Take a sip of the "water of life"

Scotch whisky, produced entirely in Scotland and matured for at least three years in oak barrels, is known for its rich aromas, complex flavors and diverse regional varieties. Try a bold, peaty Scotch from Islay or an elegant, sweet Scotch from Speyside, and find the drink you’ll want to relax with at the end of a long day.

The Language of Scotch

Age: determined by the amount of time the spirit (the youngest spirit if in a blend) has spent in oak casks

The Angels' Share: the alcohol that evaporates during maturation in the cask

Balance: the composition of flavors and how well they complement each other

Clarity: the brightness or cloudiness of a whisky

Color: the appearance determined by the type of oak cask used and the length of maturation

Dram: a "wee" measure of whisky

Legs: the trails left on the inside of the glass after whisky is swirled; thicker, slow-moving legs usually indicate an older whisky, and long legs usually indicate high alcohol content

Maturation: the aging process within an oak cask (not in the bottle)

Nose: the aroma of a whisky

Peat: organic matter used as fuel to dry the malted barley for some whiskies, giving them a distinctive smoky aroma and flavor

Viscosity: the thickness of a whisky

Types of Scotch Whiskey

Single-Malt Scotch Whisky:

Distilled at a single distillery from 100-percent malted barley

Single-Grain Scotch Whisky:

Distilled at a single distillery from malted barley and other whole grains

Blended Malt Scotch Whisky:

A blend of more than one single-malt Scotch from more than one distillery

Blended Scotch Whisky:

a blend of one or more single-malts and one or more single-grains

Blended Grain Scotch Whisky:

a blend of more than one single-grain Scotch from more than one distillery

More than


brands and counting

Scotch Regions

1. Speyside

Mellow, sweet

2. Highland

Varied, balanced

3. Lowland

Light, malty

4. Campeltown

Medium to full-bodied

5. Islay

Smokey, peaty

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