CELEBRATE WORLD WHISKY DAY | 16 MAY 2020
CELEBRATE WORLD WHISKY DAY
16 MAY 2020
You have arrived in the United States Of America. The number of whiskies produced in the United States is as large and diverse as the country itself.
While the Scots and the Irish both lay claim to inventing whiskey, the Americans took the original recipe and gave it their own distinctive twist.
The most popular style of American whiskey (note they spell whiskey with an ‘e’, like Ireland) is bourbon. Bourbon is unique to the United States and protected under American law. To be considered true American bourbon it must be distilled from a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn and must be stored in a new container of charred oak. Although Bourbon can be made anywhere in America, it’s most strongly associated with the south, the most famous of which come from the state of Kentucky.
Then there’s Tennessee whiskey, a truly uniquely American whiskey. It is filtered through – or steeped in – charcoal chips before going into caskets for ageing. This process is known as the ‘Lincoln County Process’ and makes the whiskey smoother, mellower and slightly sweeter. This unique filtering process or ‘extra blessing’ (as distillers refer to it) produces a much cleaner spirit and improves flavour uptake when aged in barrel.
Whiskey starts its life as a beer. Whiskey is made from ‘wort’, which is the ‘beer’ that gets distilled. Wort is made from all the ingredients you would find in beer – water, yeast and malts.
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