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5 Differences Between Japanese Whisky and Scotch Whisky

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Japanese Whisky is relatively young when compared to Scotch Whisky, but has already made so much impact in the whisky world.

Japanese distilleries use exactly the same techniques that Scottish distillers use. As a matter of fact, Japanese expertise was directly imported from Scotland in the early 20th century by MasatakaTaketsuru, founder of Nikka.

There is, therefore, no fundamental differences in the technical process of making Japanese whisky. However, there are a few things that make Japanese whisky different from Scotland.

Five Differences Between Japanese Whisky and Scotch Whisky

Less Peat

Japanese whiskies are less peated as compared to Scotch whisky. Many of the distilleries in Scotland are located on islands and coastal areas, where naturally peat is widely used for drying barley during the phase of malting. Japanese distillers also make use of peat but in a reduced quantity.

Prolific Distilleries

The Scots have more distilleries than the Japanese. The richness of Scotch Whiskies is obtained through the exchange of productions among many distilleries, each producing mainly one type of single malt.

For Japanese whiskies, the distilleries are few but can produce nearly as many different single malts that exist in Scotland. The Yamazaki distillery, for example, can produce over sixty single malts with distinct characteristics, and blended together it allows Suntory to produce a large number of whiskies.

More so, Japanese distilleries have stills of different shapes and sizes that help in the production of single malts with distinct characters. Stills in Scottish distilleries generally have the same shape and the same size.


Unlike Scottish distilleries, Japanese distilleries use a wide variety of yeasts with different characteristics during fermentation. Companies like Suntory have found a way to grow their own strains and even create their own strains. For example, Suntory owns a strain called suntoryeus lactobacillus.


Japanese whiskies are distilled using low-pressure distillation techniques. This technique is induced naturally by high altitude, with a lower boiling point. Japan has three of the highest distilleries in the world; Karuizawa (now closed), Hakushu and Mars Shinshu located between 700 and 800 metres. The higher the altitude, the lower the pressure, and subsequently the lesser the boiling point. Low-pressure distillation helps keep a larger number of aromas and a thinner and lighter texture, which makes Japanese whisky taste different from Scotch.


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#InternationalScotchDay: 5 Things You Should Know About Scotch Whisky

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Scotch is a VIP member of the whisky family. It is considered as the most popular whisky style in the world.

The first International Scotch Day, designed to be a global celebration of Scotch whisky, held 10 February, 2017. February 8, 2018, the event will enter its second year as Scotch whisky aims to gain more global relevance.

The idea was launched by premium spirit giants, Diageo, to mark the birthday of Alexander Walker, the son of the legendary John ‘Johnnie’ Walker and the man who exported his father’s whisky across the world.

However, as you join other lovers of Scotch whisky to celebrate all things scotch, here are five things you should always keep in mind about the drink.

It is different from other whiskies

All Scotch is whisky, but not all whisky is Scotch – that is a standard fact. Scotch Whisky only refers to whisky that is made in Scotland. It is a legal term the Scots came up with to protect their style of whisky.

Water and Scotch

When water is added to Scotch, it brings out the more floral notes and some of the more citrus notes. That is what is meant by opening up the whisky – it dilutes the alcohol, pushing down the heavier alcohols and allowing the lighter alcohols to come to the surface.

And when you add ice?

Ice also has a chemical reaction when added to a glass of whisky. It cools down some of the fatty oils in the whisky, letting fly a nose that tends to be much sweeter, lingering on the lighter of vanilla. Just like water (which ice is made from), it works on the darker, fattier, heavier notes, allowing the light ones to rise.

Here is how to drink it

Being a whisky of value, Scotch should be taken with finesse. Don’t just gulp the drink, or pour it down your throat without respect to the drink. Sip it, slightly chew the whisky around your mouth – do not swirl like a mouthwash. Keep it in your mouth for a couple seconds, then swallow. Take a deep breath in and out of your mouth, that way, you to get the best out of the whisky as the sweetness and floral notes linger at the front of your mouth. At the back of the palate, the oakier tannins are expressed.

The right glass

Every drink should be drunk out of the right glass. For Scotch whisky, go for glasses that come up to collect the flavor at the top. The tulip-shaped glass Glencairn glass is best designed for Scotch whisky. It aerates the alcohol vapours up, concentrating them so that you can better savour them.


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What Your Choice of Whiskey Says About You

The fact that you are a whiskey drinker already says a lot about your personality. However, the choice of the whiskey you drink adds a definitive edge to what people think of you.

Since the 1440’s when whiskey first came into prominence, it has defined the tastes of men and even given the world something extra to judge about.

All whiskeys are tasty and offer different characteristics according to how and where it is made. But the adventurous, fun-loving guy will always choose a different whiskey from the traditional, classy gentleman.

Whiskeys, unlike cognacs, can be made from anywhere in the world. However, our list will only focus on the more popular whiskey variations.

Here is what your whiskey really says about your personality

Scotch whisky

Scotch is the most popular whisky type in the world. To be called a Scotch, the whisky must be distilled in Scotland from Scottish ingredients. Also, Scotch has to be aged for at least three years in old Bourbon casks. Whisky experts rank the Single Malt Scotch whisky among the best whiskies in the world.

