Scotch Whiskey Burlington VT

Whisky that is produced in Scotland is termed “scotch” or “scotch whisky.” Here are some information and introductory selections of scotch whisky, keep on reading for more.

Vermont Homebrew Supply
(802) 655-2070
147 E. Allen St./Rte. 15
Winooski, VT
Winooski Beverage Warehouse
(802) 655-2620
1 East Street
Winooski, VT
O.N.E. Pepper Grill
(802) 658-8800
260 North Street
Burlington, VT
Radio Bean Coffeehouse
(802) 660-9346
8 N Winooski Ave
Burlington, VT
The Farmhouse Tap & Grill
(802) 859-0888
160 Bank St
Burlington, VT
Monkey Bar
(802) 655-4563
30 Main St
Winooski, VT
Zero Gravity Craft Brewery @ American Flatbread
(802) 861-2999
115 St. Paul Street
Burlington, VT
Wine Works
(802) 951-9463
133 Saint Paul Street
Burlington, VT
Higher Ground
(802) 652-0777
1214 Williston Road
South Burlington, VT
Ken's Pizza / The Pub
(802) 862-3335
71 Church St
Burlington, VT

An Introduction to Scotch Whisky

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If you've grown up hearing scotch whisky is a gentleman's drink but still know nothing about the subject, don't worry you're not alone. Let our guide to scotch demystify the fundamentals and get your evening started with four introductory selections.

By Luke Steele of The Aspiring Gentleman

I used to be really, really into beer. I had tried every brand I could get my hands on and even brewed some myself. I was intimately familiar with the different types of barley and hops, the fermentation process, and each brewery’s history. I was amazed at the incredible variety in appearance, flavor, and smell that could be obtained from so few ingredients. I was confident that beer was the Holy Grail for a man’s palate. Then I started drinking scotch.

It’s a scary step to take. The jump from 5 to 40+% alcohol, the distillation process, the regions and production methods. The more you learn, the more you start to see the similarities between beer and whisky. Both industries are controlled by a handful of large corporations. Both products use the same primary ingredients – barley, water, and yeast (the exception being hops) – and the tasting skills largely carry over. In what follows I hope to demystify the world of whisky a bit and give you some suggestions for taking your first steps into the world of whisky.

Whiskey or Whisky?

Whisky goes by many names. That produced in Scotland is termed “scotch” or “scotch whisky.” In Ireland and the US an “e” is added to make “whiskey.” While most whiskies are made with barley, those made with corn and rye are called bourbon and rye, respectively. Additionally, many whiskies are blends from various distilleries and maltings; those made only from a single distillery are called “single malt.” Put that all together, and you can deduce that the infamous “single malt scotch” is simply whisky made in Scotland from a single distillery.

How It’s Made

I’ll admit to not knowing any of the above when I first started enjoying whisky. I don’t think I even put together that the Canadian Club (rye) and the Buffalo Trace (bourbon) on my shelf were in the same family of spirits. Only through learning the process of making whisky did I really understand.

First, barley is soaked and allowed to germinate slightly before heat is applied to cease the germination. If this heating is done with peat moss, the whisky will take on a smoky, oily character. Next, the dried barley (now called malt) is ground up, heated in hot water (where it becomes wort), and allowed to ferment using yeast (where it becomes wash). Once fermented, the alcohol is extracted from the wash, which has 5-8% alcohol. Since alcohol boils at a lower temperature than water (78 vs. 100 degrees Celsius), you can easily extract the alcohol by heating the wash to just below 100 degrees Celsius and capturing the boiled alcohol in the form of steam. This steam is then condensed to create a liquid with much higher alcohol content. After repeating the distillation pr...

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