, approx. half




mellow, sweet, fruity




Glenfiddich


Glenviet


Macallan

Highlands

largest geographic area -- speyside falls within




malts vary greatly in character -- range from dry to sweet and at times have a touch of smoky peat




Dalmore


Oban

Lowlands

diminished region - only three working distilleries




soft and light, very malty and grassy character, subtle delicate aromas




Auchentoshan 12 yr, American oak


Glenkinchie 12 yr

Islands

unofficial "6th" region


considered part of the high land region (off the mainland)




very varied, little in common across




Highland Park


Island of Jura






Campbeltown

once home to dozens of distilleries, is now more of a past relic


only three still operating




little peat and salt to them, medium to full bodied




Springbank

Age

refers to the youngest whisky used in the bottle (not the average age)



Cask Strength

whisky that is bottled straight from the barrel, undiluted by water




packs a higher ABV punch typically




richer and fuller in flavour

Potstill

large pot section that is heated and a longer, thinner region that catches the condensation to be separated

Column still

"refined" version of the potstill


operate more efficiently

Sourcing

acquiring a whisky made elsewhere, branding it and marketing as one's own brand

Finishing

acquiring a whisky, re-distilling usually for a shorter period of time in a different type of cask producing new flavours

Mash bill

the ratios of the grains being used to produce the whisky




ex. to be considered Bourbon, must have minimum 51% corn, whereas single malt scotch is 100% Barley