Independent bottler Most malt distilleries sell a significant amount of whisky by the cask for blending, and sometimes to private buyers as well. Starting from Novemberno Scotch whisky could be labelled as a vatted malt or pure malt, the SWR requiring them to be labelled blended malt instead. Processed at that distillery into a mash Converted at that distillery to a fermentable substrate only by endogenous enzyme systems Fermented at that distillery only by adding yeast Distilled at an alcoholic strength by volume of less than If the whisky is not diluted before bottling, it can be labelled as cask strength.
Blended malt Scotch whisky means a blend of two or more single malt Scotch whiskies from different distilleries.
The Islandsan unrecognised sub-region includes all of the whisky-producing islands but excludes Islay: They may instead identify only the general geographical area of the source, or they simply market the product using their own brand name without identifying their source.
The regulations changed the formal definition of blended Scotch whisky to achieve this result, but in a way that reflected traditional and current practice: The definition of manufacture is "keeping for the purpose of maturation; and keeping, or using, for the purpose of blending, except for domestic blending for domestic consumption".
According to the Scotch Whisky Association, Scotch whisky evolved from a Scottish drink called uisge beatha, which means "water of life".
Three types of blends are defined for Scotch whisky: The earliest record of distillation in Scotland occurred as long ago asas documented in the Exchequer Rollswhich were records of royal income and expenditure. Many independent bottlings are from single casks, and they may sometimes be very different from an official bottling.
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An "official bottling" or "proprietary bottling"by comparison, is from the distillery or its owner. One may also encounter the term " single cask ", signifying the bottling comes entirely from one cask.
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The Highlands is by far the largest region in Scotland both in area and in whisky production. Speyside gets its name from the River Speywhich cuts through this region and provides water to many of the distilleries. It has the largest number of distilleries, which includes: Single malt Scotch whisky means a Scotch whisky produced from only water and malted barley at a single distillery by batch distillation in pot stills.
Blended malt[ edit ] Blended malt whisky —formerly called vatted malt or pure malt terms that are now prohibited in the SWR —is one of the least common types of Scotch: According to the Scotch Whisky Association, allowing non-Scotch whisky production in Scotland would make it difficult to protect Scotch whisky as a distinctive product. The Lowland distillers, who had no opportunity to avoid taxation, complained that un-taxed Highland whisky made up more than half the market.
The southernmost region of Scotland.