::Scotch whisky


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{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Use dmy dates |date=__DATE__ |$B= }} {{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} Scotch whisky, often simply called Scotch, is malt whisky or grain whisky made in Scotland. Scotch whisky must be made in a manner specified by law.{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn}}

All Scotch whisky was originally made from malted barley. Commercial distilleries began introducing whisky made from wheat and rye in the late 18th century.{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn}} Scotch whisky is divided into five distinct categories: single malt Scotch whisky, single grain Scotch whisky, blended malt Scotch whisky (formerly called "vatted malt" or "pure malt"), blended grain Scotch whisky, and blended Scotch whisky.{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn}}{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn}}

All Scotch whisky must be aged in oak barrels for at least three years.{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn}}{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn}} Any age statement on a bottle of Scotch whisky, expressed in numerical form, must reflect the age of the youngest whisky used to produce that product. A whisky with an age statement is known as guaranteed-age whisky.

The first written mention of Scotch whisky is in the Exchequer Rolls of Scotland, 1495. A friar named John Cor was the distiller at Lindores Abbey in the Kingdom of Fife.{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn}}<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

Many Scotch whisky drinkers will refer to a unit for drinking as a dram.<ref name="OEDdram"> Earlier version first published in New English Dictionary, 1897.</ref>

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