You might be trying to impress that scotch-loving client of yours. Or maybe you have a know-it-all guy in your group that you’d love to shut right up. Either way, here are some pretty awesome facts about whiskey that you can whip out as a conversation starter, or just to sound like you know your stuff!
“WHISKY” OR “WHISKEY”?
Only the Scottish spell their whiskey without the ‘e’, as they believe that more vowels are a waste of good drinking time (so is pondering over this logic).
When in doubt, have a shot.
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WHISKEY COMES FROM BEER
To first make whiskey, you need to make beer. Whiskey is the product of beer that has been distilled 2-3 times over.
True whiskey drinkers take their whiskey without any ice (neat), and with a drop or splash of spring water to enhance the aroma and flavour of the drink.
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Bourbon refers to whiskey that has been distilled once in the county of Bourbon, Kentucky, and is sweeter as it is mostly corn-based. Ironically, the county is not allowed to sell any liquor!
ANGELS DRINK WHISKEY TOO
And boy do they love them. The term “Angel’s share” or “Angel’s tax” refers to the 4% of whiskey that evaporates into thin air every year (unless you bottle your whiskey – angels don’t know how to open bottles).
“Can I have more pleeeaaseeeeee?”
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THE WATER OF LIFE
In Gaelic, which is a group of languages used by the Irish and Scottish, whiskey was called ‘uisce beatha’ which means ‘water of life’. As no one could pronounce the whole word (when drunk, likely), they started calling it ‘fuisce’, thus evolving to ‘whiskey’.
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IRISH OR SCOTTISH?
Some claim that whiskey originated from Scotland, however, evidence shows that Ireland has been distilling it for a longer time, and legend has it that the Irish monks first introduced the alcohol to the Scottish. The debate goes on till today.
For some reason, the monks had an extra-terrestrial look
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WHICH REGIONS PRODUCE WHISKEY?
There are 5-7 regions (depending on who you ask) that are active in whiskey production. The regions are Scotch Whisky, Irish Whiskey, Kentucky (Bourbon), Canadian Whiskey, and Tennesse Whiskey, while the debatable two are New Zealand Whiskey and Japanese Whiskey.
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THIS SCOTCH IS ON FIREEEEE!
The story goes that in Scotland, they used to light their scotch up to determine the alcohol content in it. Too hot a flame meant too high alcohol content, which they’d usually sell off to the distillery workers for cheap (if they didn’t burn them down first).
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HOW SHOULD I ORDER MY WHISKEY?
Whiskey Neat/Straight Up
Served at room temperature with nothing in it.
Whiskey on the Rocks
Served over ice
Served with one part of Coke
Served with lime juice (sometimes with Sprite)
Or, you could just be clear and tell the bar tender what you would really like!