Whiskeys & Whiskies: Meet the cousins
Yes, it’s true. There are other members of the whiskey family out there in the world besides Irish. Here’s a handy summary for you to print out and keep.
|Type of whiskey||Irish||Scotch||American|
|Country of Origin||Ireland||Scotland||USA|
|Grain||Malted & unmalted barley & maize||Mated barley maize & wheat||Corn (maize), barley, wheat & rye|
|Distillations||3 (although there are a couple of exceptions to this)||2||1 or 2|
|Style of Whiskey||Production pot still & grain whiskey||Malt whiskey & grain whiskey||Mixed cereal/grain whiskeys|
|Stills Used||Pot still & column still||Pot still & column still||Column still & pot still|
|Maturation||3 years minimum||3 years minimum||2 years minimum|
|Barrels||Seasoned bourbon, sherry & port||Seasoned bourbon, sherry & port||New charred American oak barrels|
|Colour||Varies on style||Varies on style||Darker|
|Taste||Roundness, creamy, fruit/spice||Smokey/dry/fruit||Sharp/wood/bitter/vanilla|
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