What scotch says about you

When you order a bottle of Scotch whiskey, other guests at the bar or restaurant immediately see a man who is steeped in traditions and loves to come off as classic. The bartender is probably thinking you are one who does not want to be disturbed in his belief in how a man should act. You are likely someone who loves to do mow the lawn to relax or you are just that introverted fellow who still loves to stick to old popular traditions. If that sounds like you, go ahead and order your bottle of Chivas Regal or Johnnie Walker today.

Irish whiskey

Irish whiskeys do not only come with the ‘e’ in spelling, they also come with a lot less peat than their Scottish cousins. The Irish love their whiskey a lot less smoky and a whole lot smoother in the finish.

What Irish whiskey says about you

Ordering a bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey or Bushmills Whiskey will get the girl across the bar thinking “this must an easy-going, laid back and charismatic fellow.” However, at the same time, it is possible for you to go from 0 – 100 degrees; from a cool demeanour to a hot-tempered bloke. In all, we are comforted by your cool side, and the fact that you love to be original – a little different from the norm.

American bourbon

The Americans came up with the name bourbon, and it has unmistakeably differentiated their whiskey from both Scotch and Irish. To be named a straight bourbon, it must be made from 51% corn mash, and be aged for at least two years in new oak barrels. Bourbons are great cocktails due to their rich, deep notes of caramel, oak, and vanilla.

What bourbon says about you

Ordering a bourbon immediately tells that you are a lively person. You are proud of your achievements and the standards you have set for yourself are impeccable. While you love to be in your own world, you are not shy of socialising and mixing with others even out of your class. You love to show forth your light like Jim Beam, and you have a side of you that goes off the top like Wild Turkey.

Japanese Whisky

Japanese Whisky is significantly the new kid on the block when it comes to countries that make premium whisky brands. Despite being new, Japanese whisky has a luxurious reputation – in some quarters, there are gossips that Japanese whisky has eclipsed Scotch as the world’s number one whisky.

What Japanese whisky says about you

You are elegant, classy and a person of style. You love the luxurious lifestyle and are adventurous enough to go skydiving. Your taste in life is always new just like the rising sun, and you are not just at home in your own world – you run it. If you were a fruit in a tree, you’d be at the very top. Why?  Because you are a rare, enigmatic person, and the bartender will feel lucky to serve you a bottle of Yamazaki or Nikka – it all depends on your order.

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7 Things You Should Know About Scotch Whisky

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Whisky is a distilled spirit drink made from fermented grain mash and aged in wooden casks.

If you are a whisky lover, then you have probably heard of Scotch Whisky, and while you may be wondering what the big deal is, there is really no reason to fret. It is surely different from Irish Whiskey and America’s Bourbon, but nothing too mysterious.

Scotch Whisky is just one of the many flavours of the distilled spirit drink that should drive your curiousity.

Your curiosity for new flavors and experiences is all that is required. So if you have just switched from other distilled spirits to whisky, or tired of too much red wine, welcome to  where the water is warmer.

Here are seven things about Scotch Whisky you should know:

 1. Why it is called Scotch?

Simple! Because it comes from Scotland. It is not a style of whisky as many may think, rather it is a whisky that is made in the nation of Scotland. Also, it has to be aged in oak barrels for at least three years to qualify legally as Scotch Whisky.

 2. It has varieties too

Scotch Whisky comes in four categories which are the single malt, grain, blended, and blended malt. The blended whisky is much more popular by virtue of volume and sales. They are a blend of grain whiskies and malt whisky. Some of the popular blends include Johnnie Walker, Dewars, and Chivas are popular blends. Blended malts are a blend of two or more single malts.

 3. And Single Malt?

No rocket science about this type of scotch whisky. ‘Single’ refers to the fact that it is distilled in a single distillery. ‘Malt’, then is the sole grain used in the production of the the whisky. Thus, a single malt is a whisky produced at one distillery and made with 100% malted barley.

 4. Hey! There is no ‘E’

The old question about the ‘E’. Scotch Whisky has traditionally been spelled without an E because the Scots spell it ‘whisky’ and the Irish spell it ‘whiskey’, with an extra ‘e’. The difference in the spelling is traceable to the translations of the word from the Scottish and Irish Gaelic forms.

 5. What about the age statements?

Most Scotch whiskies bare an age statement boldly printed on the label, especially Single Malts. If you pick up a scotch bottle and the label says 12 years old (or any other age) it means that 100% of the whisky in that bottle has aged in an oak barrel for at least 12 years and not one day less.

 6. Does Scotch age in bottles too?

No. Once the liquid is bottled, aging immediately stops. This is the case for all whiskies, not just scotch.

 7. So how does Scotch age?

Scotch whisky is typically aged in oak barrels. Like all spirits, whisky is clear and colourless when it comes off of the still. It gets its colour from the barrel along with many of its aromas and flavours. Significantly, majority of barrels used for aging Scotch Whisky were originally used to age bourbon in the USA. Scotch Whisky is (almost) always aged in used barrels while bourbon is required to be aged in new oak barrels.

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