Whiskey is an alcoholic beverage prepared by distillation of grain mash that majorly includes barley, corn, rye and wheat. Whiskey is generally aged and flavoured in wooden casks that are made up of charred white oak. It is available in different classes and varieties and the characteristics that unite these classes are the fermentation of the grains, the method of distillation and the type of aging that is carried out in the wooden barrels. In order to make our readers aware about these different classes and the variances in them, this article deals majorly on blog om whisky.
Bourbon Whiskey is an American variety of whiskey which is aged and distilled in a large wooden barrel and uses primarily the fermentation of corn as its raw material. It is believed to have been brought to America by the Irish and Scottish migrants and today Bourbon is produced on a large scale in the state of Kentucky. An ideal bourbon contains a minimum of 51 percent of corn, distilled up to 80 percent and contains no use of caramel colouring or nay other artificial colours. Some of the popular brands for the same include: –
Kentucky Gentleman Straight : Containing about 51 percent of bourbon and 49 percent of malted grains, this variety is not actually a whiskey but a mixture of bourbon with unfiltered vodka. It has a flat and empty nose with traces of light spice, syrup, caramel and some wet wood like that of a cedar tree. It also contains a little amount of burnt sugar. But it has failed to garner much of the market attention due to the disputes related to its content which has some hormone disrupting substances that have given quite a poor rating to the same.
Four Roses Single Barrel : This variety is popularly known for its fine and soft nose that contains a mixture of citrus fruits, red fruits, contents of a soft flower and vanilla and despite all of this content it is still known as soft. With a streak of awards that it has been winning from 2102 to 2017 with the latest one being Ultimate Spirits Challenge, it has garnered a popular score of 87 points out of 100. Apart from its soft nose it has a taste of spice mixed with cinnamon, vanilla, pepper, liquorice and brown sugar.
Kentucky Tavern Straight : Just like its other counterpart it also failed to bring an impact in the beverages industry. It is considered to be a weak bourbon with nose having mixture of raisins, caramel, roasted corn, bread and flowers and the taste of that of honey, vanilla, flowers, apricot, roasted corn, sweet wood and brown sugar.
Blended whiskey is the final product derived from blending of different types of whiskeys and also some neutral grain spirits to form a completely new variety with a different taste, colour and flavour. Commonly it is formed by proportional mixing of high quality of single malt whiskey with a few other ingredients including the less expensive spirits. The best thing one can find about this variety is that even though it has content of a premium quality of whiskey, its price is still low and hence can be afforded by the commoners also. Some of the popular brands for this type of Whiskey include: –
Ben Nevis Blue Label : This variety has an average score of 40 out of 100 when compared with other brands of blended whiskey. Its nose contains traces of alcohol, metal, oak, green grapes, pepper and weak vanilla while its mouth tastes young and soft when mixed with a very strong flavour of egg, caramel and a weak form of vanilla. Despite having a good balance of the egg content, its young taste has brought disappointment to its consumers and hence there has not been much of its popularity in the market.
Syndicate 58/6 : This variety earned the name of 58/6 due to a past incident where a board of six members tasted the rare barrels of single malt whiskey that was owned by William Muir Bond. It has earned a good repute in the market due to its use of a solera system that is a well-mixture of the malted grains and has a well-balanced mixture of single and double malted grains. It has a nose of fruit, malt, vanilla, honey, orange peel and soured sugars and a taste of sweetness of malt, dried fruit, caramelized apple, grass and cinnamon.
Jameson Crested : This variety is a triple distilled whiskey with a high content of pot-still and grain whiskeys that are ripened in sherry and bourbon fades. It has a good market reputation and won the award of The Irish Whiskey Masters in the year of 2017. Its nose consists of extremely mild spice with traces of vanilla, honey, spice, vanilla and sherry.
Single Malt Whiskey is a malted whiskey prepared from single distillation of malted barley. According to the regulatory standards it has to be prepared by using pot stills and must be aged at least of three years in oak casks of capacity up to 700 litres. Some of the brands dealing with this variety are as follows: –
Speyburn : One of the popular choices for the brands of single malt whiskey it has been derived from the beautiful distillery of Scotland. With a series of awards under its umbrella and the recent one being a silver medal in International Wine and Spirit Competition, it has an amazing rating of 73 on a scale of 100. Its nose has contents of apple, pears, lemon and apricots laced with honey while its taste is that of a mixed flavour of caramel, vanilla and a little sweetness of pear and apricots.
Benriach : With three medals from reputed competitions this brand holds a score of 69 thus making it another popular choice amongst the whiskey industry. Its nose has a good flavour of honey while it tastes that of a wood spice mixed with pears, apple and vanilla along with almonds.