- A malt or grain whisky made in Scotland. To legally be considered a scotch whisky, the whisky must
- be produced at a distillery in Scotland
- be made from a mash of malted barley to which only whole grains of other varieties may be added
- be distilled to an alcoholic strength of less than 94.8% ABV (189.6 proof)
- be aged in oak barrels for at least three years
- contain no added colors, flavors, or aromas (with the exception of caramel coloring)
- be bottled at no less than 40% ABV (80 proof)
Any age statement on a scotch whisky must reflect the age of the youngest whisky used to produce it.