Scotch, often called Scotch for whisky all over the world, is malt or grain whisky made in Scotland. Scotch whisky is defined as a spirit made in Scotland from barley, yeast and water. Scotch whisky is divided into five distinct categories: single malt Scotch whisky, single grain Scotch whisky, blended malt Scotch whisky (formerly called "vatted malt" or "pure malt"), blended grain Scotch whisky, and blended Scotch whisky.
All Scotch whisky must be aged in oak barrels for at least three years. Any age statement on a bottle of Scotch whisky, expressed in numerical form, must reflect the age of the youngest whisky used to produce that product. A whisky with an age statement is known as guaranteed-age whisky.
Whisky is made all over the world but it when it comes to the most famous type, it has to be Scotch. Scotch whisky in 2015 earned £3.85 billion worth of sales to the UK, making it 10% of all the food and drink that leaves the country for export. It is a drink that you will find in every corner of the world. But what exactly is Scotch whisky?
Scotland has been producing whisky for many hundreds of years but the oldest written piece of evidence is from the Exchequer Rolls from 1494.
Today Scotland has over 115 different Scottish distilleries, some of which are working around the clock to produce what must surely be the most famous style of whisky in the world.