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Whiskeys come in three main different forms , Bourbon, Scotch and Rye. While there are basic similarities, each has characteristics and manufacturing practices that make them unique. This article will help you understand  what makes each unique, and the next time you’re at a bar, you’ll be well equipped to order (and enjoy) the tasty spirit you really want.

What is whiskey?

Whisky is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash. This mash is typically aged in wooden casks, which is what gives it that distinct brown colour and taste. Popular whiskey brands include Johnnie Walker, Jack Daniels and The Macallan.

Whiskey (sometimes spelled as Whisky)

Whisky is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash. This mash is typically aged in wooden casks, which is what gives it that distinct brown colour and taste. Popular whiskey brands include Johnnie Walker, Jack Daniels and The Macallan.

The terms whiskey and whisky come about primarily from geographic differences. In the United States and Ireland, grain alcohols are referred to as whiskey, while in Canada and Scotland, they call it whisky.

Bourbon

Bourbon, whose name comes from an area known as “Old Bourbon” in Kentucky, is a whiskey that’s distilled from corn. For a whiskey to be considered bourbon, the grain mash must be at least 51 percent corn. On top of that, by law the mixture must be stored in charred oak containers and cannot contain any additives. Finally Bourbon has no minimum aging period, but to call your product Straight Bourbon it must be aged for no less than two years (and can have no added coloring, flavor or other spirits added). Blended bourbon is permitted to contain coloring, flavoring and other spirits, as long as 51% of the mix is straight bourbon. The age on the bottle of blended bourbon must be the age of the youngest whiskey in the mix.

Bourbon tastes like: something sweet and smoky.

Scotch

Technically, Scotch is whisky (spelled without the “e”) made from mostly malted barley and aged in oak barrels for three years or more, (The number following the name on a bottle of Scotch tells you how long it was aged.) Scotch must have an ABV at less than 94.8%. Finally, you cannot call your drink Scotch unless it was made 100% in Scotland, from Scotland.

Scotch tastes like: Rubber, wood, fire, dirt, and leather.

Rye

Rye is a grass in the wheat tribe and closely related to barley. “Rye whiskey“ can refer either to American whiskey, which must be distilled from at least 51% rye and aged two years or more, or Canadian whisky, which may or may not actually include any rye in its production process.  The only rule to label your whisky as Rye in Canada is for it to have some rye in it, and to possess the aroma, taste and character generally attributed to Canadian whiskey. In America, Rye whiskey must be made from a mash made from no less than 51% rye. The other ingredients commonly used include corn and barley. Same as Bourbon it must be aged in charred new oak barrels distilled to an ABV less than 80% (and like bourbon it must be no more than 62.5% when added to the cask). Again, as Bourbon, only Rye which has been aged more than two years may be referred to as Straight. There is only one Rye producer in the world (Alberta Premium, from Canada) which is made from 100% rye mash.

Rye tastes like: A spicy, grainy, hard-edged version of bourbon.

 

 

Resources: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelle-pruett/whiskey-bourbon-scotch-ry_b_9548538.html?1459178878&te=Liquor

https://www.thrillist.com/vice/rye-vs-bourbon-vs-scotch-whiskey-types-explained-guide-to-different-types-of-whisky-whiskey

http://www.realmendrinkwhiskey.com/know-your-whiskey-the-difference-between-bourbon-and-scotch/

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