5 Things You Didn’t Know About Whiskey

Do you consider yourself a whiskey professional? Well we are here to test your knowledge as we deliver some rare facts that a lot of people do not know about whiskey. Read below and discover something new about this delicious liquor!

1. Whisky or Whisk(e)y – It’s All the Same

People often get confused over which variation of spelling the word “whiskey” is correct. Good news! Whether you choose to spell the word whiskey with an ‘e’ or without, your spelling would be correct! The variation of spelling is really due to the translation of the word from the Irish and Scottish forms. The Irish add the extra ‘e’ while the Scottish do not. You also would use the extra ‘e’ when referring to American whiskies since the Irish brought their spelling of the word whiskey to America in the 1700s.

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2. Is it Whiskey or Beer?

For those who do not know, whiskey and beer start off as the same thing and look identical! The changes between them eventually occur because whiskey is distilled and beer is fermented.

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3. What’s with the Color?

Whiskey has also been known to cause come confusion in regards to what color it truly is. In the very beginning, whiskey is clear. However after being aged in barrels, it takes on a golden/caramel color from the wood.

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4.Ice Ice Baby?

A common way to serve whiskey is on the rocks. However, many whiskey professionals claim that using ice ruins the flavor of the whiskey. Looking for a professional tip? Instead of using ice in your whiskey, try using spring water which will help enhance the flavor and aroma of whiskey and not dull it. If you still prefer it served on the rocks, consider choosing a blended whiskey which will help mask the harshness of the whiskey.

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5. The Biggest in the Game

Although we cannot tell you which whiskey is the best, since everyone’s taste is different, we can tell you which countries are the most successful at producing it. Ranked #3 in the world is Ireland. Known for distilling their whiskey three times, Ireland is the third highest producer of whiskey with its best known brand being Jameson. Ranked #2 in the world is the United States. Being the country with the title of “producing the most alcohol in the world,” it’s not a surprise we are in the top three. United States is mainly known for their Tennessee and Bourbon whiskies such as Jack Daniels and Jim Beam. Bringing in the highest ranking of #1 would be Scotland. Scotland is the home of whisky and is particularly famous for their scotch whisky.

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