27th July Is Scotch Whiskey Day! Celebrate with Umesky!21 Jul 2021
27th July Is Scotch Whiskey Day
July 27 is celebrated as a Scotch Whisky Day in the world. The date marks the anniversary of that fateful day in 1494 when Scotland’s whiskies were first taxed. Make a toast on National Scotch Day and share a drink with a friend!
Not all whiskey made in Scotland is Scotch. In order to be called Scotch, it has to meet strict regulations, such as the need to use oak barrels for maturation and storage. It must be fermented from malted barley, aged in oak barrels for at least three years and have an ABV or alcohol content of less than 94.8%. While most scotch is made with barley, water and yeast; other grains can be included. The law does not allow any fermentation additives.
Celebrate with Umesky
Umesky is a unique blend of whisky and ume fruits. Every July unripe ume is steeped in the whisky made in the distillery, slowly drawing out the sweetness and sourness of ume. Ume is harvested in Toyama Prefecture and it is steeped for around a year in the whisky. The result is hard to describe but the delicate aroma of ume and the smooth whiskey are the characteristics of Umesky. At the first sip, you will feel the acidity of ume (which is a little bit stronger that regular umeshu), and then the smooth taste of whisky will follow soon after.
There are many ways to drink Umesky. The best way is to enjoy it straight or on rocks, but you can also try diluting with water or soda water, or even hot water. We recommend enjoying Umesky on its own first, but if you want to try paring it with foods, choose something that is not too overpowering in flavor.