"Let other poets raise a fracas ‘bout vines, an' wines, an' drucken Bacchus,’ . . . I sing the juice Scotch [barley] can mak us” (Robert Burns, 1785). As a gesture of hospitality, a social occasion, a national drink, scotch whisky has been enjoyed and celebrated in Scotland for hundreds of years. From the nineteenth century on, with the advent of blended scotch, the spirit's popularity spread worldwide. Premium scotches are best consumed neat, with a few drops of water or with ice.
These terms commonly appear on scotch labels. For further information about scotch, please ask the staff at your Virginia ABC store.
Blended scotch is produced by combining different malted barley and grain whiskies. Each brand employs a proprietary recipe to to achieve a consistent taste and quality. “Blended scotch” means a blend of one or more single malt scotches with one or more single grain scotches. "Blended malt scotch” means a blend of two or more single-malt scotches that have been distilled at more than one distillery (2009: 2890).
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