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. Know your spirit – as a matter of fact, there are 2 very popular ways of spelling whisky and it is either 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 produced strictly from malted barley or any other grains that might be added in distillery in Scotland. As a matter of fact, the term Scotch is referring to whiskies that are made from Scotland.
There are 3 major kinds of Derby Spirits scotch that you can buy which include the blended, single grain and single malt. As for the single malt or the single grain whiskies, the word single is referring to the distillery and not on the type of grain or malt that is used.
As for malt whiskies, this uses malted barley while the grain whiskies is a combination of grains and malt. Blended scotch on the other hand is the combination of 2 or several other single grain or single malt whiskies.
Tip number 2. Know the brand or distillery – it is integral that you have knowledge of Derby Spirits and many other distilleries on what properties they use which made them special. 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. Malt scotch normally involves double distillation process despite the fact that some distilleries have introduced more.
As for the process followed by grain scotch, this is either continuous or single distillation. The size and the shape of the stills that are used by distillery can affect the final product while other distilleries take pains in order to replicate the original stills to its precise specifications when replacing old stills or when they want to add new ones.
Tip number 3. Know the age – by law, scotch has to be aged for a minimum of 3 years and must be made using malted barley, yeast and water; the good thing is that leading distilleries like Derby Spirits are strict in its operation and make it a point that they follow the regulations. This way, you can be sure that you are getting the best blends from every sip in your glass.
It is a common practice to indicate the age of the whisky on the bottle’s label by Derby Spirits and other distilleries.