Whisky or Whiskey?

An easy way to remember how some of the world’s biggest producers spell their products:

  • Countries that have E’s in their names (UnitEd StatEs and IrEland) tend to spell it whiskEy (plural whiskeys)
  • Countries without E’s in their names (Canada, Scotland, and Japan) spell it whisky (plural whiskies)

How do you appreciate whisky?

Let Robert Paterson answer that question for you.

Probably the fanciest and funniest sober alcoholic I’ve seen. I’d love to drink some whisky with him.

Why is it called on the rocks? “In the olden days when there was no ice, Scots had to improvise. So what did they do? They went to the river beds, they took the cold rocks that were chilled by the mountain snows. They put that into the whisky and that chilled it. And that when we called it scotch on the rocks”

While you are appreciating or savouring whisky, just remember this : Colour, Nose, Palate, Finish.

Colour and Nose are well covered in the video above, so I will touch on Palate and Finish.

Palate : Different parts of your tongue and mouth respond to different flavours, so pass the whisky over all areas of your mouth for maximum effect. Upon swallowing, there will be an alcoholic burn, which is one of the main things that puts a lot of people off drinking whisky. It is important to let this pass as it is now that any whisky will reveal its true characteristics. Try to identify obvious flavours that are present and repeat, trying to identify something new each time. Remember, there are no right or wrong answers and everyone’s taste buds are different so don’t worry if you get a flavour that someone else doesn’t.

Finish :  This is the aftertaste that comes once you have swallowed the whisky. I personally suck in some air gently and for some whiskies like the Laphroaig gives me a pretty sweet finish even though it had quite a strong burn. Once you get passed the alcoholic burn then numerous flavours will reveal themselves.

Are Expensive Bottles Worth Paying For?

Another interesting video to share.

 

Not all aged whisky is good. If you like the full impact of a smoky whisky, its better to drink it young, about 10 years is probably ideal.

An expensive bottle of aged whisky is not necessarily better, it is just different.