As our craft whiskey inventory is growing, we figured it would be a good idea to get to know a little bit more about the art of making it. Many people know that whiskey is made much the same way as beer, except that it is distilled, and contains no hops. Whiskey must also sit in the barrel for a minimum of three years. This timeline, as well as several other guidelines, is what separates all the different types of whiskey. A survey conducted in 2010 by the Chivas Brothers, however, determined that only about 10% of individuals know what the age on the whiskey bottle represents. The age is in reference to the youngest whiskey in that bottle, versus the oldest or average age.
Whiskey or Whisky?
One question we, and many others it turns out, have is what is the difference between “whiskey” and “whisky?” Does the same liquor really have two different ways of spelling. The short answer is, yes. The spelling varies based on where the whiskey was made. The confusion began when both Ireland and Scotland claimed to be the birthplace of whiskey, and each country used the different spellings to differentiate between the two. Today, generally Irish and American whiskey use the “e,” while Scotland, Wales, Canada, Japan, and a few other countries omit it in favor of “whisky.”
Still confused? That’s okay, we’ve found that the rules aren’t always clear, but experience can sometimes be the best teacher. So stop in for some of our new craft whiskeys today!