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Truly Scotch

Scotch whisky is without doubt the most popular whisky in the world. Known world wide in the world for its fine taste and smell, the whisky market has forever been dominated by scotch whiskies. Johnny Walker, Chivas Regal, Ballantines, 100 Pipers, Famous Grouse are just a few of the widely appreciated scotch whiskies.

An annual survey of the world’s top spirit brands by the latest Power 100 survey resulted in a list in which scotch whisky topped the charts. With only 13 brands compared to 19 of USA and 17 of France, Scotland and its national drink emerged more powerful.

The survey proved whisky to be the worlds most successful and powerful spirits brand, ahead of Vodka, Rum, flavored spirits and light wine. Scotch whisky accounted for 13 of the top 100 brands: Johnnie Walker (3), Chivas Regal (9), Ballantine's (11), Dewars (14), and J&B (16) Grants (27) 100 Pipers (37), Famous Grouse (38) Bells (54), Glenfiddich (69), Cutty Sark (68), The Macallan (92) The Glenlivet (94).

What makes whisky and in particular Scotch whisky so appreciable?

Of the many factors, the secret of Scotch whisky is believed to be the quality of Scottish waters. On the basis of the geographical regions, Scotland’s lowlands, highlands, speyside and the islands with their different climates make up different favors of whisky. Scotch whiskies are matured in oak casks for years. The older it is, the better the whisky turns out.

Scotch whisky when taken “neat” gives best taste and aroma. Diluting it spoils the taste and weakens the aroma. However some say adding a touch of water, particularly if it is pure, soft spring water serves to enhance the distinctive aroma and flavour of a whisky. Ideally the same spring water used in the making of the particular whisky is considered to be the best option, in this case Scottish mineral water. Similarly ice and carbonated water also interfere with the quality of the drink. Scotch whisky lovers suggest that taking it neat is the way to truly enjoy Scotch whisky.

However there are also many who love the drink diluted, or in either ways. The best spirit in the world has proved to be great no matter whatever form you take it in. Here’s to the best drink in the world, Scotch whisky. Cheers!

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