Who said Scotch is only for high flying businessmen, who rock smoking jackets and puff on expensive cigars? In recent years, the popular spirit, which was once a beverage only consumed by men 45 and older, has become a viable drink option for women and young patrons worldwide. Brands like The Black Dog, a premium Scotch established in the 1800s, are on a mission to convert younger generations, and debunk the myth that you’ve got to have seen many summers before you enjoy the best.
Before you get ready to take a sip of Scotch, you need to know what you’re drinking.
Legally, to be called Scotch whisky, it has to be made in Scotland and matured in oak casks for at least three years. Single malt Scotch is made from a single distillery using water, malted barley and yeast. A blended Scotch, which makes up about 90% of all Scotch made, is created using a combination of single malts and is mixed with grain or corn whisky and comes from multiple distilleries.
How to Taste
Sipping Scotch should be a slow, revelatory experience that starts with your sense of smell. Make sure you nose your Scotch first, as your nose is your most powerful sensory organ. After you’ve awakened your senses, sip your Scotch neat to enjoy it in its purest form. You can also add a couple drops of water into the glass to help unlock the flavors and aromas, which can range from subtle, sweet and fruity to bold, robust and smoky. Scotch on the rocks is refreshing, especially during hot summer months, but the ice will slightly numb the flavors.
Believe it or not, Scotch is similar to wine when it comes to pairing with food. “You should try to match the style of the food with the Scotch, the lighter, more refreshing style of Black Dog Triple Gold Reserve goes great with mild cheeses like brie, milk chocolate, fish dishes and salads, smoky blue cheeses, dark chocolate, red meat and rich desserts, especially sticky toffee pudding.
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