From Scotch to Japanese whisky and beyond
Single Malt Whisky is produced exclusively from malted barley, originating from a single distillery, which has undergone a long ageing and maturing process. Blended Malt Whisky uses single malts from different distilleries.
Scotch Whisky (or “Scotch” as it’s known in North America) is made as above but must be produced and bottled entirely in Scotland.
Bourbon Whiskey must be made from mash of at least 51% corn, in new, charred oak barrels. The corn gives it a sweeter character than other types of whiskies – sometimes identified as vanilla or caramel – with a full body.
Tennessee Whiskey is normally made as above but must be produced and bottled entirely in…you guessed it…Tennessee!
Rye Whiskey must be made from mash of at least 51% rye – but only in the US. In Canada, there is no percentage regulation. The dominance of rye gives this spirit a spicy, peppery bite.
Irish Whiskey must be produced and bottled in Ireland, with a minimum of 3 years aged in wood barrels. It can be made with either malt or corn, straight or blended.
Canadian Whiskey must be produced and bottled in Canada, made predominantly of corn or wheat but supplemented with rye or barley malt, with a minimum of 3 years aged in oak barrels. Known for their blends, these whiskies are typically smooth and versatile.
Japan is a relatively new player on the whisky scene but certainly one to watch, now producing some incredible single and blended malt whiskies.
From now until 16 September 2022, buy a bottle of any whisky – whether Scotch or Japanese – at AE Club and get two bottles of Acqua Panna still mineral water (50cl) absolutely free!