The production process of scotch whisky is surprisingly simple. It involves malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation.
In order to be considered “scotch” is must be aged for at least three years. Though each whisky reaches its maturation at different ages, most are now aged anywhere from 8-20 years. Many feel that the longer a scotch is aged the smoother and more flavorful it becomes – old whiskies are also more rare and cost a quite a bit more.