Scotland - Whisky ZA

  • Scottish Highlight: Balvenie 21YO Portwood

    Ah the Finer Things in Life!

    In order to blend a bottle of this 21 Year Old masterpiece, the Balvenie product is poured into port casks, or pipes, which have previously been the storage units for fine port wines in the past. This enables the flavours or the fine wine to remain preserved in the wood, while not over powering the natural flavours of the whisky. It is also chill-filtered from the start  and bottled at a high strength alcohol than the finished product. Enabling the impurities to burn off and have the final product remain at the right alcohol consistency.

  • What's the Difference?

    It may be known to some but what really is the difference between Scotch, Whisky, and Bourbon?

    Now even though most people think they may know the difference or possibly could say "I could tell if I tasted them," but what really is the difference between a quality Scotch, Whisky and Bourbon? Now by law, in order for a Whisky to be a Bourbon, its mash or the mixture of grains and other chemicals, must contain a minimum of 51% corn. Even though other ingredients like barley, rye or even wheat, are involve, it is crucial to have the right percentage of components in order to reach the right recipe. The mash also must be distilled at 160 proof or less and placed into its holding barrels at 125 proof or less. Lastly, it is important to note that the mixture must also contain no additives in and must be aged in a charred oak barrel.