The Zen of Kosher Scotch
on 19/05/11 at 12:43 pmSpirits
As anyone who has visited the dry garden at the Zen temple Ryoanji, in Kyoto, Japan, can tell you, it’s not just the raw materials that make a site worth visiting. If raked gravel were all it took to attract tourists, then the world’s quarries would be mobbed. Likewise, the aura that surrounds Scottish whisky distilleries goes beyond their relatively unprepossessing appearance and explains why visitors are increasingly drawn to the remote north of Britain. In recent years, kosher whisky tour groups have been among the buses pulling up into small parking lots located 600 miles, or more, north of London.
Stretching from Speyside to the Western Isles to the Highlands, Scotland’s 103 distilleries produce whiskies with a variety of flavors and characteristics. Whiskey (with an “e”) is made by distilling fermented mash from a variety of different grains. But Scotch whisky (no “e”) uses only barley and water, so any variations come from the process and the barrels in which the maturing whisky is stored.