Observed each year on July 27, National Scotch Day celebrates the iconic whisky. In order to be considered scotch, this classy and distinctive spirit must be made in Scotland. It must be fermented from malted barley, aged in oak barrels for at least three years and have an ABV of less than 94.8%. While most scotch is made with barley, water and yeast, other grains can be included, but no fermentation additives, per law. There are five distinct classifications of Scotch whisky including single malt scotch, single grain scotch, blended malt scotch, blended grain scotch and blended scotch. Scotch is often identified by the region where it was produced, and each region has its own characteristics that influences taste. Despite scotch being made in Scotland, you can enjoy the spirit anywhere. Kilt not required.
Why We Love National Scotch Day
A. It’s sophisticated
All spirits have a distinct personality and scotch is no different. Scotch has been associated with sophistication, elegance, and class. Scotch has been the favorite of royalty, authors, and politicians. Because of its uncommon background (to be labeled scotch, a whisky must be distilled and initially matured in Scotland), each bottle has a recognized history.
B. It’s a no frills kind of spirit
There are a few cocktail recipes that call for scotch, but overwhelmingly, scotch drinkers like their scotch neat — straight out of the bottle. Others prefer theirs on the rocks (over ice) or with just a splash of water. Drinking scotch allows you to ditch the mixers and just enjoy the spirit.
C. There is a scotch for everyone
While scotch is only distilled and aged in Scotland, there are many different varieties of scotch. Scotch whisky has its own geographic intricacies that influence the flavor. The whisky that is produced in Lowland region is considered to be more mellow, and delicate. But the whisky produced in the Islay region is known for heavier, smokier scotch varieties.
How to Celebrate National Scotch Day
1. Enjoy a drink with friends
This is the easiest to participate in National Scotch Day. Pick up a bottle of your favorite scotch whisky from your local liquor store! Whether you prefer yours neat, on the rocks or with a splash of water, grab some friends and savor a glass.
2. Attend a Scotch whisky tasting
Go online, and search for a whisky bar near you. They are everywhere. You’ll be amazed at the various locations you’ll find. It doesn’t take much planning to have a great time at a whisky bar. Attending a tasting is a great place to meet other like-minded, scotch lovers.
3. Host your own scotch tasting party
It’s a great reason to throw gathering. Buy a few bottles of your favorite labels. Don’t forget there are different classifications—single malt, blended and single grain, so you will want to get a couple of different kinds. A party also gives you a chance to show off our international cuisine savvy because tastings usually include pairing the spirit with a complementary dish. Pair your scotch varieties with your favorite Scottish appetizers—macaroni pie and Scottish sausage.