I can’t tell you how many times someone has asked me “What’s the difference between Scotch and Whiskey”?
At first I thought it was just one person who misunderstood the concept, but after running into this situation multiple times over the last few years I’ve learned that the majority of the people in the world really have no idea what makes whiskey whiskey, Scotch Scotch and Bourbon Bourbon.
The primary differences between Bourbon, Rye, and Scotch whisky are the geographical location where they distilled, and the ingredients of the mash. For the most part, a whiskey needs to be made from 51% of the following ingredients:
|Scotch Whisky||Scotland||Malted barley|
So What is Whiskey?
If we’re going to explain the difference between whiskeys, first you should understand what a whiskey actually is. To keep it simple, whiskey is any booze distilled from fermented grain mash. The only exception to this being some whiskey made from corn, which doesn’t always have to be aged.
All whiskey must be distilled at a minimum of 40% and a maximum of 94.8% alcohol by volume (ABV), . The difference between the various whiskeys relies mostly on the type of grain used for the mash.
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