Is Bourbon Whiskey Like Scotch Whisky?
A common question many new whisk(e)y drinkers have is whether they are drinking bourbon or Scotch and is there a difference between the two. Let’s give you a brief overview so you can become the expert amongst your friends, family, and co-workers.
Scotch whisky is only produced in distilleries in Scotland. It also is spelled without an ‘e’ amongst spirit purists. This same spelling carries over to whiskies from Canada and Japan. A Scotch whisky is made from malted barley, must be aged for at least three years in a barrel, and more often than not contains nothing but barley, water, and yeast.
Whiskey is the spelling used for bourbons and ryes as well as Tennessee and Irish whiskeys. A bourbon whiskey has to be made from a majority corn mixture. The percentages may vary, but corn is always the majority. Bourbon is only produced in the United States. Bourbons have no minimum aging period, but straight bourbon must be aged at least two years with no added flavors or colors.
Custom Engraved Liquor and Wine Bottles at Wine Delight
Wine Delight is your one-stop-shop for the best wines and spirits online. With a great select of aged Scotch, rare bourbon, wines, and other alcohols, you’re sure to find what you need for any occasion. Our bottle engraving service helps make your product second to none. Engrave your bottle as a corporate gift or give it to a loved one during the holidays or as a wedding gift. Cheers!