1 00:00:00,100 --> 00:00:05,000 What is Scotch whisky? 2 00:00:05,650 --> 00:00:07,300 What is Scotch whisky? 3 00:00:07,300 --> 00:00:13,300 Well in the first place, Scotch is the most tightly regulated spirit in the world. 4 00:00:13,300 --> 00:00:15,200 It's very very tightly defined; 5 00:00:15,200 --> 00:00:19,200 Mainly to prevent other people making it outside of Scotland. 6 00:00:19,200 --> 00:00:22,900 It has to be made in Scotland, from grains, 7 00:00:22,900 --> 00:00:27,400 not only malted barley but other grains are allowable for making grain whisky. 8 00:00:27,400 --> 00:00:34,500 It has to be matured in Scotland for at least 3 years in Oak Casks 9 00:00:34,500 --> 00:00:37,900 in a maturation warehouse located here. 10 00:00:37,900 --> 00:00:43,900 And for malt whisky, in the new definition, it also has to be bottled in Scotland. 11 00:00:43,900 --> 00:00:48,800 The 3 year rule is very very important, the spirit that comes off the still 12 00:00:48,800 --> 00:00:55,500 is not really by definition Scotch Whisky, it is Scotch spirit or clearic as it is called 13 00:00:55,500 --> 00:00:59,900 It has to be matured for 3 years to be called Scotch. 14 00:00:59,900 --> 00:01:04,600 Where the whisky bears an age statement 15 00:01:04,600 --> 00:01:11,200 such as this Bowmore 18 years old or this Glenn Garioch 15 years old, 16 00:01:11,200 --> 00:01:17,200 that is the age of the spirit, obviously 15 years, 18 years, 17 00:01:17,200 --> 00:01:20,400 if it is a blended whisky, a blended Scotch, 18 00:01:20,400 --> 00:01:23,000 that is the age of the youngest component, 19 00:01:23,000 --> 00:01:26,100 because obviously a blended whisky is using grain and malt whiskies, 20 00:01:26,100 --> 00:01:30,000 and many of them, the age on the bottle is the youngest component, 21 00:01:30,000 --> 00:01:33,500 Johnny Walker Black Label has a 12 year old age statement, 22 00:01:33,500 --> 00:01:35,400 12 years is therefore the youngest component whisky, 23 00:01:35,400 --> 00:01:38,700 there might be some 25 year old whiskies in there, that doesn't matter, 24 00:01:38,700 --> 00:01:42,500 but the youngest whisky cannot be younger than 12 years