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Jul 19, 2017

How Much Do You Actually Know About Whiskey?

Ice or nah?

  1. If you're drinking whisky (as opposed to whiskey) where was your drink made?

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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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.