July 20, 2020

Story of Whisky / Whiskey

 

 

WHAT IS WHISKEY / WHISKY???

Whiskey is a dark distilled spirit that is made from a variety of grains, including barley, corn, rye, and wheat. It is distilled throughout the world, most popularly in Ireland, Scotland, the United States, Canada, and Japan. There are various styles of whiskey and some countries have regulations that stipulate how it is produced. Whether it’s Irish whiskey, scotch, bourbon, or Canadian whisky, it’s the most popular liquor in the world and it’s used in numerous cocktail and shot recipes. Surprisingly, drinkers in India consume the most whiskey, though the country’s own whiskey is rarely exported.

Whether it is whisky or whiskey has been the basis of many arguments over many years. The Scots spell it whisky and the Irish spell it whiskey, with an extra ‘e’. This difference in the spelling comes from the translations of the word from the Scottish and Irish Gaelic forms. Whiskey with the extra ‘e’ is also used when referring to American whiskies. This ‘e’ was taken to the United States by the Irish immigrants in the 1700s and has been used ever since. Scotland, Ireland and America all have a rich heritage in the whisky industry.

Know your bourbon from your scotch (and much more!) in this beginner’s guide to the most popular types of whiskey.

 

Irish Whiskey

Irish whiskey has a smoother flavor than other types of whiskey. It’s made from a mash of malt, can only be distilled using water and caramel coloring, and must be distilled in wooden casks for at least three years. The result is a whiskey that’s easy to sip neat or on the rocks, though you can use Irish whiskey to make cocktails.

               

 

Scotch Whisky

Scotch whisky (aka just scotch) is made in Scotland with either malt or grain. The Scots take their whisky-making seriously and have laws in place that distillers must follow. The spirit must age in an oak barrel for at least three years. Plus, each bottle must have an age statement which reflects the youngest aged whisky used to make that blend. This is a whisky to sip neat—it makes an excellent after-dinner drink.

How many Scotch Whisky regions are there?

There are five that remain undisputed: Speyside, Highlands & Islands, Lowlands, Islay, and Campbeltown.

 

Speyside: Glens a plenty, history in abundance

Home to over half of Scotland’s distilleries, Speyside malts from these fifty or so distilleries are known for being frugal with peat and lavish with nutty fruit flavors. Apple, pear, honey, vanilla and spice all have a part to play in the Speyside Whiskies.

               

 

Highlands: Whisky variety

Northern Highland Whiskies, such as Glenmorangie are particularly spirited, with some relief in the cereals and honeys of Dalmore. Head south for the nutty smack of Tullibardine.

       

 

Lowlands: Soft & Smooth

Perching just above England, the Lowlands can play truant from peat or salinity. Soft and smooth malts are characteristic of the region, offering a gentle, elegant palate reminiscent of grass, honeysuckle, cream, ginger, toffee, toast and cinnamon.

 

Islay: Home to the peated beasts

Islay malts are pungent with peat, smoke and salinity, revealing their complexity layer after layer.

   

 

Islands: Maritime locations and polarizing expressions

The versatility of the Islands accommodates both feathery citrus flavors and smoking peaty noses. Between them, Arran, Mull, Jura, Skye and Orkney champion brine, oil, black pepper, heather and honey. For challenging, volcanic drams full or maritime notes that are anything but tame, Island malts are your calling.

 

Campbeltown: From 30+ to 3

Wet wool, salt, smoke, fruit, vanilla and toffee are embraced, abandoned and cocktailed in the various malts of Campbeltown.

 

Japanese Whisky

A little later to the game than Irish and scotch, Japanese whisky has made its mark on the spirits world for its high standards. Japanese whisky was created to taste as close to the scotch style as possible and uses similar distilling methods. It is mostly imbibed in mixed drinks or with a splash of soda.

         

 

Canadian Whisky

Like scotch, Canadian whisky must be barrel-aged for at least three years. It’s lighter and smoother than other types of whiskey because it contains a high percentage of corn. You will find that most Canadian whiskies are made from corn and rye, but other may feature wheat or barley.

