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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 “whisky� is derived from the gaelic term “uisge beatha� or “usquebaugh� which means “water of life�. Gaelic is an ancient dialect spoken in the Highlands of Scotland

02 Whisky or Whiskey?

Whisky is most commonly spelled without an “e�, 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 isn’t spelled with an “e�, 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 “Angel’s Share�?

During the maturation of a whisky in the barrel, approximately 2% of the liquid evaporates each year. This evaporation is nicknamed the “Angel’s Share� as the whisky ascends to the heavens above.