Types of Scotch whisky

There are two basic types of Scotch whisky, from which all blends are made:

 Single Malt Scotch Whisky means a Scotch whisky produced from only water and malted barley at a single distillery by batch distillation in pot stills.

Single Grain Scotch Whisky means a Scotch whisky distilled at a single distillery but, in addition to water and malted barley, may involve whole grains of other malted or unmalted cereals. "Single Grain" does not mean that only a single type of grain was used to produce the whisky rather, the adjective "single" refers only to the use of a single distillery (and making a "Single Grain" requires using a mixture of grains, as barley is a type of grain and some malted barley must be used in all Scotch whisky).

Excluded from the definition of “Single Grain Scotch Whisky” is any spirit that qualifies as a Single Malt Scotch Whisky or as a Blended Scotch Whisky. The latter exclusion is to ensure that a Blended Scotch Whisky produced from Single Malt(s) and Single Grain(s) distilled at the same distillery does not also qualify as Single Grain Scotch Whisky.

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