           

    

Bourbon Whiskey

An American-style whiskey, bourbon is made from corn. In fact, to be called bourbon whiskey, the spirit needs to be made from at least 51% corn, aged in a new oak barrel and produced in America. It has no minimum aging period and needs to be bottled at 80 proof or more.

                  

 

Tennessee Whiskey

While Tennessee whiskey is technically classified as bourbon, some distillers in the state aren’t too keen on that. Instead, they use Tennessee whiskey to define their style. All current Tennessee whiskey producers are required by state law to produce their whiskeys in Tennessee and to use a filtering step known as the Lincoln County Process prior to aging the whiskey.

       

 

Rye Whiskey

Rye whiskey is made in America with at least 51% rye, while other ingredients include corn and barley. It follows the distilling process of bourbon. Rye that has been aged for two or more years and has not been blended is dubbed “straight rye whiskey.” Rye tends to have a spicier flavor than sweeter, smoother bourbon.

  

 

Blended Whiskey

Blended whiskey is exactly what the name highlights—it’s a mixture of different types of whiskey, as well as colorings, flavors and even other grains. These types of whiskeys are ideal for cocktails, as the process allows for the flavor to come through but keeps the spirit at a lower price point.

                      

 

Single Malt Whisky

Single malt whisky needs to be made from one batch of scotch at a single distillery. Additionally, it must be aged for three years in oak before being bottled. The term “single malt” comes from the ingredients, as the main ingredient is malted barley. However, these rules did not make their way to U.S. distilleries. For example, in America, single malt is sometimes made from rye and not barley.

         

 

By Peggy Trowbridge Filippone from The Spruce Eats & Emily Cappiello from Taste of Home.

 

This is the range of Whisky/Whiskey that we have:

