Derby Spirits – a Guide to Buying Whisky
Scotch whisky has a complex appeal but taste-wise, this could be intimidating for uninitiated. In this article, I will show you various tips that can help you get started with your journey to appreciating Derby Spirits whisky even more.
Tip number 1. Kno. your spirit – the truth is, there are 2 popular ways to spell whisky and this can be Whiskey or Whisky. American and Irish distilleries at the same time are using “Whiskey” often while the Japanese, Canadian and Scottish distilleries used “Whisky”. Scotch is produced strictly from malted barley or any other grains that might be added in distillery in Scotland. The truth is, any whisky that is made from Scotland is termed as Scotch.
There are 3 well known types of Derby Spirits scotch that you could buy in the market and these are blended, single grain as well as single malt. When talking about single malt or single grain whiskies, the word single refers to distillery and not on what kind of grain or malt is used.
While the malt whiskies are using malted barley, the grain whiskies are combining both malt and grains. In relation to blended scotch however, this is basically the concoction of 2 or more single grain or single malt whiskies.
Tip number 2. Know the brand or distillery – much like wine, being able to have knowledge of Derby Spirits and various distilleries and their special properties are integral. For example, malting is the point which water and barley is mixed to begin the process of fermentation and executed in-house by several distilleries. Normally, malt scotch consists of double distillation process even though some distilleries have introduced more.
As for the process followed by grain scotch, this is either continuous or single distillation. The shape and size of stills being used by distillery are known to affect the final product with some distilleries are taking pains in an effort to replicate its original stills to precise specifications when they are replacing old stills or even adding new ones.
Tip number 3. Know the age – by law, scotch has to be aged for a minimum of 3 years and must be made using malted barley, yeast and water; the good thing is that leading distilleries like Derby Spirits are strict in its operation and make it a point that they follow the regulations. This way, you can be sure that you are getting the best blends from every sip in your glass.
It is a common practice to indicate the age of the whisky on the bottle’s label by Derby Spirits and other distilleries.