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Ey, tis it Rye, Whiskey or Scotch me laddie?

By Russ Cobbe

Have you ever wondered what the real difference is between Rye, Whiskey, Bourbon and Scotch? Some people use these interchangeably to mean the same type of alcohol but they are indeed quite unique. Whiskey is a general term describing alcohol distilled from grains such as malted barley. In terms of volume, Whiskey is the most popular alcoholic spirit in the world. So what are the differences between the Whiskey's? Mainly the process and region determine the name and characteristics.

Rye is generally a minimum 51% rye grain and distilled in the US and Canada from a grain mash. Canadian Whiskey is generally referred to as either Rye or Rye Whiskey.
Bourbon is wholly a product of the US by law and is a minimum of a 51% corn mash.
The granddaddy of all Whiskey's is Scotch Whiskey. This is only produced in Scotland from cereals, water and yeast and must be aged at least 3 years. There is a strict law outlining what can be called Scotch Whiskey. Finally we have Irish Whiskey, which is distilled and matured in Ireland usually from 3 distillations. More cereals are used in Irish Whiskey than Scotch Whiskey.

One popular drink that contains a blend of Whiskey's is

Three Wisemen

1.0 oz Jack Daniels Whiskey
1.0 oz Johnnie Walker Scotch
1.0 oz Jim Beam Bourbon

Add to a glass and drink slowly. Optionally pour over ice.

Another popular Whiskey based drink

Whiskey Sour

0.5 cup crushed Ice
0.5 cup Lemon juice
2.0 oz Rye/Whiskey
0.5 teaspoon Sugar

Fill a mixing glass with cracked ice. Add lemon juice, whiskey, and sugar. Shake and strain into a sour glass filled with ice cubes. Garnish with a slice of orange and a cherry

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