Whiskey

Whiskey or whisky is not only a spirit type but it is a broad categorization of the spirits.  If you are new to the world of whiskey, you may be wondering why there is different spelling or what the difference is with whiskey vs. scotch or bourbon.

Whiskey is made from fermented grain mash.  A Mash is a fancy word for base mixture of grain and water.  Different grains are used for different whiskey varieties including barley, corn, wheat and rye.  Whiskies typically age in wooden casks which are often made of charred white oak.  A type of whiskey is determined by two things:  The County of origin and grain that is used in distillation process.  Different grains and production methods create different tastes, from sweet to spicy and from smooth to smokey.  Types of whiskey include bourbon, rye whiskey, scotch, Irish whiskey, Japanese whisky and Canadian Whisky.

Whiskey drink

Whiskey from Ireland and the US is usually spelled with an “e”.  Whiskey from Scotland, Canada, and elsewhere is spelled without the e.   Thirsty for more? Explore more about the types of whiskey below:

  • Bourbon is made from a mash of at least 51% corn and aged in new, charred-oak barrels, and follows a specific US mandate and laws. American Whiskeys are a broad category, but usually made of corn, rye, barley, or wheat, and aged in oak barrels.
  • Irish Whiskey is the oldest whiskey in the world and has become synonymous with smooth. Today it is distilled and aged on the island of Ireland in wooden barrels for at least 3 years before bottling.
  • Scotch Whisky is distilled in Scotland and aged in oak barrels for at least 3 years. The barley is often dried using smoke from burning peat, which gives scotch its signature smoky flavor.
  • Rye Whiskey is another type of American whiskey that follows all the same laws as bourbon except one: rye whiskey must be distilled with a mash of at least 51% rye. Its flavor is usually drier when compared to the sweet flavor of bourbon.
  • Canadian Whisky is a broad category of whiskies that are fermented, distilled, and aged in Canada. Canadian distillers usually ferment, distill, and age each grain separately, then blend to create a smooth final product.

Talisker

While it may not feature peat as heavily as some Islay malts, the subtle peat flavor in Talisker gives an earthy background note that suits the rocky flavor. Because of the complex flavors mixing in this whisky, some people may find it takes a few drinks to get used to it. However once appreciated, you won’t find a better drink than Talisker for relaxing at the end of a long day.

Larceny Bourbon

Larceny Bourbon’s innovated name owes itself to legendary whiskey thief John E. Fitzgerald. His penchant for stealing bourbons straight from their aging barrels gives inspiration to this new Kentucky Bourbon that has been released from Heaven Hill. Like other favorites such as Maker’s Mark or Pappy Van Winkle, this bourbon is wheated – this time from the mind of Parker’s Heritage and makers Evan Williams and Elijah Craig. Unlike the more traditional rye, the wheat is used as the flavoring grain. This difference results in a bourbon that is softer, less spicy, and fuller than those flavored by rye.

Chivas Regal 12 Year Scotch Whisky

Chivas Regal 12 was one of the first scotch whiskies I ever tasted. At that time, I was just a college student and didn’t know much about scotch or difference between single malt or blended.  People added water to it or mix it with coke or some sort of sodas when they drank it.  Chivas is a big name in scotch world and this particular bottle is widely available and I remember everyone used to give a bottle as gift. Couple of months ago, I had the chance to try some from a full bottle. It is not as bad as I originally thought it was. 

Angel’s Envy Rye

From the Ingenuity of a Master Distiller comes Lincoln Henderson’s modern take on bourbon that took the American whiskey scene by storm not so long ago. Now Angel’s Envy has returned with a 95% rye whiskey with a Caribbean Rum Cask finish. This special brand was highly popular and sold out quickly. 

Glenlivet Nadurra

I don’t think that Glenlivet is the kind of whiskey you would expect to get when you ask for a scotch on the plane but if you do get it, it is not likely to be top-shelf connoisseur stuff.  Some consider Glenlivet 12 to be the Budweiser Of single-malts, as it is mild, watery and best of all relatively inexpensive. But that’s not to say that it’s a bad bottle.  As a matter of fact, I personally think it’s a great single malt scotch for the price and truly enjoy the green apple note that is the signature characteristic of this dram. 

Angel’s Envy Bourbon

What is the one thing you hate about lower-priced bourbons and scotches? If you are like us it is that impure alcohol taste. Of course, there is that sticky sweet taste of corn whiskey. After a few swigs of that, I feel as though I am drinking down melted candy corn from Halloween.

If you are looking for a bourbon that you can truly appreciate, then look no further than Angel’s Envy a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey that has been aged for 4-7 years and finished for an additional 3-6 months in “port pipes” otherwise known as casks that held fortified wine from Portugal. It is obvious that Lincoln Henderson knows exactly what should be done, there is absolutely no shudder when drinking this. While it may be young it is a quality dram. This is the type of whiskey that is gong to stand out in a crowd and a sub-$50 price range bourbon that you can genuinely recommend to your friends. For the past few years, I honestly did not think such a thing existed!