8 Facts About Whiskey You Should Know
Whiskey is back to being a real big deal. That’s a good thing, and even better for you we have some basic facts about whiskey (or is it whisky?) to help you sound smarter during your next drunken bar rant. Also we have more than 8 facts about whisky (or is it whiskey?) but for some reason 8 seems to be a magical number to get people to click, as I regress… After reading this check out our story What is Rum?
Both Whiskey & Whisky are correct
Scotch producers use Whisky and Canadian producers followed suit feeling their whisky was as great quality as Scotland’s. Japan also uses Whisky. American & Irish producers use Whiskey. Here is a tip to remember this? America & Ireland have an ‘e’ in them and use ‘whiskey’ with the ‘e’.
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Whiskey Means “Water of Life”
Whiskey is derived from the Gaelic word “Uisge Beatha,” which means “water of life.” That phonetically became “usky,” and which evolved into “whiskey.” Feel free to use that in your next toast.
Whiskey is distilled from wort. The wort is made up of all the ingredients you find in a tasty beer: water, yeast, malts, and even hops as a preservative. Hence, why whiskey and beer pair so well together. Generally whiskey is an umbrella term for a type of spirit distilled from a mash of fermented grains.
Whiskey is Clear to Start
After the wort is distilled, the unaged whiskey is clear. The color comes when the whiskey is aged in the charred barrels. As the seasons change and the wood expands and contracts the liquid is pulled and pushed out of the charred barrel walls imparting flavor and color. This is one of the facts about whiskey that throw most people off.
Water is to Whiskey as Air is to Wine
You know how wine drinkers talk about “opening up a wine”? Well water opens up whiskey. Next time you are sipping on whiskey neat (neat is no ice). Add just a few drops of water and you will notice a change in the flavor. So that guy asking for a splash of water at the bar is not that just being a douche.
George Washington was a whiskey maker
When George Washington passed away in 1799 he was the leading whiskey distiller in the United States. Makes sense that they have him on the dollar bill and quarter.
Bourbon is the Official Spirit of the US
Produced in the United States
Made from a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn
Aged in new, charred oak barrels
Distilled to no more than 160 (U.S.) proof (80% alcohol by volume)
Entered into the barrel for aging at no more than 125 proof (62.5% alcohol by volume)
Bottled (like other whiskeys) at 80 proof or more (40% alcohol by volume)
The top 2 Selling Whiskey Brands in the World are Jack Daniels & Jim Beam, ‘Merica!
While Jim Beam is bourbon, many people make the mistake thinking Jack Daniels is bourbon. Jack Daniels is a Tennessee Whiskey. Tennessee Whiskey standards add the Lincoln County process (which involves maple charcoal filtering) on top of bourbon requirements (above).
Whiskey Taxes are High and have been for a Long Time
The Whiskey Rebellion was a tax protest in the United States for a 1791 excise tax. Those taxes just keep growing and today taxes on your fifth can account for more than 1/3 the retail price.
Whiskey is a Sound Investment
A closed bottle of whiskey can stay good for 100 years. Not sure about what stock to pick? Or scared of another bubble burst? Buy a couple of rare bottles and watch their value increase, just try not to drink them when you are drunk one night.
Angels take their Share of Whiskey
While your whiskey investment in the bottle will not evaporate, while it is in the barrel aging it will evaporate. The 4% of whiskey that evaporates every year is referred to as the ‘Angel Share’.
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