1.     23rd St Hybrid Whiskey 700ml
2.     Aberlour A’Bundah Malt Whiskey 700ml
3.     Aberlour Double Cask Scotch Whisky 12yo 700ml
4.     Archie Rose Distilling Co White Rye 700ml
5.     Ardbeg Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10yo 700ml
6.     Ardmore Legacy 40% SM Scotch Whisky 700ml
7.     Auchentoshan 12yo Single Malt Whisky 700ml
8.     Auchentoshan American Oak Single Malt Whisky 700ml
9.     Auchentoshan Three Wood Single Malt Whisky 700ml
10.   Bakers 107 7yo Bourbon 750ml
11.   Basil Hayden Bourbon 50ml
12.   Blantons Original Private Res Bourbon 700ml
13.   Bonaparte French Brandy 700ml
14.   Bookers Bourbon 750ml
15.   Bounty Dark Rum 150ml
16.   Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Whisky 700ml
17.   Bulleit Bourbon 700ml
18.   Bruichladdich Octomore 7.1 Scotch Whisky 700ml
19.   Bushmills Black Bush Irish Whisky 700ml
20.   Bushmills Single Malt Irish Whiskey 10yo 700ml
21.   Canadian Club 12yo Classic Whisky 700ml
22.   Canadian Club Spiced Whisky 700ml
23.   Canadian Club Whisky 700ml
24.   Canadian Club Whisky 6x1lt
25.   Chivas Regal 12yo Scotch 1lt
26.   Chivas Regal 12yo Scotch 700ml
27.   Chivas Regal Extra 700ml
28.   Chivas Regal Mizunara Scotch 700ml
29.   Chivas Regal Royal Salute Sapphire 21yo 700ml
30.   Chivas Regal Scotch 15yo 700ml
31.   Chivas Regal Scotch 18yo 700ml
32.   Chivas Regal Scotch 25yo 700ml
33.   Chivas Regal Scotch Miniatures 50ml
34.   Chivas Regal Ultis 700ml
35.   Cougar Black Bourbon 700ml
36.   Cougar Bourbon 700ml
37.   Cougar Bourbon 1lt
38.   Cougar Bourbon 1125ml
39.   Dewars Scotch Whisky White Label 700ml
40.   Dewars White Label Whisky 1lt
41.   Dimple 15yo Deluxe Gift 700ml
42.   Dimple Scotch Whisky 12yo 700ml
43.   Eagle Rare 10yo Bourbon 700ml
44.   Evan Williams Kentucky Black Bourbon Whisky 700ml
45.   Famous Grouse Finest Scotch Whisky 700ml
46.   Gentleman Jack Bourbon 700ml
47.   George Dickel No 8 Bourbon 750ml
48.   Glen Grant Scotch Whiskey 10yo 700ml
49.   Glenfiddich Ancient Reserve 18yo 700ml
50.   Glenfiddich IPA 700ml
51.   Glenfiddich Malt Whisky 12yo 700ml
52.   Glenfiddich Single Malt Whisky 21yo 700ml
53.   Glenfiddich Solera Reserve 15yo 700ml
54.   Glenfiddich Twenty (XX) 47% 700ml
55.   Glenkinchie Malt Whisky 12yo 700ml
56.   Glenlivet Founders Reserve Malt Whisky 700
57.   Glenlivet Single Malt Scotch 12yo 700ml
58.   Glenlivet Single Malt Whisky 18yo 700ml
59.   Glenmorangie Lasanta 700ml
60.   Glenmorangie Malt Whisky 10yo 700ml
61.   Glenmorangie Malt Whisky 18yo 700ml
62.   Glenmorangie Nectar D’or 12yo 700ml
63.   Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 12yo 700ml
64.   Glenmorangie Signet Whisky 700ml
65.   Grants Fine Old Scotch 700ml
66.   Hakushu Single Malt Distillers Res Whisky 700ml
67.   Hibiki Suntory Whiskey 700ml
68.   Highland Park 12yo Single Malt 700ml
69.   Highland Thistle Scotch 150ml
70.   Hudson Baby Bourbon Whisky 350ml
71.   Hudson Manhattan Rye Whisky 350ml
72.   J & B Rare Scotch Whisky 700ml
73.   Jack Daniels B/L Bourbon 500ml
74.   Jack Daniels B/L Whisky 350ml
75.   Jack Daniels B/L Whisky 700ml
76.   Jack Daniels B/L Whisky 200ml
77.   Jack Daniels B/L Whisky 1lt
78.   Jack Daniels B/L Whisky 3lt
79.   Jack Daniels B/L Whisky Minitures 50ml
80.   Jack Daniels Honey 700ml
81.   Jack Daniels No 27 Gold 700ml
82.   Jack Daniels Old Time Tennessee Whiskey 700ml
83.   Jack Daniels Red Dog Saloon 700ml
84.   Jack Daniels Single Barrel Rye 700ml
85.   Jack Daniels Tennessee Fire 700ml
86.   Jameson Black Barrel Irish Whiskey 700ml
87.   Jameson Caskmates IPA Whiskey 700ml
88.   Jameson Caskmates Whiskey 700ml
89.   Jameson Irish Whiskey 1000ml
90.   Jameson Irish Whiskey Select Reserve 12yo 700ml
91.   Jameson Irish Whisky 700ml
92.   Jim Beam Bonded 700ml
93.   Jim Beam Bourbon 1125ml
94.   Jim Beam Bourbon 375ml
95.   Jim Beam Bourbon 1lt
96.   Jim Beam Bourbon 200ml
97.   Jim Beam Bourbon Black Label 700ml
98.   Jim Beam Bourbon White Label 700ml
