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Whether it’s whisky or whiskey – whisk(e)y is one of the most versatile and interesting spirits in the world. Neat, but also in cocktails.
Even today, there has still been no agreement as to whether whisk(e)y is of Scottish or Irish origin. However, there are many indications that the inhabitants of the green island are entitled to claim this privilege. One thing that is certain is that the word „whisky“ is an English corruption of the Gaelic word „uisque beatha“ (water of life).
The Big Four: Scotland, Ireland, the USA and Canada
The word whisk(e)y basically describes a spirit made from grain mash. The most famous whisk(e)y-producing countries are Scotland, Ireland, the USA and Canada. Their respective whisk(e)ys often differ greatly. This is explained firstly by the different raw materials used, secondly by the different production processes and thirdly by the respective climatic conditions.
Scotch Malt Whisky is made exclusively from malted barley. Apart from that, all types of grain can be used to make whisk(e)y. In America this is mainly corn, in Canada rye and corn, in Scotland and Ireland once again primarily barley. The spelling is also different. Scotch and Canadian are spelled only with a „y“ – whisky, whereas Irish and American are spelled „ey“ – whiskey. Exceptions prove this rule. The reasons why have been lost in the mists of time.
A portfolio that spans the globe
A distinction can also be drawn between Single Malt and Blended Whisk(e)y. Single Malt Whisk(e)y is mainly associated with Scotland and refers to a distillate of malted barley that comes from a single distillery. Blended Whisk(e)y refers to a mixture of more than one distillate from different distilleries. By law, a blended whisk(e)y in Scotland can also have added neutral alcohol as well as flavourings and colourings.
Our BORCO portfolio includes many different whisk(e)ys from all over the world. Find out more about the production and the special local characteristics of this intense spirit in our texts that deal with the individual whisk(e)y categories, and in our brand descriptions.
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