What is Whisky?

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Fermented Grain

All whisky is made of fermented grain. Depending on the region its either barley, corn, rye, wheat or a combination of grains.

Scotch Whisky

Arguably the most popular of all whiskies is scotch. In order for a whisky to be called Scotch it must be made in Scotland and done so using 100% barley.


Bourbon also happen to be a form of whiskey. Inorder for a whisky to qualify as a Bourbon it must be made in the United States and with minimum 51% corn grain and the rest can made up of barley, rye and wheat.

Significance of Barrels

Barrels used make a big difference in the profile of a whisky. Below we look at the most common barrels used and their profiles.

New Charred Oak

All Bourbon by law must use a new oak barrel which is charred. You will often find all bourbons carry a very similar notes with some being more refined then others. Once the barrel has been used it can no longer be used to age bourbon.

Sherry Cask

These are casks that previously held Spanish wine. Often distilleries will go a step further and name their bottle ‘Oloroso’, ‘Pedro Xemenez’ or one of the other Sherry types. In most cases there are regions and the notes on these vary slightly. Overall, with Sherry Casks profiles are a mixture of sweetness and spiciness – both warm and earthy spices.

Ex-Bourbon Casks


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