Definition of Scotch whisky in US English:

Scotch whisky


  • Whiskey distilled in Scotland, especially from malted barley.

    count noun ‘the most richly flavored of all Scotch whiskies’
    • ‘His drinks of choice are Pernod, Tequila, Southern Comfort, Jim Beam and any Scotch whisky that costs more than Chivas Regal.’
    • ‘Pernod's roots may be in aniseed but Scotch whisky is today the largest sector in the French company's portfolio and the one to which it is giving top spin.’
    • ‘The best American piece is on how Scotch whisky still poured into the USA during Prohibition.’
    • ‘All this prosperity makes Norway an expensive place: a bottle of decent Scotch whisky, for example, costs £35.’
    • ‘At night, luxuriate at charming inns, sampling Scotch whisky.’
    • ‘There is the famous instance of Chivas Regal Scotch whisky losing sales when it cut prices, thereby reducing its status as a prestigious gift.’
    • ‘The first commercial back on air after days of advertising-free programming on CNN International was for Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky.’
    • ‘He had settled himself comfortably as if he had all the time in the world, ordered a large peg of his favorite Scotch whisky, and then, things just went out of control.’
    • ‘By law, all Scotch whisky must be aged at least three years, and few brands enter the U.S. without being aged at least four years.’
    • ‘The special triple blending process makes Chivas Regal 18 Year Old the smoothest, richest Scotch whisky in the world.’
    • ‘The US is the world's biggest market for Scotch whisky.’
    • ‘Beer and rum, including a fairly raw variety known as aguardiente are the most popular alcoholic drinks, although urban elites prefer Scotch whisky.’
    • ‘Exports of Scotch whisky soared to £2.2bn last year.’
    • ‘In many households there is a strong tradition of serving the bun with Scotch whisky; but the bun may of course be found in households where Scotch whisky is never consumed.’
    • ‘Better than Baileys, it is certainly the best cream liqueur tasted, made with Scotch whisky.’
    • ‘But not long ago, I went to a tasting with a twist: The food was matched with six single-malt Scotch whiskies, each with its own fragrance and flavor.’
    • ‘Older is not necessarily better when it comes to fine single-malt Scotch whisky.’
    • ‘The extraordinary success story of Scotch whisky is built on a world-class example of myth - making and alcohol-fuelled mysticism.’
    • ‘A merger of Pernod and Allied, whose brands include Ballantine and Teacher's Scotch whisky, therefore looked the likeliest outcome.’
    • ‘Most of their output was blended Scotch whisky rather than single malt, primarily the Highland Queen and Bailie Nicol Jarvie brands.’


The spelling Scotch whiskey is considered improper. For an explanation of when to use the spelling whisky rather than whiskey, see whiskey


Scotch whisky

/skäCH ˈ(h)wiskē/