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What is Scotch?
The history of scotch is long and complicated, with many different stories and legends about its origins. One thing is for sure, scotch is a uniquely Scottish drink, and is enjoyed all over the world.
Scotland is where whiskey of the Scotch variety is produced. It must be distilled in Scotland and aged in oak barrels for at least three years. There are many different types of scotch, from light and fruity to smoky and peaty.
Scotch is made from malt whisky, which is the whisky that is made from 100% malted barley. The barley is first dried in a kiln and then ground into a coarse powder. This powder is then mixed with water and yeast, and left to ferment. After fermentation, the liquid is distilled and then left to age in oak barrels for at least three years.
The longer the scotch is aged, the smoother and more complex it will taste.
Scotch is traditionally enjoyed neat, or with a splash of water. It may also be combined with other beverages or used in cocktails. However, you enjoy it, scotch is a delicious and smooth drink that is perfect for any occasion.
What is Bourbon?
A form of American whiskey that is aged in barrels and predominantly made from corn is called bourbon whiskey. The name derives from its historical association with an area known as Bourbon County in Kentucky, though modern bourbon whiskey is produced in many areas of the United States. Producing it dates back to the 18th century.
Bourbon is made with a mash bill, or recipe, that is at least 51% corn, with the remainder being rye, wheat, and/or barley. With notes of oak, vanilla, and caramel as well as a strong, distinctive flavor that is frequently described as sweet, bourbon is a popular drink. It is amber or reddish in color and is aged for at least two years in oak barrels.
Bourbon is a popular drink to enjoy neat, or on the rocks, but it is also commonly used as an ingredient in cocktails. Summertime is a particularly popular time for it.
Difference Between Scotch and Bourbon
- Bourbon is produced in the United States, whereas Scotch is produced in Scotland.
- Scotch must be aged in oak barrels for at least three years, while bourbon must be aged in new, charred oak barrels for at least two years.
- Scotch must be distilled in Scotland, while bourbon can be distilled anywhere in the United States.
- Scotch is bottled at 80 proofs, while bourbon is bottled at 100 proofs.
- The price of scotch can range from affordable to expensive, while the price of bourbon is affordable.
- Compared to bourbon, scotch has a more nuanced flavor.
- There are many more brands of bourbon than there are of scotch.
Comparison Between Scotch and Bourbon
|Parameters of Comparison||Scotch||Bourbon|
|Main ingredient||Must be made from Malted barley||Can be made from Corn or any other grain|
|Colour||Range from light to dark||Typically, the colour of the drink is Amber|
|Minimum alcohol content||40%||35%|
|Consumption||Typically, taken neat||Frequently consumed in cocktails or on the rocks|