So what exactly is Scotch? It is made in Scotland. While this drink made in Ireland is called Irish whiskey and American whiskey is called Bourbon. Single malt is made with only malted barley. It is produced in Scotland and must be aged for at least three years.
The liquid that is not single malt is usually a blend of different grains. Often the blending is from a variety of different Scotch designed for blending. The main types are single malt, and blended.
There are many different brands available. In order to find the one you prefer, you need to sample a few. For instance Glenfiddich is the worlds best-selling. Although some people prefer Glenlivet to Glenfiddich. It is really hard to know which one you like best until you try a few samples.
Some common blended examples include Black & White, Chivas Regal. and Clan MacGregor. Just like with the single malt the best one is a matter of preference.
Bourbon is American Whiskey and is produced by many distillers with Kentucky style still being very popular. Some common Bourbons are; Seagram’s 7 Crown, Wild Turkey, and Jim Beam.
It is also produced in Canada, England, Belgium, Ireland and even Japan. Once you find the right blend to suit your taste then it is on to making some mixed drinks.
Some common American version drinks are the Old-Fashioned cocktail and the Whiskey sour and the popular Manhattan made with rye. No matter whether you like it in a mixed drink. Or a straight up single malt there are enough brands and varieties to keep you busy sampling for a long time.
Just remember to drink responsibly and never drink and drive.