How to read a whisky label?

How to read a whisky label?

Searching another label whisky, it is not necessary to focus on the filigree patterns or unusual letters and seals, it is important to remember that the main function of such information "resource" is to convey useful information to the user, with pleasure touching a bottle of this magnificent, elite drink in his hands.

About the content of whiskey we can find out before the drinking of the drink: the label is able to tell not only about the region and the country where it was made and bottled this whisky, but also about the type of the used raw materials and the the strength of alcohol. Experienced experts in several primary labels will be able to determine the blend and flavor of what is contained in the sparkling glass. And it is not simply the intuition, it is a result of long-term work connected with visit of special courses and exhibitions with carrying out the training tastings. However, even not the expert can gather the main thing, having looked narrowly at the letters forming the words, the words - information. Examining a bottle of famous whisky The Balvenie Double Wood 12 Years Old, pay attention to the first four words at the beginning of a label.

What do you see? The word Whisky speaks about the drink belonging to fragrant and strong family of the alcohol received from the overtaken grain and containing in special oak barrels. Look closely, the letter "e" in Whiskey will be talking about the homeland of the drink. Most likely, it is the USA, Canada or Ireland, because alcohol from Scotland has no insignificant nuance in the form of an excess symbol. Scotch - further evidence of previous findings

"Malt" indicates the raw material used in the production of whiskey, barley malt, alcohol filling a unique flavor that is appreciated by all the leading distillers of Scotland.

"SingleMalt" – suggests that the drink is made at one distillery, in this particular case, distillery The Balvenie Distillery. The presence of the phrase «Single Barrel» will talk about the filling of a barrel, the number of which will also be visible on closer inspection label study.

The phrase "Pure Malt, Blended Malt" or "Vatted Malt" –a clear indication that the whiskey is made of several single malt varieties from different distilleries. Unfortunately, the majority of drinks of this type will not be able to fully show the style of one or another of the distillery, most likely it will be the product that combines features of the operation of the many alcohol producers.

The Central part and pride of the label is the name of whiskey. In case of the studied copy, the name consists of two phrases: "The Balvenie" – reflecting belonging to a one-malt lineup and "David Stewart" – a name of the master who created this unique copy.

Scottish scotch often specify the region of production of whiskey, however, competent specialists on one name can tell the taste and aroma of alcohol represented. Northern and western distilleries differ in representation of the saltish tastes which are combined with aromas of a smoke and peat. As a rule, similar labels contain the instructions Sky, Jura, Mall or Orkney. The Western island of Islay whiskey is with elegant notes of seaweed and iodine present. Scotch from Lowland dryish and is the result of a complex, triple-distilled.

County Banffshire, indicated on the label of the survey- is the mountain region which is famous for fruit notes and own barley. Whisky from the region Speysayd has complex honey tone because of the special barrels and distillation cubes, which are carefully selected and surveyed by experts coopers and medical nicknames.

"The" is a clear indication of a handwritten bottling, distillery which was manufactured under the guidance of a master production.

A special nuance is the combination of "Double Wood", which speaks about use of two types of the barrels applied at storage and endurance of alcohol. The presented whisky wandered from vessels from under bourbon in the barrels intended for storage of a sherry, they affected taste and aroma of drink. It is considered that the American oak is a source of taste of vanilla and spices, and European – cause saturated color, nice dark tones.

Figure 12 – age or hold time of whisky. Peering into the left and right bottom corners, you will notice the data on beverage strength and volume of the proposed vessel. Usual strength or degrees of whiskey is 40%, the traditional volume - 700 or 1000 milliliters.