Correct answer: Barley
The three main ingredients in Scottish malt whisky are barley, water, and yeast. It's practically one of your five a day.
The name of this year's Grand National winner.The 2-4% of alcohol volume that tends to get lost to evaporation each year during the whisky maturation process.A club in Aberdeen.The whisky that you tip onto the ground when you say slàinte.
Correct answer: 2-4% of alcohol volume
While whisky is maturing, a certain amount of alcohol – known traditionally as the "angels' share" – is lost to evaporation each year. What a waste!
Correct answer: 40%
The Scotch Whisky Regulations Act states that to be called Scotch a whisky has to be have a minimum alcoholic strength by volume of 40% (80 US proof).
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Correct answer: Water of life
The Romans referred to distilled alcohol as aqua vitae, which was translated into Gaelic as uisge beatha ("water of life"). Uisge (Ish-ka) is the basis for the word whisky.
A whisky that is made from only one type of barley.A whisky that's made by unmarried people.A whisky with an ABV of over 50%.A whisky entirely produced from malt in only one distillery.
Correct answer: A whisky entirely produced from malt in only one distillery.
Under the Scotch Whisky Regulations Act, a whisky can only be described as a Scottish single malt if it is made from malt barley in only one distillery and aged for a minimum of three years.
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Correct answer: Around 60-63%
The grain spirit that will become whisky is typically around 65-70% ABV when it's put into casks to mature. Assuming a three-year maturation, after the "angels' share" is taken this reduces to around 60%.
Correct answer: Burnistoun
Burnistoun is a very funny Scottish comedy show, not a whisky.
Correct answer: 1644
The 1644 Excise Act set a duty of 13p per pint of "aqua vitae" or similar distilled spirits. The law was very unpopular and led to a huge rise in illicit stills. Why pay tax when you could just make booze in the bathtub?
The Highlands, The Lowlands, The Middle Bit, The Bit With All The Mountains, The Borders.Ben Nevis, Highland, Cambuslang, Lowland, Speyside.Highland, Islay, Speyside, Campbeltown, Lowland.Islay, Speyside, Lowland, Morningside, Highland
Correct answer: Highland, Islay, Speyside, Campbeltown, Lowland.
Whisky-producing islands Arran, Jura, Mull, Orkney, and Skye are considered to be part of the Highland region, while the Isle of Islay gets full region status as it's home to eight distilleries.
Shyte WhiskyHankey BannisterPig's NoseYer Maw
Correct answer: Yer Maw
Yes, there is actually a brand called Shyte Whisky. Despite its name, it's pretty good. There's no whisky called Yer Maw (yet).
When you drink so much whisky you lose your hair.The process of spreading damp barley on the ground to germinate.The process of roasting barley before brewing.The process of soaking barley in Horlicks.
Correct answer: The process of spreading damp barley on the ground to germinate.
Barley is soaked in a mixture of sugar and water, then spread evenly on the floor of a "malting house" (a distillery outbuilding) to germinate before being processed.
Correct answer: Grist
The ground barley grain that is added to water to ferment is called grist, hence the phrase "grist to the mill".
Correct answer: Balamory
Balamory is actually a children's TV show set in Tobermory, Mull. There is a Tobermory whisky distillery though.
Whisky that is waiting to be bottled.A combination of ground malt barley and hot water.An awesome 1970s TV show set in Vietnam.A large quantity of potatoes.
Correct answer: A combination of ground malt barley and boiling water.
A mash tun is filled with grist and boiling water. It's then stirred to release the sugar in the mixture.
Correct answer: Gonnae nae do that.
Adding ice to Scotch is a crime. It reduces the aroma and dulls the taste. Try adding a drop of water instead. Slàinte!
Update: An earlier version of this quiz stated that mash is a combination of ground malt barley (grist) and boiling water. This has been changed to hot water.