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Featured – Jim Beam Black Bourbon Whiskey 6-8 YO

American Whiskey – Bourbon – Kentucky – 6-8 YO
Jim-Beam-Black-8-YOBold, rye on the nose with brown sugar and rich honey. Caramel and butterscotch follow. Big, rich and full bodied in the mouth with toffee, gentle vanilla and some molasses giving sensation of slow, deliberate flow across the palate. Sweet oak does a good supporting job. Lovely, warming swallow. A delicious experience.

Other Outstanding American Whiskey

  • Western Gold Kentucky Bourbon Whisky 6 YO
  • Hudson Baby Bourbon Whiskey
  • Jim Beam Signature Craft Bourbon Whiskey 12 YO
  • Jim Beam Devil’s Cut Bourbon Whiskey 6 YO
  • Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve 9 YO
  • Blanton’s Original Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
  • Hogs Bourbon 3 YO
  • 1792 Ridgemont Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky
  • Blanton’s Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Eagle Rare Single Barrel Bourbon 10 YO Whiskey

Source: IWSC

Featured – Laphroaig Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky 18 YO

Scotch Whisky – Single Malt – Islay – 18 YO
Laphroaig-18-YearIncredible nose with amazing rich floral notes followed by smoke, rich barley, liquorice, treacle and then a wave of sea spray. Full powered entry into the mouth with immediate distribution of flavours to every taste bud. Big rich sensation as multi layers of flavour descend and smother the palate. Wonderful and sensational. A comment: “a
conquest of fresh cut flowers ready to drink with delight!”

Other Outstanding Scotch Whisky

  • Laphroaig Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky 18 YO
  • Single Cask Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 15 YO
  • The glenlivet 21 Year Old Archive
  • Johnnie Walker Black Label deluxe Blend Scotch Whisky 12 YO
  • Oban Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 14 YO
  • Talisker Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10 YO
  • Master of Malt 30 Year Old Speyside
  • James King Scotch Whisky 15 YO
  • Glenmorangie 18 YO Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Source: IWSC

American and Scotch Whiskey Defined

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American Whiskey

American whiskey is distilled from a fermented mash of cereal grain. It must have the taste, aroma, and other characteristics commonly attributed to whiskey. These types of American whiskey must be distilled to no more than 80% alcohol by volume, and barrelled at no more than 125 proof. Only water may be added to the final product; the addition of colouring or flavouring is prohibited. These whiskeys must be aged in new charred-oak containers, except for corn whiskey which does not have to be aged.

Some types of whiskey listed in the United State are:

  • Bourbon whiskey—made from mash that consists of at least 51% corn (maize)
  • Corn whiskey—made from mash that consists of at least 80% corn
  • Malt whiskey—made from mash that consists of at least 51% malted barley
  • Rye whiskey—made from mash that consists of at least 51% rye
  • Rye malt whiskey—made from mash that consists of at least 51% malted rye
  • Wheat whiskey—made from mash that consists of at least 51% wheat

Scotch Whiskey

Scotch whiskies are generally distilled twice, although some are distilled a third time and others even up to twenty times. Scotch Whisky Regulations require anything bearing the label “Scotch” to be distilled in Scotland and matured for a minimum of three years in oak casks, among other, more specific criteria. An age statement on the bottle, in the form of a number, must reflect the age of the youngest Scotch whisky used to produce that product. A whisky with an age statement is known as guaranteed age whisky. Scotch whisky without an age statement may, by law, be as young as three years old. The basic types of Scotch are malt and grain, which are combined to create blends. The distinctive smoky flavour that can often be found in Scotch is due to the use of peat smoke to treat their malt. Scotch malt whiskies are divided into five main regions: Highland, Lowland, Islay, Speyside and Campbeltown.

The History of Whiskey

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