Scotland is the home of Scotch Whisky and host to the greatest
concentration of distilleries in the world. There are more than 100
distilleries making Malt Whisky by the centuries-old Pot Still
method or Grain Whisky in the Coffey or Patent Still which has been
used since 1831.
There are no set rules when drinking whisky. Don't let preconceptions or supposedly conventions get in the way of enjoying your favourite dram. Scotch can be enjoyed responsibly in many ways.
Nobody knows exactly when the art of distilling was first practised in Scotland. But it's certain that the Ancient Celts practised distilling. The expressive name for the fiery liquid they produced was is uisge beatha, or the water of life.
You can view an SWA film which will take you through the production process for Scotch Whisky.
The Scotch Whisky Regulations 2009 formally define five categories of Scotch Whisky. The relevant category description must appear clearly and prominently on every bottle of Scotch Whisky sold.
From the source of the water, to the shape of a still, a distillery tour will help explain what makes every Scotch Whisky different. No two distilleries are the same. Each has a unique setting, story and distinctive way of doing things that has evolved over many years.
With dozens of distilleries open to the public, planning a visit is great fun. Whisky trails - linking local distilleries and other attractions - have also been created to help you enjoy the perfect experience of Scotland and whisky.
Answers to frequently asked questions about Scotch Whisky.