Josh Jambon a Discerning Lover of Scotch

As opposed to the genuine Scotch whisk(e)y which aficionados like Josh Jambon may prefer, American whisk(e)y must conform to a variety of regulations, depending on the product being produced.  Bourbon comes from fermented mash which is not less than 51% corn and whose distillation proof cannot be higher than 160.  Bourbon must be matured in new oak barrels, while blended American whisk(e)y must be made with a minimum of 20% whiskey aged two or more years.  Tennessee whisk(e)y is much the same except it is charcoal filtered, so it cannot be labeled as a bourbon.

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Scotch whisky actually made in Scotland and preferred by Scotch purists like Josh Jambon is manufactured according to legal requirements, so that connoisseurs like Josh Jambon may be guaranteed the real article.  It must be made from malted barley, which distinguishes it from other commercial versions made from wheat and rye.  Real Scotch whisky has five categories: single malt, single grain, blended malt, blended grain and blended.  Every variety must be aged in oak barrels for a minimum of three years, and age statements on every bottle must state the age of the youngest whisky in the product.  The Exchequer Rolls of Scotland first mention Scotch whiskey in 1495, distilled by Friar John Cor at Lindores Abbey.   

Today’s Scotch whisky with the fine tastes and aromas which distinguish it to Scotch lovers like Josh Jambon, is regulated by the Scotch Whisky Regulations of 2009, which state that true Scotch whisky must be produced at a Scotland distillery from water and malted barley which has been rendered there into a mash, has been fermented there with endogenous enzyme systems with yeast only.  The true product must be distilled at 190 proof or less and must have been completely matured in a warehouse in Scotland in oak (185 US gallons) for a minimum of three years.  The finished Scotch whisky product must retain the color, aroma and taste of the raw materials used in its production and must contain no added substances beyond water and caramel coloring.  Genuine Scotch whisky must have a minimum proof of at least 80 US.

As a connoisseur of genuine Scotch whiskey, Josh Jambon would certainly have educated himself regarding the information included on a genuine Scotch label, such as production, age, bottling and ownership.  On a proper Scotch whisky label a complete listing of the malt or grain whiskies is given.  The term single cask would indicate that the bottle comes from one cask only.  

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