Scotch whisky rules


As in ‘the rules of Scotch whisky’ that is, rather than an abject statement of fact as might be uttered by some gormless American fratboy downing Jack Daniels through a beer bong. But we digress.

So to get to the point, the rules for a drink to be called Scotch whisky are:

1 It must be distilled in a pot still – a large metal still heated from the base with the spirit inside, and it must be distilled in batches rather than in a continuous stream, as vodka is for example.

And then…

2 It must be aged in wooden casks

3 In Scotland

4 For at least three years

Then, and only then, can it be called Scotch whisky. If the same process is carried out and any part of it occurs outside of Scotland, it can only be whisky, unless it hasn’t been matured for the requisite three years, in which case it can only be called spirit.

Got it? Jolly good.