BALLANTINE'S SCOTCH WHISKY
Uisge-beatha is the name for whisky in Scottish Gaelic, with the word 'whisky' stemming from a mispronunciation of the word 'uisge'. Uisge-beatha literally translates as 'water of life'.
But where does Scotch come into this? Scotch is malt or grain whisky made entirely in Scotland and it's split into five distinct categories: single malt, single grain, blended malt, blended grain, and blended whisky. At Ballantine’s we’re blending malt and grain whisky from the four corners of Scotland. These include Speyside, Islay, Highlands, and Lowlands.
One of the first questions we get asked when we’re introduced to new whisky drinkers is, “how is scotch whisky made?”. Well, let us provide you with a simple guide.
Every whisky, from the most modest whiskies to the best whisky in the world, starts with the same natural ingredients. However, the magic doesn’t happen until the malted barley, water and yeast make it to the distillery.