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Monday, May 12, 2014

Where does your Scotch come from

We often speak about the taste of the Scotch we adore but not every one knows about the origin or the producing regions of the Scotch. Scotland is said to be the home of best Scotch whiskies in the world and there are a few distinct features that make it so special. 

Scotland is split into few distinctive whisky-producing regions. The same basic process is used to produce the fine Scotch whisky across the country but subtle variations mean single malts from each region have unique characteristics and flavours. The four Scotland regions that are considered the most important are: Speyside, Highlands, Lowlands and Islay.












Speyside is the biggest region in terms of production, half of all Scottish distilleries can be found here. Speyside single malts are noted in general for their elegance and complexity, sometimes with a refined smokiness but more often a fruitness ranging from ripe pears to sultanas.



Highlands is by far the biggest region geographically, the Highland malts inevitably embrace wide and robust flavour variations. Generally heavier and drier in character compared to other regions, wh

iskies from here often have nutty, honey, heather or peaty notes. Distilleries near the sea also have some salty, maritime influences in their malts.



In Lowlands there are only a handful of distilleries still operating, producing softer, lighter style single malts that are traditionally known as the 'Lowland Ladies'. Whiskies from here are known for their malty, zesty flavours with slightly fruity, citrusy and sometimes floral notes.



Islay Pronounced "eye-luh", is the greatest of whisky-producing islands. It is only 25 miles long, but has no fewer than eight distilleries. It’s covered in peat which is exposed to rain and sea spray. Harvested and used to malt the barley used in distilling, the peat gives the single malts here their characteristic smoky flavour with some salty, seaweed notes.



Now that we know about the four important whisky producing regions of Scotland and its distinct characteristics, let’s talk more about Black Dog Triple Gold Reserve. I have been talking about the uniqueness of TGR and what makes it better and different from others. 








TGR is a blended Scotch Whisky. The Characteristics of all the 4 whisky producing regions in Scotland is meticulously married in the TGR. The single malt Whisky and grain whisky is matured in separate American Bourbon casks for a long time. Then these two whiskies are married and matured again in Sherry casks for some more time. The distinct taste and aroma to TGR is a contribution from both woods. TGR is one of the smoothest whiskies and the finish leaves you wanting a little bit more of it.


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