Battle of the Whiskeys

16 May 2017

Battle of the Whiskeys

Irish Whiskey is made from barley and is very, very smooth - without the smoky, burnt-rubber taste of peat so it is great for sipping. In the words of one Irishman "Irish whiskey is a kiss on the cheek. American whiskey is a kick in the cheek." 

American Whiskey is made from corn and its main characteristic is its sweetness but it's also a bit smoky due to the charred oak. Known as Tennessee Whiskey (the most famous being Jack Daniel's), it is filtered through charcoal before going into casks which distinguishes it from bourbon. 

Fun fact: A point of much discussion is whether to spell whisky with or without an 'e'. The Scot's spell it whisky, and the Irish spell it whiskey. The 'e' was taken to the US by the Irish Immigrants in the 1700s and has been used ever since. 

Celebrate World Whisky Day - Saturday 20th May, 2017.