An Introduction To Scotch
Scotch is ideal for certain occasions: when the first nip of fall is in the air; when friends are sitting around a crackling fire in midwinter; or simply as an earthy, smoky, sweater-wearing alternative to vodka, gin, and tequila.
Here’s what you need to know about this British Isles superstar:
- If you want the best scotch, always go for the single malt! Single malts come from a single distillery, and they are not blended with other whiskeys.
- A reliable rule of thumb is that the longer the scotch has been aged in barrels, the smoother it was taste going down. A truly amazing-tasting scotch will have been aged for at least ten years. Twelve-, fifteen, and twenty-one-year old scotches are available (and incomparable!), but they are also much higher priced. Make sure that when you buy single malt, you know how old it is!
- Scotch is usually served neat (without mixers) at room temperature. Many people like it over large rocks or sometimes with a splash of soda. The bigger the ice cube, the colder the cocktail, and the slower the melt ratio.
- Like wine, scotch should be stored in a dark, slightly cool location, placed on its side or standing upright.