How is Scotch Whisky different from others?
First of all, Whisky is any booze distilled from fermented grain mash. It must be distilled at a minimum of 40% and a maximum of 94.8% alcohol by volume (ABV). The difference relies mostly on the type of grain used for the mash.
Scotch: It is made in Scotland and it is made from malted barley (barley, water, yeast). Scotch outsells every other noble spirit in world markets. Blended Scotch accounts for almost 95% of all Scotch whiskies. Malt whisky not only is among the best in world, it also involves the most time-consuming and physically demanding process.
Irish: It is distilled and matured in Ireland. The best kind of Irish whisky is made the same way Scotch is; from malted barley. There are also cheaper alternatives, made with other grains like wheat, corn an d unmalted barley.
Bourbon: It is made in USA and it is made from corn. It has to be made from a grain mixture that’s at least 51% corn. Must be distilled to no more 80% alcohol and be no more than 62.5% when put into casks for aging in new charred oak barrels. Bourbon has no minimum aging period. However if you want to call your product straight bourbon it must be aged at least 2 years, without any colouring/flavour or other spirits added.
Tenessee: Well, that’s just straight Bourbon but produced in the state of Tenessee.
Rye: This type of whisky is basically divided in American Rye Whiskey where a 51% must by made of rye and in Canadian whisky. Actually, Canadian whisky is often referred to as rye whisky for historical reasons, although it may not actually include any rye in its production process.