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Scotch Vs. Whiskey – What Are The Differences?

Whiskey and scotch are both alcoholic beverages that are distilled from grain and may be melted. All scotch is whiskey; however, not all whiskey is scotch. Scotch is a whiskey that is made in Scotland. It is aged in oak barrels for at least three years. So what are the other differences between whiskey and scotch?

 

What Grains Are Used?

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Scotch was originally made only from malted barley, and then in the 18th century distilleries started making Scotch from wheat and rye whole grains that were not malted. Whiskey is made from barley, rye, wheat, corn, malted barley and malted rye.

 

Differences in Production

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Scotch has a unique technique where the starch in the barley grain is turned into sugar before it is fermented. This gives the Scotch it’s very distinctive, smooth flavor. Tennessee whiskey is filtered through sugar maple charcoal to give it a sweet, smoky flavor. Irish whiskey uses un-peated malt.

 

Where it is Stored to Mature

Scotch is stored in oak barrels. Whiskey is stored in charred white oak barrels.

 

Price Difference

Scotch prices will vary depending on age and brand, but it is generally much more expensive than other whiskeys.

 

Differences Between Scotch and Whiskey

So what are the differences between scotch and whiskey? Here are 4 key differences shown in the below scotch vs whiskey.

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Whiskey

  • Originally only made from malted barley, now from wheat and rye that is not malted.
  • Made from barley, rye, wheat, corn, malted barley and malted rye.
  • The starch in the barley grain is turned into sugar before it is fermented.
  • Whiskey is produced using several different techniques depending on the brand.
  • Stored in oak barrels.
  • Stored in charred white oak barrels.
  • More expensive.
  • Less expensive.

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