The world of whisky is vast and beautiful, and for people trying making the jump into it, it can be slightly intimidating. While getting hammered is all good fun, sometimes you want to experience more when you have a drink than just the cold hard bathroom floor on your cheek. . Your alcohol choices are your alcohol choices. . We’re just here to provide information about how to get the best out of some of the finer whiskies out there. Because, let’s face it, a bottle of good whisky is expensive.
1 Whisky, Scotch Or Bourbon
The age old question. Whisky is produced all over the world. It’s the blanket term, if you like, of that particular kind of liquor. . Scotch and bourbon are just different kinds of whisky produced in different places. Scotch is a kind of whisky that is mostly made in Scotland and bourbon is a kind of whiskey (yes, it’s spelt differently too) mostly made in America, especially Kentucky.
2 Single Malt Or Blended
Certain brands only use whisky from one distillery, some use a blend from many different distilleries. Single malts, like your Glenlivets and Highland Parks come from one distillery only. And blended scotch, like your Chivas, are whiskies that are blended with scotch from multiple distilleries Usually single malt whiskies are quite a bit more expensive than your blended verities but that is no indication towards the quality of the whisky. There are as many crappy single malts as there a fantastic blended whiskies. It’s all a matter of preference.
3 What Whisky Should I Try ?
Distilled from a mash of water, yeast, and malted barley and aged in oak barrels for at least three years, it can be a blend of whiskies from different distilleries, or it can be a “single malt,” made by just one. Single malts can come from anywhere, but they have to come from Scotland to earn the name Scotch. There are some great blends—Johnnie Walker Blue Label, for one—but single malts are the rage. Prices are skyrocketing, but great, inexpensive drams remain.
Made from mostly corn and aged in new oak barrels, most of it’s still made in Kentucky, but many of the newer, small-scale craft distilleries are located far beyond the Bluegrass State.