Experience has shown that there are many aspects of Scotch Whisky distilling and blending that are not generally understood and there is a need for a handy reference book such as this providing answers to queries which arise frequently.
One aspect which often causes confusion, for example, is the length of time for which Scotch is matured. Because of this maturation period, which varies for different whiskies, it is impossible to relate production figures for any given year to consumption figures for that same year. The distiller, when making whisky, and the blender, when laying it down for maturation, are not aiming to satisfy immediate consumer demand, but must attempt to forecast likely demand for ten years or more ahead. Maturing, in fact, presents problems - including financial problems - which are unique to the Scotch Whisky Industry.
To prepare this book, it has been necessary to draw freely on the assistance of people in the Scotch Whisky Industry, all expert in their own fields to whom the Association is indebted.
© SWA 1995