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WHISKY TYPES

Discovering the best whisky could lead you to visit every Scottish distillery, or even to bustling whisky auctions. Wherever you are on your whisky journey, a little knowledge about flavour and technique can go a long way.

We know what you’re thinking.
WHISKY OR WHISKEY?

Finally, an answer.

One time world leaders in whiskey production, Ireland added an ‘e’ in 1875 to distinguish their product from the Scottish version in the American market. The influx of Irish immigrants meant America adopted the same spelling. Today, with Single Malt Scotch Whisky recognised as the world’s leading whisky, every other country has opted for the original spelling.

 

DIFFERENT WHISKIES
A brief guide to six of the most popular whisky types currently being enjoyed around the world.

Scotch Whisky

Scotch Whisky

There are hundreds of operating distilleries in Scotland, but every one must mature its product in the country for at least three years and one day, using oak casks.

Irish whisky

Irish whisky

Most Irish whiskey is made in a pot still and distilled three times, as opposed to the more common Scottish double distillation, and is famed for its smooth character.

American whisky

American whisky

This is a spirit made from any cereal grain including rye, corn, barley and wheat. Around a third of American whiskies are bourbons.

Bourbon

Bourbon

To be a Bourbon, the whiskey’s mash must contain at least 51% corn, and the resulting spirit always has to be matured in new oak casks, although there is no minimum for how long. Those aged for at least two years are called Straight Bourbon.

Japanese whisky

Japanese whisky

Nearly 100 years old, the Japanese whisky industry offers traditional flavours like peat, but also includes new, innovative elements such as aging in plum wine casks

Canadian whisky

Canadian whisky

Known for the inclusion of a small amount of rye in their maltings, Canadians also use a combination of barley, corn and wheat grains to create a liquid famed for its smoothness

TYPES OF SCOTCH WHISKY
So many ways to enjoy the water of life.