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Whisky (or whiskey, depending on where you are) is one of the world’s oldest distilled spirits, and has been produced for centuries all over the world. To put it most simply, whisky is a distilled spirit made with a mash of fermented grains, aged in wooden casks. Deviating from this basic recipe outline is an enormous array of modified and personalized variations. Regional versions such as bourbon, Irish whiskey, Scotch, and Japanese whisky are well known as one of the different ways that whisky has developed a regional character.
One of the first things to understand about whiskey is a mash bill or the ingredients (aka grains) that make up the mash which is later fermented and distilled. Looking to order whiskey online, but not sure what the mash bill means about the drink? Well, what the mashbill is composed of can determine the type of whiskey. For example, a whiskey or bourbon with a high rye content percentage listed in its mashbill is considered a “high rye whiskey”, and the same concept applies to a “wheated” or “corn whiskey”. Each grain works in tandem with aging to impart distinct flavors and characteristics within each batch of bourbon, scotch or whiskey. It's simple to buy whiskey online at Country Wine & Spirits’ after browsing their selection of whiskies to see spirits made with a wide variety of mash bills and age statements, to find a new favorite or an iconic classic.
You may have come across a bottle of the revered liquor spelled as “whisky” only to find another spelled “whiskey”. Don’t worry, this isn’t the Mandela effect, it's simply a regional spelling. “Whisky" hails from distilleries in Scotland, Canada or Japan, and are labeled as Scotch, Canadian or Japanese whisky. “Whiskey” hails from Ireland and the United States. Another important note: for any of these to be considered a “whisk(e)y” they must be bottled at 40% ABV.
This time-honored liquor is also referred to as Bourbon- as long as it meets certain specifications. For a whiskey to be considered a Bourbon it must be aged a minimum of two years in a brand-new oak barrel. Have no fear-these barrels are not discarded rather, they are typically passed on to a variety of distillers to be used to craft rums, tequilas, and other liquors.
Hailing from Scotland as the name suggests, Scotch Whisky is known for its distinct, more intense smoky and peated appeal. This strength in character is a result of a unique malt drying process, passed down through generations, involving smoked peat. It’s distinct peated character differs from its sweeter, less smoky cousin, American whiskey. Irish whiskey, on the other hand, is known for being sweet and toasty with a smooth feel.
Now that we know all bourbon and scotch are whiskey, but not all whiskey is a bourbon or scotch-what’s all the fuss about aging? For starters, the aging process often mellows out the harsher components of a whiskey, important for a smooth sippability. Old, top shelf, and expensive whiskeys aren't your only option if you're looking for a more elegant flavor and finish; there are plenty of options that fit the bill and are a lot easier on the pocketbook. Can’t decide? Country Wine & Spirits’ recommends ones such as Smooth Ambler, Dewars Illegal Smooth, Roe and Co Blended Irish whiskey, and many more if you order whisky online!
The best whiskey is up to you to decide, so what are some of the most popular of each out there today? Besides well known brands such as Jack Daniels, Makers Mark, and Wild Turkey, CWS offers a range of flavored, regional, and overall unique whiskies, bourbons and scotches. Try Angel’s Envy Kentucky Bourbon, Ardbeg 10 Year Islay, Johnny Walker Blue Label, Aberfeldy 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, The Fighting 69 Irish Whiskey, Kyodie Peach whiskey and many more! Order any of these online to have a whiskey delivery sent right to your door! Additionally, always be looking out for our online whiskey sales!
Regional versions like bourbon, Irish whiskey, Scotch, and Japanese whisky are just a few of the different ways that whisky has developed a regional character. Browse Country Wine & Spirits’ selection of whiskies to see spirits made with a wide variety of mash bills and age statements, to find a new favorite or an iconic classic.