99.   Jim Beam Devils Cut 700ml
100.  Jim Beam Double Oak Bourbon 700ml
101.   Jim Beam Honey 700ml
102.   Jim Beam Rye Whisky 700ml
103.   Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch 200ml
104.   Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch 50ml
105.   Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch 375ml
106.   Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch 700ml
107.   Johnnie Walker Black Label Sherry Edition 700ml
108.   Johnnie Walker Blue Label Scotch 200ml
109.   Johnnie Walker Blue Tiffany Scotch 700ml
110.   Johnnie Walker Double Black 700ml
111.    Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Scotch 750ml
112.   Johnnie Walker Gold Label Scotch 200ml
113.   Johnnie Walker Green Label 700ml
114.   Johnnie Walker Red Label Scotch 1lt
115.   Johnnie Walker Red Label Scotch 375ml
116.   Johnnie Walker Red Label Scotch 50ml
117.   Johnnie Walker Red Label Scotch 700ml
118.   Johnnie Walker Red Label Scotch 200ml
119.   Johnnie Walker Red Rye Finish 700ml
120.  Kentucky Club Bourbon 700ml
121.   Knob Creek 9yo Kentucky Bourbon Whisky 700ml
122.  Knob Creek Rye Bourbon Whisky 700ml
123.  Lagavulin Malt Whisky 16yo 700ml
124.  Laphroaig Malt Whiskey Tin 700ml
125.  Laphroaig Select Cask Single Malt Whisky 700ml
126.  Lochan Ora Whisky Liqueur 700ml
127.  Macnaughton Canadian Whisky 750ml
128.  Makers Mark Bourbon 700ml
129.  Makers Mark Forty Six Bourbon 750ml
130.  McCallums Scotch Whisky 700ml
131.   McKenna Kentucky Straight Bourbon 700ml
132.   Monkey Shoulder Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml
133.   Nikka All Malt Whiskey 700ml
134.   Nikka from the Barrel Whisky 500ml
135.   Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt Whisky 750ml
136.   Oban Malt Whisky 14yo 700ml
137.   Rittenhouse Straight Rye Whisky 100 Proof 750ml
138.   Royal Crown Scotch 700ml
139.   Singleton 12yo Scotch Whiskey 700ml
140.   Singleton Malt Master Selection Whisky 700ml
141.    Singleton Spey Cascade Scotch Whisky 700ml
142.    Southern Comfort Black Bourbon 700ml
143.    Southern Comfort Bourbon 700ml
144.    Southern Comfort Bourbon 1lt
145.    Southern Comfort Bourbon 200ml
146.    Southern Comfort Original 1000ml
147.    Spicebox Canadian Spiced Whisky 700ml
148.    Starward Malt Whisky 700ml
149.    Strathisla Malt Whisky 12yo 700ml
150.    Suntory Chita Whisky 700ml
151.     Suntory Hibiki Harmony Master Select Whisky 700ml
152.     Suntory Kakubin Whisky 700ml
153.     Talisker Malt Whisky 10yo 700ml
154.     Talisker Skye Single Malt Scotch 700ml
155.     Teachers Scotch Whisky 40% BIS 700ml
156.     The Balvenie 15yo Sherry Cask Scotch 700ml
157.      The Balvenie Carribbean Single Malt Scotch 700ml
158.      The Balvenie Double wood 12yo Malt Whisky 700ml
159.      The Irishman 70 Irish Whiskey 700ml
160.      The Isle Of Jura Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10yo 700ml
161.       The Macallan Sherry Oak 12yo Whisky 750ml
162.      The Macallan Sienna 700ml
163.      Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey 750ml
164.      Tullamore Dew Irish Whisky 700ml
165.      Twin Chiefs Bourbon 700ml
166.     Wild Turkey American Honey Sting 750ml
167.     Wild Turkey Bourbon 86.8 Proof 700ml
168.    Wild Turkey Bourbon 86.8 Proof 1lt
169.    Wild Turkey Bourbon 8yo 101 Proof 700ml
170.    Wild Turkey Bourbon Miniatures 50ml
171.    Wild Turkey Diamond Limited Edition 750ml
172.    Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon 700ml
173.   Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Decades 750ml
174.    Wild Turkey Masters Keep 17yo 750ml
175.    Wild Turkey Rare Breed 700ml
176.   Wild Turkey Russells Reserve 750ml
177.    Woodford Reserve Bourbon Distiller’s Select 700ml
178.   Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon 700ml
179.   Woodstock Kentucky Straight Bourbon 700ml
180.  Wild Turkey Rye Whisky 700ml
181.   Whiskey Barons Old Ripy 375ml
182.  Yamazaki Distiller’s Reserve Whiskey 700ml