Delve into the world of whisky
Details are always important to understand in depth the culture of whisky. Learn some new and interesting facts about the whisky world.
01 What is the origin of the name Whisky?
The word â€œwhiskyâ€� is derived from the gaelic term â€œuisge beathaâ€� or â€œusquebaughâ€� which means â€œwater of lifeâ€�. Gaelic is an ancient dialect spoken in the Highlands of Scotland
02 Whisky or Whiskey?
Whisky is most commonly spelled without an â€œeâ€�, as with a Scotch or Canadian whisky whereas the spelling Whiskey refers to both Irish and American varieties. An easy way to remember is if the country isnâ€™t spelled with an â€œeâ€�, then neither is the whisk(e)y.
03 What are the requirements for a whisky to be
called a Scotch?
By law, a Scotch whisky must be made with just three natural ingredients, water, grain and yeast and be distilled and matured in Scotland. It must be aged in oak barrels that do not exceed 700 litres for a minimum of three years and a day. Any age statement on a bottle of Scotch whisky, expressed in numerical form, must reflect the age of the youngest whisky used to produce that product.
04 What type of water should be used for a tasting?
The preferred type of water to use is bottled water but in certain cities, as long as the quality is good, tap water works as well. However elements such a high iron content, chlorine or hardness can affect the taste of the whisky.
05 What is the â€œAngelâ€™s Shareâ€�?
During the maturation of a whisky in the barrel, approximately 2% of the liquid evaporates each year. This evaporation is nicknamed the â€œAngelâ€™s Shareâ€� as the whisky ascends to the heavens above.