National Scotch Day

Think it’s strange that National Scotch Day is smack in the middle of summer? We don’t.  Single malts don’t belong to a single season. Scotch whisky is special, as are the moments and company that you enjoy it in.

We’ve put together a Minibar-tender’s Guide for you to refer in those moments to sound smart around that company. 

via National Geographic

via National Geographic

Things to know about Scotch:

-Watch your vowels: The Scots spell it “Whisky” rather than the American “Whiskey”

-It's been around longer than anyone can remember: The first written record of Scottish Distilled Whisky is from 1494 and it’s believed to have been around way before then.

-“Single Malt” means the whisky is made from a mash of malted barley, distilled from a single distillery using a pot still, and aged for at least three years in oak casks.

-There are multiple regions, each with its own unique character, where Scotch is produced. 

via Visitscotlant.com

via Visitscotlant.com

Highland: Smooth and Floral

By far the largest region in the country with a wide variety of styles.

Residents: Oban, Dalwhinie, Dalmore, Glenmorangie

Lowland: Light and Fresh

Few distilleries call the lowlands home these days. These whiskies tend to have a sweet, fruity flavor with a dry finish and make excellent aperitifs.

Residents: Auchentoshan, Glenkinchie

Islands (Islay & Skye): Peaty & Maritime

Sitting off the Eastern Coast of Scotland is the Islands region made up of Islay, Skype, Mull, Orkney, Arran, Jura & Lewis. Expect strong peaty single malts.

Residents: Talisker, Lagavulin, Highland Park

Speyside: Fruity and Delicate

Home to over half of Scotland’s distilleries, Speyside scotches tend to be a sweeter whiskey with a note of smokiness.

Residents: Macallan, Glenrothes, Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Balvenie, Aberlour, Speyburn