Monday, March 2, 2009


...or, "A Tale of Two Countries' Whiskeys."

So, what is the difference between Irish whiskey and Scottish whiskey (or Scotch) besides the fact that they are made in two different countries? With my curiosity peaked, I had to find out.

"Traditional Irish Whiskey is distilled froam a mash of mixed malted and unmalted grains, where as Scotch is is distilled exclusively from malted grain only."

"Also, Irish whiskey also differs in that peat is almost never used in the malting process, so the smoky, earthy overtones common to Scotches are not present."

"Scotch must be matured in Scotland in oak casks for no less than three years and a day."

"Both are distilled primarily from Barley."

"Today, most Irish whiskey is blended from a mixture of pot still whiskey and cheaper grain whiskey. Bushmills, however is an exception in that it produces no Irish-style pot-still whiskey."

Does that last remark mean it is all cheap?

OK, I am satisified to know some differences. Thanks for your support.

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