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. Basically, the term Scotch actually refers to a whisky that’s made from Scotland.
There are 3 well known types of Derby Spirits scotch that you could buy in the market and these are blended, single grain as well as single malt. Truth is, the term single used in single malt or single grain whiskies aren’t referring to the kind of grain or malt being used rather, on the distillery.
While the malt whiskies are using malted barley, the grain whiskies are combining both malt and grains. 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 – similar to wine, having knowledge of Derby Spirits and other distilleries as well as its special properties are crucial. For example, malting is the point which water and barley is mixed to begin the process of fermentation and executed in-house by several distilleries. Malt scotch normally involves double distillation process despite the fact that some distilleries have introduced more.
Grain scotch follows either continuous or single distillation process. As for the shape and the size of the stills used by distillery, it should be checked very carefully as it has an impact on the final product; some distilleries actually take pains to be able to replicate the original stills to its exact specification when they are adding new ones or replacing the old.
Tip number 3. Know the age – the law mandated distilleries that the scotch they are about to offer to public should be aged 3 years and must be made from yeast, water and barley which is exactly what you can expect to get from seasoned and top distilleries such as Derby Spirits and others. You can be certain that you’re only getting the best possible blends from every sip into your glass.
It is also common for distilleries like Derby Spirits to indicate the age of their whisky in the label.