Trivia about Black Dog
I always thought Whiskey/Whisky are the same and always thought Whiskey with the letter “e” is the correct one. When I was trying to know more about the Black Dog Scotch Whisky, i found this stuff which I thought can be shared with you folks.
Scotch Whisky is always spelled without an “e”. Were you aware of this? Surely speaking, I wasn’t. The Nations such as United States, Ireland, Australia call their spirits, Whiskey. From the time I got to know, I stopped using “e” in the word Whisky when talking about the Black Dog Scotch Whisky. When it comes to talking about Whisky’s with folks from Scotland, Japan, Canada, use Whisky instead of Whiskey.
Scotch Whisky is more or less similar to the Distilled Beer. Is it made using malted barley. It is different from beer in the terms like no hops are added to it. It is then distilled twice to create the smooth strong spirit which is then aged in the Oak Barrels for the minimum period of 3 years after which it will be called as Whisky.
These Barrels traditionally came from the port producing regions of Portugal and the Sherry producing regions of Spain. But once the barrels became difficult to obtain, the Scotch distilleries turned towards the Kentucky to buy Bourbon Barrels, which could be used only once before being discarded.
There are a lot of classifications of Scotch Whisky. But I am listing the main ones below:
Blended Whisky: This is a mix of grain whisky and malt whisky, and makes up the majority of Scotch that is consumed around the world.
Single Grain Whisky: This is relatively rare and is made from unmalted grains such as corn.
Blended Malt Whisky: This is also sometimes known as “Vatted Malts” or “Pure Malts” It is made from blends of a number of single malt whiskies from across Scotland.
Single Malt Whisky: This is made, as the name suggests, from malted barley grains from a single distillery. They’re often sold with age statements (10/12/18 years, etc.), which means that they are a blend of single malts from the same distillery where the youngest whisky used is the age stated on the bottle, unless it is a single cask bottle where the whisky must all be from the same making.
If you were wondering, the term “whisky” is actually derived from the Gaelic words “uisge beatha”, which in turn came from the Latin “Acqua Vitae” or “water of life.” The name refers to the fact that these spirits were first used by monks for medicinal purposes.
The other important fact is that the oldest reference to the production of whisky is not in fact in Scotland, but in Ireland, where it is believed that Monks began distilling spirits as far back as the fifth century.
Every year, one billion bottles of scotch are exported from Scotland. America imports an impressive 120 million bottles a year, thus becoming the second largest consumer. French is way ahead who consume almost 200 million bottles a year.
The best way to drink whisky is to add very small amount of room-temperature water to the glass which lowers the alcohol content slightly and allows many of the distinct flavors of the spirit to come to the front.