Announcing the new categories of Scotch Whisky

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Deciphering the label information on bottles of Scotch can be a little confusing; between the Gaelic, archaic finishing vs. maturation barrel volume sizes, the sometimes esoteric tasting notes, and the mystery related to the composition of the bottle's contents information it's no wonder the process of shopping for a new dram can be overwhelming. Today, five new legal definitions of Scotch whisky styles have come into effect based on the The Scotch Whisky Regulations, 2009 with the intended goal of clearing up some confusion in the market about the composition of the main types of Scotch Whisky currently in production.
The new definitions are as follows: 

Single Malt Scotch Whisky - a Scotch Whisky that has been distilled in pot stills in one or more batches at a single distillery from water and malted barley, without the addition of any other cereals. 

Single Grain Scotch Whisky - a Scotch Whisky that has been distilled at a single distillery except Single Malt Scotch Whisky or a Blended Scotch Whisky. 

Blended Scotch Whisky - a blend of one or more Single Malt Scotch Whiskies with one or more Single Grain Scotch Whiskies. 

Blended Malt Scotch Whisky - a blend of two or more Single Malt Scotch Whiskies that have been distilled at more than one distillery. (previously known as Vatted Malt or Pure Malt Scotch Whisky) 

Blended Grain Scotch Whisky - a blend of two or more Single Grain Scotch Whiskies that have been distilled at more than one distillery. (previously known as Vatted Grain Scotch Whisky) 

What do you think of the new definitions? Do you think they provide more clarity?


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