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Derby Spirits – a Guide to Buying Whisky

For the uninitiated, it can be quite intimidating to taste Scotch whisky but once you get used to it, you’ll surely love it. If you want to give Derby Spirits whisky a try, then I highly recommend that you read the entire content of this article.

Tip number 1. Kno. your spirit – the truth is, there are 2 popular ways to spell whisky and this can be Whiskey or Whisky. Whiskey is mostly used by American and Irish distilleries while Whisky is normally used by Japanese, Canadian and Scottish distilleries. Scotch is being produced strictly using malted barley or other grains that can be added in distillery in Scotland. Basically, the term Scotch actually refers to a whisky that’s made from Scotland.

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. Truth is, the term single used in single malt or single grain whiskies aren’t referring to the kind of grain or malt being used rather, on the distillery.

As for malt whiskies, this uses malted barley while the grain whiskies is a combination of grains and malt. 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 – similar to wine, having knowledge of Derby Spirits and other distilleries as well as its special properties are crucial. To give you an example, malting is where water and barley is mixed to start with the process of fermentation and done in-house by handful of distilleries. Normally, malt scotch consists of double distillation process even though some distilleries have introduced more.

Grain scotch is following either a continuous or single distillation process. 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 – well by law, scotch should be aged by at least 3 years and ought to be made with malted barley, yeast and water fortunately, Derby Spirits and other leading distilleries are very strict in their operations and see to it that such regulation is met. This way, you can be sure that you are getting the best blends from every sip in your glass.

It is also common for distilleries like Derby Spirits to indicate the age of their whisky in the label.