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Scotch - A whiskey distilled from water and malted barley.|
Scotch is generally of two types Blended and Single Malt.
Grain Whiskey is another type primarily used to make blended whiskeys. In addition to water and malted barley, it may also be produced from whole grains of other malted or unmalted cereals.
Scotch is classified by regions where they are produced. The official list of regions is established by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) and has changed over time. e.g. Speyside was part of Highlands but is now a separate region; Campbeltown has been in and out of the list. Islands is considered a separate region by many, but SWA considers it part of the Highlands.
Blended: The average blended whisky is 60%-85% grain whisky.
Single Malt: (number of distilleries)
They've now created a new web site Malts.com adding the following to their classics list: Caol Ila (Islay), Cardhu, Knockando, The Singleton of Glendullan, Glen Elgin (Speyside), Clynelish, Royal Lochnagar (Highlands).
There is nothing unique about these that make them classic it just seems to be a marketing tool for Diageo.
98 wilson & morgan caol ila 15 year old cask strength (1990) 95 talisker distiller's edition 94 glenmorangie 15 years old sauternes wood finish 91 talisker 25 year old 91 lagavulin distiller's edition 15 years old 90 The macallan fine oak 18 years old 90 glenfiddich caoran reserve 12 years old 90 aberlour a'bunadh 88 the macallan 18 years old 87 glengoyne 17 years old 87 lagavulin 12 year old natural cask strength 87 glenkinchie distillers edition 87 the glenlivet 16 year old nadurra 86 the macallan 10 years old cask strength 86 the macallan 12 years old 86 glengoyne 15 years old scottish oak wood finish
85 the macallan fine oak 15 years old 85 the glenlivet 21 years old 83 cragganmore 1991 distillers edition 82 the macallan cask strength 82 the glenlivet 12 years old 82 glenfiddich ancient reserve 18 years old 80 arran malt cru bourgogne finish 80 the glenlivet 18 years old 80 oban 14 year old 79 cragganmore 12 years old 78 dalwhinnie 15 years old 78 glenkinchie 10 years old 77 the glenlivet nadurra 16 year old (06 2006) 76 cragganmore 10 year old cask strength 72 glenfiddich gran reserva 21 years old 71 the macallan 10 years old 67 aberlour 10 year old
Mixed Drinks with Scotch, Drambuie and GlayvaRob Roy or Thistle (a Scotch Manhattan) 1 1/2 oz Scotch 1/4 oz sweet vermouth Angostura bitters (or Peychaud's ) (optional) Combine the scotch, sweet vermouth and dry vermouth in a mixing glass half-filled with ice cubes. Stir well, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a maraschino cherry or a lemon twist. Dry Rob Roy - made with dry vermouth. Perfect Rob Roy - made with equal parts sweet and dry vermouth. Bobby Burns There are two recipes for the Bobby Burns. 2 ounces blended Scotch whisky 1 ounce Italian (sweet) vermouth 1 dash Angostura bitters (or if you have Peychaud's on hand, give that a spin) 2 dashes Drambuie® OR Bénédictine Note: Some recipes call 1/2 oz. of Drambuie Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass; twist a piece of lemon peel over the drink, and add the twist as garnish. In "The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks", David Embury says: "Peychaud's tends to marry better with Scotch" I went 4 liquor stores and none had Peychaud's,
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See: Bobby Burns at CocktailChronicles.com Bobby Burns at DrinksMixer.com In "A Birthday Toast to Scotland's Bard" (WSJ Jan. 23, 2009) they say: The peculiar habit among Americans to call Burns "Bobby" (or "Bobbie") has long been an object of derision. Ogden Nash proclaimed in the New Yorker: He would no more speak of Tommy Hardy or Bernie Shaw. His 1951 Poem "Everything's Haggis in Hoboken" says "And I yearn to shatter a set of crockery/On this condescending Bobbie-sockery." Glasgow 1 1/2 oz Scotch whisky 1 tbsp dry vermouth 1 tbsp lemon juice 1 tbsp almond extract Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into an old fashioned glass. The Highland Cream 1 oz Scotch whisky 1/2 oz white creme de cacao 1/4 oz peppermint schnapps 1/4 oz Galliano® herbal liqueur 1 tsp Glayva® Scotch liqueur * 1 oz whipping cream Shake and strain into an ice-filled old-fashioned glass, and serve. * I couldn't find Glayva at any stores. It wasn't in their catalogue either. The only US source I found was Wine Globe.Drambuie is a Registered Trademark Of The Drambuie Liqueur Co. Ltd.