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Whiskey Fun Fact: "To distill whiskey you first have to make beer. Beer is a technical term for whiskey wash, regardless of the type of raw ingredients used." - The American Distilling Institute The Whiskey Matrix There are several categories of whiskey and to understand what makes a particular brand or type a cut above the rest, you need to first understand the different varieties available. First, there are actually two different spellings of whiskey used, “whiskey” and “whisky”. You will find the “ey” version used with American brands as well several other countries while the “y” only version is used by Canadian and Scottish brands.
The many different types, categories and variations include Whiskey, Bourbon, Scotch and Rye. How a particular whiskey is identified depends on where it is produced, how it is produced and if it is a grain or malt-based whiskey. The major production markets for most of the popular brands are America, Canada, Ireland, Japan and Scotland. American Whiskey includes a wide range of variety such as blended whiskey, bourbon, corn whiskey, rye, rye malt and wheat, along with a few others like light or spirit. Canadian Whiskey is predominantly either rye whiskey or a blended variety, although it can include other types as well. Irish Whisky typically produces blended styles, single grain as well as pure pot still whiskey. Scottish Whisky most often fits the textbook definition of scotch, but they produce variations that are mentioned above as well.
Whiskey Fun Fact: Whiskey means "water of life" The Aging Process and Casks for the Best Whiskey Oak Barrels are used to mature whiskey to its final state making it ready for consumption. Using Oak barrels to age whiskey offers important elements that affect the final flavor and aroma which gives each type and brand of whiskey a unique taste. The Oak barrels help remove negative elements present at the beginning of the aging process such as sulfur compounds and an immature flavor that is not as robust as a good whiskey should taste. Additionally, the Oak barrels act as an additive by transferring elements of flavor from the cask such as toastiness, woody notes and fruity flavor undertones. We have barely scratched the surface of explaining all the variations of whiskey and what goes into making it. Stay tuned for updates as we share more and help you become a true whiskey aficionado.