1. It starts with a seed…
Whisky is made from Barley, a robust grain that can be easily grown around the world; which is ideal for the cold wet climate of Scotland!
2. Then comes some Malting, Grinding & Fermentation…..Kinky
Through a smoky hot ritual called Malting, the barley is allowed to germinate, before being ground down to produce a floury substance called grist. Hot steamy water is added to the grist which produces a sugary sweet juice known as Wort. Yeast is then added to wort which sparks the fermentation process, producing an alcoholic liquid similar to beer.
3. Distillation – The miracle of birth
Like a baby in the womb, this beer-like-liquid then spends time being distilled in large round copper containers known as Stills. During the process of distillation, the liquid is transformed into the spirit we know as whisky.
4. Ageing – The Defining of who we are
At this stage the whisky is placed into great big wooden barrels, commonly known as Casks. Here the whisky will spend many years ageing and maturing into the whisky’s that we all know and love.
The casks, like the life’s we lead through to adulthood, mould, shape and define the whisky; adding unique flavours, character and personality.
5. Every bottle of whisky is different
Just like you and I, every whisky is different.
All whiskies vary in colour; but are equally special.
7. Shape and Size
Whisky comes in all shapes and sizes; but they are all beautiful.
Some whiskies are relatively young, whilst others are very old; but they all deserve respect and attention.
Some whiskies you will like, others not so much; but there’s a whisky out there for everyone.