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What is scotch made of?


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November 04, 2011 1:48AM

Scotch whiskey is made from water and barley. A little yeast may be added to get the fermentation process going. The barley mash is dried in a kiln with a porous floor, under which burns a fire made of peat, which is what gives Scotch it's distinctive smoky and slightly oily flavor. After the whiskey is distilled out, it is aged in barrels for at least 3 years. Most Scotches are blended, but they are blended from nothing but various Scotch whiskys - grain neutral spirits are never mixed in, like they are with many cheaper American whiskeys. Scotch is the only spirit where the name is properly spelled "whisky". In all other forms (rye, bourbon, etc), it is "whiskey".