If I asked you to think of a dog, what comes to mind? What color is it? What breed? Does it bark a lot?

That’s the question when someone asks about whisky. Saying ‘whisky’ is like saying ‘dog.’ At the top level, whisky is a brown spirit distilled from grain. Any cereal grain can be used, and it can be produced anywhere in the world. And just as there are many different breeds of dogs, there are many different types of whisky. Bulldogs, terriers, hounds… If ‘whisky’ is ‘dog’, ‘Scotch’ is ‘poodle’ – and just as different poodles have different personalities, different Scottish whiskies have different personalities. Continue reading