Scotch Whisky
Scotch Whisky is the most popular spirit in the world and a staple of every Home Bar.

There are five Whisky regions in Scotland. Islands are sometimes mentioned as the sixth region, but are not officially recognized. The largest region in terms of the number of distilleries is Speyside that is home to over half of all Scotch distilleries, while Campbelton only remains home to three. It's surrounded by the Highland Whisky region. Some of the Scotch Whisky regions - Islay and Lowland, for instance - produce a very distinctive style of Scotch, while others are known for their versatilty, but knowing what part of Scotland a Whisky is from, should give you some general idea about its taste.

Scotch Whisky can be made from malted barley (in this case it's called malt Whisky) or from other grains, like corn or wheat (grain Whisky). Only when a malt Whisky is produced at a single distillery, it's called single malt. The rest (which is roughly 95% of the time) is blended Scotch, which means it's a blend of Whiskies from different distilleries.

When tasting Scotch Whisky, try it first on its own (neat), and add ice or water later. While you're not prohibited of drinking it with Coke, we strongly advise against it. Aromas and flavours of Scotch will get lost and you will not be able to truly taste and appreciate them.

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Can Scotch go bad?

Technically, an unopened bottle of Scotch can last forever. Air is the only true evil to Whisky; once the liquid is oxidized it is no longer immortal.

After opening, as long as you store your Whisky in a cool, dry place, it will last another 5 years.
Has the largest number of distilleries
Effectively, all the areas surrounding the Speyside region
Unrecognised sub-region of Highlands
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Located south of the imaginary line between Glasgow & Edinburgh
A small, rugged island off the west coast of the mainland
Area around the town on the Kintyre peninsula
Scotch Whisky Regions
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