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Mistress Carrie talks Scotch 101 with Jonathan Wingo from Balvenie

Jonathan Wingo, a Scotch expert from the Balvenie Distillery has some shopping and tasting tips to help you make the right choice when it comes to Scotch. I'm no expert, and I had a lot of questions... JW is a serious expert!

Listen to my interview below!

It may not be everyone’s cup of whisky, but if sales are any indication, Scotch is more popular worldwide than ever before.  Scotch sales have nearly doubled over the past ten years to roughly $7 billion, according to the Scotch Whisky Association. The United States is the world’s leading importer of the drink, buying nearly $1.32 billion worth of the spirit each year. The drink can legally be called Scotch only if it’s made in Scotland and aged in oak casks for at least three years.

How best to share Scotch:

  • How to pick a whisky for Dad – what to look for
  • What Scotch to buy the non-Scotch drinker  
  • What characteristics make up various Scotch brands and region?
  • Different ways to enjoy Scotch during the summer months
  • Difference between Scotch, Irish, Bourbon
  • Difference in Scotland regions and flavor profile
  • Single Malt vs Blended?
  • What’s a dram?
  • How to properly read a label?
  • What does Handcrafted mean when it comes to Scotch?
  • The history of Scotch
  • What types of vessels do you drink from? Does the drinking glass matter?
  • On the rocks or straight up and other fun terminology to use when ordering your favorite Scotch
  • Whiskey vs Whisky

About Jonathan Wingo - The Balvenie Ambassador, Central USA - Texas native and whisky expert, The Balvenie Brand Ambassador Jonathan Wingo has been making a name for himself in the whisky industry since 2010. In the past several years, Jonathan has been running a whisky specialty shop in Brooklyn, NY; founded an educational seminar dedicated to whisky and has worked in a variety of roles for distillers on both coasts of the United States. His enthusiasm for the spirit was what led to his recognition in 2012 by Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30” in the Food and Wine category. As a result, Jonathan has been profiled in The New York Times and The Dallas Morning News. The Whiskey Shop has been reviewed by Zagat, Travel + Leisure and the Japanese publication, Pen.  In addition to his work with The Whiskey Shop, Jonathan also co-founded Camp Whiskey, a seasonal, 5-week course of informal classes that partners with distillers, suppliers and guest speakers in a greater effort to spread the message about whisk(e)y and develop a community. With his extensive knowledge and passion for the art of whisky, Jonathan is now ready to teach others about the most handcrafted Single Malt to audiences across America.