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How Much Do You Actually Know About Whiskey?

Ice or nah?

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  1. If you're drinking whisky (as opposed to whiskey) where was your drink made?
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    Ireland
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    Scotland
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    England
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    US
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Whisky is made primarily in Scotland. If you're drinking whiskey, it probably comes from Ireland or the US.

  2. What even is the difference between bourbon and other whiskeys?
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    Bourbon is made from at least 51% corn
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    Bourbon is made only in Scotland
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    Bourbon uses hops for antibacterial reasons
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    There's a difference?
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    Wrong!

    Bourbon is whiskey that's been brewed in the US, made from 51% corn, and aged in new charred oak barrels for at least two years.

  3. What is the defining trait of an American rye?
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    It loves America
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    It must be above 80% ABV
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    It must be aged for at least one year
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    It must contain at least a 51% rye mash
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    Wrong!

    By law, American ryes must contain a 51% rye mash, while Canadian ryes can be made with less.

  4. Cool, so what's a "blended Scotch whisky?"
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    A whisky with several malts
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    A whisky made in many distilleries
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    A whisky made from a single malt that has been ground in a blender
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    A whisky that contains malt and grain whisky
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    Wrong!

    Grain whisky is added as a filler, since it's cheaper to produce.

  5. When you drink a "single malt Scotch whisky," what does malt refer to?
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    The product of a specific drying method
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    A drink containing milk
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    Grain that's been sweetened with additives
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    A plant root extract
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    Wrong!

    Malt refers to the product left over after a cereal grain has undergone a drying method that allows it to sprout, releasing more sugars. A "single malt whisky" has been made in a single distillery in Scotland.

  6. What are the two types of distillation methods used to make whiskey?
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    Pot and kettle
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    Pot and column
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    Air and grain
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    Mash and mush
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    Wrong!

    Column distillation is also called continuous distillation because column stills can operate 24/7.

  7. What type of whiskey is a mint julep usually made with?
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    Rye
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    Canadian whisky
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    Bourbon
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    Scotch
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Check out this classic mint julep recipe if you want to make your own.

  8. What contributes to the smoky flavor of Scotch?
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    Peat
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    Mulch
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    Hops
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    Charcoal
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Peat is made up of dead organic matter, moss, and decaying vegetation.

  9. If your bartender offers you white whiskey, what are you getting?
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    Whiskey produced in Japan
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    Vodka
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    Scammed
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    Unaged whiskey
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    Wrong!

    Typically, whiskey gets its color from the barrels it's aged in.

  10. What whiskey is typically used in a manhattan?
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    Bourbon
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    Rye
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    Scotch
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    Irish whiskey
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    Wrong!

    While bourbon can be used, rye whiskey is typically considered ideal for a manhattan.

  11. What's the best way to store your unopened whiskey long-term?
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    In your stomach
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    In a bright area over 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
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    In a cool, dry space, away from sunlight
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    In a non–air-conditioned space, away from sunlight
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    Temperature fluctuations and sunlight can diminish the taste of your whiskey, so it's best to store your bottle in a cool space away from sunlight.

CORRECTION

Bourbon is made from at least 51% corn and American rye must contain a 51% rye mash. An earlier version of this quiz misstated that they are made with exactly 51%, respectively. Whoops! We were obviously sipping on one too many manhattans when we wrote this.

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