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How to choose a whisky? Three important factors

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Here’s a summary of the steps to consider when choosing a whisky. You need to take into account certain factors, beginner or not, we show you how to choose it.

 

Different types of whisky according to the region

Not all whiskies are the same. They come from different regions of the world.

  • Scotch whisky: made from malted barley and barley. Most have a peaty aroma and a smoky taste. Some representatives are Macallan or Chivas Regal.
  • Irish Whiskey: Irish whiskey uses rye, barley and malted barley. It has a medium, well-balanced taste and a persistent multi-faceted aroma. Representative: Bushmills, Jameson, Finnegan.
  • American Whiskey: made from rye, corn and wheat. The composition of a drink is approximately 51% corn alcohol. A sweet taste characterizes it. Examples, Jim Beam, Jack Daniel’s.
  • Canadian Whiskey: all Canadian whiskey selects rye for production, and the bottles clearly express the rye whisky mention.
  • Japanese Whisky: resembles Scotch whisky in flavor, color and texture, but is an excellent choice as a gourmet solution. A prominent representative is Nikka.

Whisky varieties

-Grain: in this type of whisky, cereals predominate as a base.

-Malt: malt whiskies use pure barley. Important fact, malt whiskies divide into different groups:

  • Single Malt: the classic and most common choice made from malted barley. It is often a mixture of alcohols from different aging periods, blended in different barrels.
  • Single Cask Malt: based on alcohol made in a single oak barrel. Persistent aroma and flavor.
    Pure Malt: the purest blend of single malt whisky, combined in a unique blend. An example is Ballantine’s whisky.

-Blended: blended whisky is a mixture of grain and malt, one of the most popular, but not the least of which is its quality.

Bourbon: a type of American whiskey made with corn grains, but with differences in production technology.

 

Whisky ages and barrels

The age of a whisky depends on the maturation of the youngest alcohol in the blend. For example, any whisky that says “18 years” on its label means that the youngest alcohol in the blend spent at least 18 years in the barrel. The period after bottling does not count.

-Whisky ages in oak barrels for 3 years.

-The bourbon, on the other hand, has a minimum aging period of 2 years.

-Most producers prefer drinks of 5 to 12 years to be perfect according to their characteristics of flavor and aroma.

-Must be careful with the younger varieties as the short period of aging can negatively affect the quality of the product.

-The bottles of whisky over 20 years old have a unique character and are considered a collector’s item.

 

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