5 Things You Didn’t Know About Whiskey

  1. The Single Malt Misconception

The Single Malt misconception refers to the definition of the word Single in Single Malt. The Single refers not to the product made by a single grain but the single distillery that the product comes from. Majority of all single malt whiskeys are blends of different years, for example, a 15-year-old single malt may be a blend of a 10 year old, 18 year old, 15 year old and 5 year old whiskey. Although it is a blended whiskey all the different whiskeys that make up the blend come from a SINGLE distillery therefore it is classified as a Single Malt. Distillers have been blending whiskey recently to ensure consistency in their product.

Summed up: The misconception is that a single malt is a product of a single barrel however it is usually a blend of different barrels and ages to keep consistency but from the SAME DISTILLERY.

  1. Scottish vs Irish Whiskey

There isn’t much difference apart from the distilleries recipes. However the Irish spell the golden liquid – Whiskey with an “e” where as the Scottish spell it without the “e “ – Whisky.

  1. Bourbon is Whiskey

Bourbon is a whiskey but there are a two major defining factors that make Bourbon, Bourbon. The first is that the grain mixture used to make Bourbon has to be comprised of at least 51% corn. The second is the Bourbon whiskey can only be labelled Bourbon if it is distilled in the U.S.A.

  1. Japanese Whiskeys

Believe it or not some of the worlds best whiskeys are distilled in Japan. The far eastern country has emerged as a force to be reckoned with on the global whiskey scene.

  1. The Preferred Method of Drinking Whiskey

If you drink your whiskey neat, add a dash of distilled water to better enhance the flavour profile. If you drink your whiskey on the rocks you should only use ice made from distilled water. Ice blocks made from tap water contain chemicals such as chlorine, which distort the taste of the whiskey.

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