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Contents of The Essential Guide to Scotch Whisky eBook (2020 Edition)

The Essential Guide to Scotch Whisky eBookChapter 1: The Top 100 Essential Scotch Whisky Facts - Scotch Whisky 'must have' knowledge

Chapter 2:
The History of Whisky Timeline

Chapter 3:
How Scotch Whisky is Made – The Manufacturing Process - a combination of art, craft, science and nature

Distilleries of Scotland -Location of all the Scotch Whisky distillerie

Chapter 4:
How to Drink Scotch Whisky – an insiders guide to Scotch Whisky 'Nosing & Tasting'

Chapter 5:
How to Plan and Enjoy a Scotch Whisky Tasting Session – you will have a blast!

Chapter 6:
Scotch Whisky Distilleries – individual distillery information

Chapter 1 : The Top 100 Essential Scotch Whisky Facts

The first Chapter in the eBook introduces the reader to one hundred 'essential facts' that anyone wishing to become knowledgeable about Scotch Whisky should know - and serves as an excellent foundation for the information in the following chapters… It helps provide a fascinating insight into the world of Scotch Whisky and helps you to separate the 'facts' from the many 'myths' that surround this most wonderful of spirits!

Chapter 2 : The History of Scotch Whisky

The true origins of whisky are lost in the mists of time and the distillation of the magical 'uisge beatha' spirit which we know today as 'Scotch Whisky' was certainly taking place long before its existence was first officially documented in 1494.

The tradition has been maintained across the different regions of Scotland throughout the centuries, including in the many illegal or 'illicit' stills that existed throughout the country after legislation was passed which allowed for its legal production – and of course – in 1644, its taxation! (It remains a significant source of income for the government to this day.)

We provide a simple timeline of key events in the development of Scotch Whisky.

Chapter 3: How Scotch Whisky is Made

Chapter 3 includes a comprehensive overview of the Scotch Whisky Manufacturing Process - a combination of art, craft, science and nature.

MAP: Distilleries of Scotland

Our Scotch Whisky Distillery Map identifies Scotch Whisky producing regions and indicates the location of all the current active Scotch Whisky distilleries, silent distilleries and some distilleries which, sadly, no longer exist such as Banff, Glen Ugie, Port Errol & Glenury Royal.

(To obtain a FREE pdf download of this map, please provide your contact information at the bottom of the page.)

Chapter 4 : 'Nosing' and 'Tasting'

The sense of smell is one of the most sophisticated of all the senses, and the pleasure that can be gained from 'nosing and tasting' the many wonderful and varied scotch whiskies available today is an experience that should be treasured. This is particularly true if it is experienced in a convivial atmosphere with a group of friends – old or new.

Enjoy our insiders guide as we explore The methodology of 'Nosing and Tasting';

  • 'Preparation'
  • 'The Nosing Action'
  • 'Tired Nose' Syndrome
  • 'Colour'
  • 'Tasting'
  • 'Whisky Vocabulary'
  • 'Aroma Standards'
  • 'Whisky Tasting Mats'
  • 'Aroma/Flavour Record Sheets'

Chapter 5 : How to Plan and enjoy your own Scotch Whisky 'Nosing' and 'Tasting' Sessions

This chapter includes five of our personally recommended 'Whisky Tastings' to help you on your journey to becoming a Scotch Whisky connoisseur.

  • Whisky Tasting 1 : 'The Famous Six'
  • Whisky Tasting 2 : 'The Sensational Six'
  • Whisky Tasting 3 : 'The Hidden Gems'
  • Whisky Tasting 4 : 'The Tour of the Isles'
  • Whisky Tasting 5 : 'The Tour of Islay'
  • Whisky Tasting 6 : 'Generic Tasting Mat' – for your own tastings!!

Chapter 6: Scotch Whisky Distilleries

The whisky distilleries of Scotland have a long and colourful history and include both 'malt' and 'grain' distilleries. They are located as far north as the Orkney Islands to the north of the Scottish mainland, through the Highland, Speyside, Lowland and Campbeltown regions on the mainland through to the islands off the west coast of the mainland including the famous 'whisky island' of Islay.

Our 'Scotch Whisky Distilleries' section provides a wonderful overview of each individual distillery, some famous (such as Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, Cardhu, Macallan, Laphroaig, Ardbeg & Talisker)and some not so famous (such as Balblair, Tomatin, Glendronach & Glen Garioch).

A Single Malt Scotch Whisky is matured spirit which is the product of a 'Pot-still' distillation process from an individual Scotch Whisky distillery and which has been matured in oak casks in controlled conditions in a warehouse in Scotland.

The greatest concentration of malt whisky distilleries can be found in the Speyside region of north-east Scotland, with Highland, Lowland, Campbeltown and Islay being the other main malt whisky producing areas of the country.

Each of these regions was traditionally said to typically have its own particular, distinctive style of malt whisky but it is actually incorrect to assert this as there are many styles produced dependent on cereal type, processing and maturation resulting in flavour profiles which are independent of the distillery location.

Well known Single Malts from the different regions include ;

Speyside : Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, Macallan, Cardhu
Highland : Glenmorangie, Old Pulteney, Glengoyne
Lowland : Glenkinchie, Auchentoshan
Campbeltown : Springbank
Islay : Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Ardbeg


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