Types of whiskey you should know
1. Japanese whiskey
Japanese whiskey which is gaining a lot of popularity in the Indian markets and acceptance by Indian customers. It’s relatively new, dating back to the late 1800s. Japanese whiskey is extremely inspired by scotch and has similar notes to the world famous whiskey type.
2. Canadian whiskey
Canadian whiskey is mainly lighter and smoother than other type of whiskey in this list. It is a blend of multiple grains but dominated mainly by corn spirits. Interestingly, rye whiskey and Canadian whiskey pretty much refer to the same product and are terms that are used interchangeably in Canada. In fact, these terms refer to the same product and are backed by a Canadian law, To sum it up, Canadian whiskey is light, smooth and slightly sweet, also popular as vanilla ice cream of the whiskey world.
American-born whiskey, Bourbon is ultra popular in the US. If you were to define it as music, bourbon is jazz – it is comfortable, soothing and hits the right notes. But, just like jazz, you also must be a lover of finer things to like bourbons. Bourbon is made from at least 51% corn and aged new oak vessels that have been charred. The result is bottled at a minimum of 40% ABV. Bourbon is generally a fuller, sometimes sweeter style of whiskey.
4. Irish Whiskey
Irish whiskey originates from Ireland. But, there’s also more flexibility with the grains used for Irish whiskies. While this could be an unpopular opinion, Irish whiskey is usually smoother than scotch whiskey. Irish is also the eldest, dating back to the 1100s.
Rye comes closest to bourbon, if you wish to draw similarities between different types of whiskey. You could almost call it bourbon’s close cousin. Rye whiskey is usually aged for a minimum of 2 years and not blended with any other whiskies while bottling. Giving the old ones a break, this one is aged in new, charred barrels and is almost the same as bourbon with around 40% ABV. However, the main distinction between bourbon and rye is the taste. While bourbon is mostly sweet, rye is spicy or peppery on the palate.
6. Scotch whiskey
Scotch whiskey is not just a type, it actually hails from Scotland – while this is known to most whiskey lovers, it could be news for the new whiskey drinkers. In its initial years, it was made entirely from malted barley but now it is made from rye and wheat as well. Since there is predominant usage of heated malted barley, a scotch whiskey will have woody flavour 9/10 times.