About Aged Scotch Whiskey

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Aged Scotch whiskey is made in Scotland and must be aged at least six months, or as long as 65 years, in bourbon or sherry barrels. Learn how the longer that Scotch whiskey is aged, the smoother the drink will be, with information from a professional bartender in this free video on Scotch.

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Aged Scotch Whiskey. Scotch by definition comes from Scotland so if it says Scotch on the bottle it is from Scotland and it is whiskey and all of these whiskeys are aged. I am not sure about the minimum but I think it is pretty safe to assume any of them would be aged for at least six months. The longer you age something the smoother it becomes. There is a peak, however, and I believe it peaks somewhere between 50 and 65 years. Of course if you were going to buy a bottle of Scotch that has been aging for 40 to 50 years it could cost you several hundred to several thousand dollars so most people will not be doing that. Also different whiskeys are aged in different barrels so you have got some like this that are aged in sherry, others are aged in bourbon barrels and what I mean by that is barrels that had this liquor in them previously, one that bourbon was matured in previously, one that sherry was matured in previously and sometimes they switch them and they are matured in several different barrels. They just go from one to the other and that is pretty much all there is to know about aged scotch whiskey.


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