Types of Whiskey
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4 Types Of Whiskey Your Shelf Needs

Elevate your shelf to the next level with these delicious 4 types of whiskey.

There are a lot of types of whiskeys available to the public, you might be a connoisseur and know every single type or you could just be someone who’s thought about drinking whiskey but is a bit intimidated by the sheer amount and don’t know where to start.

Either way, this article is for you to enjoy.

Here are 4 types of whiskey your shelf needs to add more flavour into your life and impress friends and family who come over for a drink.

 

Irish Whiskey

The first on our list is a famous Irish Whiskey made on the island of, you guessed it… Ireland.

The word ‘Whiskey’ comes from the Irish Gaelic saying ‘Uisce Beatha’ meaning water of life.
Irish Whiskey has a lot of rich history with it being one of the earliest distilled drinks in Europe during around the 12th century founded by Irish Monks and even became the most popular spirit in the world though it was later hit with a decline during the 19th century.

Irish Whiskey has a much smoother flavour then other types of whiskey, one reason being due to the fact they don’t toast it’s barley when making it.

The process of making Irish whiskey is from a mash of malt, then distilled using only water and topped with caramel colouring. Irish Whiskey must be distilled in wooden caskets for at least three whole years.

This results in a smooth whiskey that’s easy to sip on the rocks, neat or sometimes even Irish Whiskey is used inside cocktails.

 

Scotch Whisky

If you are wondering why Scotch falls under Whisky and not Whiskey is because Scotch is made in Scotland where they do not use an ‘e’ in their whisky whereas Ireland uses an ‘e’.

American’s carry on this tradition and use an ‘e’ in their whiskey but in Canada and Japan, they use the Scottish saying.

The earliest known record of distillation of Scotch dates all the way back to 1494 at Lindores Abby at a monastery in Fife.

Scotland has benefited massively economically from Scotch Whiskey with them calculating that single malt Scotch accounted for £1.17B in exports.

Scotch whiskey is made with either malt or grain in Scotland. The Scottish have laws in place that all distillers must follow in order to make scotch. The spirit must be aged inside an oak barrel for at least three whole years with each bottle having an age statement on it.

The best way to take Scotch is neat, pour yourself a glass and find out for yourself.

 

Bourbon Whiskey

Now we go all the way to America for this one, the precise inspiration for the name is still uncertain at this time but it is derived from the French Bourbon Dynasty. Two possible inspirations for the name are Bourbon Street in New Orleans or Bourbon County in Kentucky.

Bourbon has been distilled since the 18th century, it’s just the name Bourbon was actually not applied until the 1850s. It can be made anywhere in the United States though it’s likely made in the South of America.

To be called Bourbon Whiskey, it needs to be made from 51% corn and aged in a new oak barrel in the United States Of America!

It has no minimum ageing period but needs to be bottled at least 80 percent proof or more.

Bourbon usually has very strong notes of caramel, oak and vanilla. Due to these pleasant flavours it can be enjoyed the same as Irish Whiskey, on the rocks, neat or in some cocktails.

 

Japanese Whisky

It came to the party a lot later than your Scotch and Irish Whiskey with it beginning in the 1870’s and the first commercial production in just 1924 but make no mistake that Japanese hold their whisky to incredibly high standards.

It was made to get close to the scotch-esque style and uses very close distilling methods to achieve this but unlike Scottish whisky producers, they never trade barrels with each other due to the competitiveness in Japan.

It can often be very hard to find intentionally due to its popular demand.

Unlike the rest, this whisky is mostly used to be in mixed drinks and often served with a splash of cola in.

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