Liquid Gold

When I think about Scotland the first thing that springs to mind for me is sheep in green valleys. I know I know, it’s not really like this everywhere in Scotland, but I have this image in my head of sheep just wandering around. Anyhow, other things that people think of when they think about Scotland are haggis, kilts, bagpipes, shortbread and whisky.

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Ahh, this liquid gold, so good to the taste wet so strong in alcohol. Scotland is renowned worldwide for its Scotch Whiskies. No wonder why it’s their national drink and their biggest export. Scotland has over 100 distilleries that are in 5 different whisky regions, which created a wide variety of flavour and character. From the lighter ones to the strong smoky ones, Scotland has a whisky for everyone. “By law, whisky cannot be called Scotch unless it has been matured for a minimum of three years in Scotland.

Whisky or Whiskey, that is the question! Ireland and America spell it with an “e” and the Scottish without. In the end, it doesn’t really matter, what matters is that it tastes great!

In Edinburgh, one of the most popular whisky attraction has to be The Scotch Whisky Experience. This place isn’t like a normal museum, it’s really an experience. You start by getting into a barrel that will guide thru a super innovative tour that explains to you how whisky is made. Have you never dreamt about being in a whisky barrel? Then you get a presentation that explains the different whisky regions of Scotland. After that is the best part, the tasting. You get a scratch card that helps you choose which whisky region you will get to taste. Great thing, you get to keep the glass after the tasting.The Scotch Whisky Experience has the world’s largest collection of Scotch whisky and you can see all the bottles during the tour.

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If you are a whisky connoisseur or you want to discover the drink, The Scotch Whisky Experience is for you!

Stephanie Lacasse

 

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