Bobby Burns Cocktail
Happy National Scotch Day!
Scotch Whisky comes in several forms, but has one thing in common: It must be produced in Scotland*.
Blended Malt: Made from the blending of different single malt scotches from at least two different distilleries. Also referred to as vatted malt.
Single Malt: Must be produced in a single distillery from 100% malted barley. Most single malts are matured in old bourbon and sherry casks.
Cask Strength: Bottled usually undiluted or lightly diluted straight from the cask. This type can be rare and is usually only done with the finest scotch.
Japanese Malt*: Not made in Scotland, but very much inspired by the practices and methods of Scotch Whisky production. Distilleries do not trade grain and malt whiskies, so this restricts the variety of each producer’s blends.
Shown from left to right: Dewars White Label, Ardmore Single Malt, Talisker 10, Macallan 12, Macallan 17 and McClelland’s Lowland Single Malt with iceball.
Scotch gets it notable smoky characteristics from the malting process. Each region of Scotch Whisky production has its own distinct taste. Here are the 6 regions:
- Speyside – most distilleries reside in this region.
- The Islands
Remember, Scotch Whisky does not have an “e”. American and Irish whiskey does. Canadian, Scottish and Japanese whisky does not.
I couldn’t think of a more appropriate scotch cocktail to write about than the Bobby Burns, named after Scotland’s favorite son: Robert Burns. Chances are you have heard of Robert Burns or perhaps know of his poetry. Well, here is his cocktail…
The Bobby Burns Cocktail:
- 2 oz. 12 year old single malt scotch
- .75 oz Sweet Vermouth
- 1 barspoon Benedictine
- Garnish with lemon peel
Glass: Chilled Coupe glass or Manhattan glass (shown)
Method: Build your cocktail in a pint glass. Add ice and stir. Strain into your glass. Add garnish.
-Recipe from PDT (pictured above)
What is your favorite scotch?