#TBRKnowledgeRoom: Whiskeys Of The World
When it comes to drinking whiskey, we are usually partial to a certain type of whiskey. Let’s learn about the different nationalities of whiskies then if you don’t have a favourite, you can adopt a country and their whiskey.
American Whiskey tends to be sweeter than other whiskies. American whiskey must be distilled in America and aged in barrels in order to be labeled as whisky. American Whiskey is usually Bourbon (distilled from at least 51% corn), Rye (distilled from at least 51% rye) or Tennessee (bourbon that is distilled in Tennessee and filtered through charcoal).
Scotch Whisky tends to have smoky and earthy flavours. It is distilled in Scotland from mostly barley and aged at least 3 years. Blended Scotch is a blend of one or more Scotch whiskies while a Single Malt Scotch is distilled at a single distillery from malted barley.
Irish Whiskey tends to be light-bodied, distilled in Ireland and must be aged at least 3 years.Ireland is considered the birthplace of whiskey, as far back as 6th century AD.
Canadian Whiskey is light-bodied and fruity. They are typically blends.There is much less rye used in Canadian whisky than in American rye whiskies where the largest ingredient must be rye.
Japanese Whisky was first modeled after the Scotch whiskies although they have now evolved to take on their own character. They are bold and complex, but are also very well balanced. The Japanese style of whisky making can be referred to as a learning in constant improvement. They are always tweaking and trying to perfect the process and are now producing some of the best whiskies in the world.
So, which country’s whiskey is calling out to you?