Scotch Whiskey at a Restaurant Bar

What is Scotch Whiskey

Scotch whiskey, or Scotch, is a favorite after-dinner drink or bar lounge offering which is a grain or malt whiskey that is often aged for a period of time. The production of Scotch must follow stringent requirement specified by law. When creating scotch whiskey, the final product will fall into one of five distinct categories.

  • Single Malt
  • Single Grain
  • Blended Grain
  • Blended Malt
  • Blended


How is Scotch Whiskey Made?

Creating Malt Whiskey involves a four-step process of malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation. After the four primary processes are completed the Scotch can be but through additional maturation and blending to achieve full flavors.


The malting process involves cleaning the barley by soaking it in a tank of water called a steep for two to three days. After soaking, the seeds are then spread out on a concrete malting floor to allow for successful germination. While germinating, the barley releases enzymes that make the starch in the barley soluble, thus preparing it to turn into sugar. Germination can take an average of 8 to 12 days depending on the barley quality and time of year the process takes place. To maintain the perfect temperature, the barley will need to be turned during the germination stage. Once the barley has germinated, it goes into a kiln for drying.


During the mashing process, the now dried malt is ground in a mill to produce grist. The grist is then mixed in a mash turn with hot water where the soluble starch is converted to sugar and transformed into a liquid called wort. The solid product is removed and used for other products such as animal feed.


The wort from the mashing process is combined with yeast to attack the sugars and convert it to alcohol. The fermentation process produces a liquid called wash after 48 hours which contains low-strength alcohol and other by-products.


Using Pot Stills, the liquid is heated until it turns into a vapor. The vapor will rise into a cooling plant where it is then condensed back into a liquid form. The whiskey will be distilled twice, first to remove the unfermentable matter. After the second distillation, the whiskey must run until it reaches a specific standard and will then be collected in a receiver. The first runnings and end of the run will not be used in the final product.

Maturation and Blending

Scotch whiskey will go through a maturation process in oak wood casks where evaporation can occur. Maturation can take up to 15 years or more. After maturation, multiple whiskeys can be blended to create additional flavor.

Making good whiskey takes a lot of time and know-how to create the perfect product that goes down smooth. Whether you are a Scotch connoisseur, or just like the flavor of a good Scotch whiskey, stop into The Scotch N’ Sirloin restaurant and bar to taste some of the best Scotch whiskey ever made.