The different types of whisky

by | Jan 27, 2020 | whiskey


Mizuwari is a mixture of whiskey, its double volume of water and ice (s). The name of this cocktail speaks volumes about its “genre” since it literally means “mixed with water”.

Gin and Tonic : history and recipe

Today there are a large number of relatively simple Gin Tonic derivatives and mixologists like that !

Why our still doesn’t look like a still

In the world of distilling not all stills are made equal. So why didn’t we go for a “traditional” copper one? Find out in this article.


Brewing, if you ask the question: what is whisky? The answer is simple: it’s the distillation of a beer! Simple question, simple answer but by the way, how do you make a beer?

Alcoholic fermentation

Alcoholic fermentation is relatively simple: it is the sugar that is in the brew, which will be transformed into alcohol.

Ice Ball

Ice ball is not just an ice cube! Contrary to what you might think, whisky and ice do not necessarily go well together. At the risk of attracting the wrath of purists, ice can exalt certain aromas of whisky.

Gin Basil Smash

Gin Basil Smash is for lovers of gin and… basil. This very fashionable cocktail was created in 2008 by Jörg Meyer at the Lions Bar in Hamburg.

How do you make whisky ?

It is interesting to note that if the spirit “whisky” is complex, this is in total contradiction with the number of starting ingredients : 3 !

Irish Coffee

A must-have cocktail that never goes out of date! Synonymous with comfort in cold weather, Irish Coffee is best enjoyed during the long winter evenings propped up in the back of a soft armchair in the back room of a pub with vintage decor!

Mixology, what is it?

During your evenings or even during your wanderings in trendy districts where trendy bars and clubs display the word “Mixology”.

The types of whisky : Single Malt, Blend, Scotch … for beginners who want to come in the universe of whisky, it is not uncommon to be a little lost when you start to look at what exists in “Whisky“. A little reminder on the different types of whisky and their names, you will see, it is not complicated! Follow the guide…

Single Malt : this is a type of whisky which is produced and which comes from a single distillery. The specifications oblige the distillery which makes this whisky to use only barley and only barley, this barley is of course malted. Once the mashing is done, and only with barley, then it will have to be distilled in an “ironing” still called Pot Still.

Grain whisky : this is a whisky which is obtained from barley but also from corn and wheat after continuous distillation. It is not common to find grain whisky bottled as such. These are whiskys that are often reserved for the production of “Blend Whisky“.

Single cask” means that there has been no blending and that the whisky comes from a single cask… logical !

Blend Whisky : if you mix Single Malt with grain whisky you get Blend Whisky ! In a Blend Whisky, there is generally 40% Single Malt and 60% Grain Whisky. Blend Whisky represents almost 90% of Scottish production. Blend has the particularity of being lighter than Single Malt and cheaper in general.

Little reminder : it takes 3 years (and 1 day!) Of aging in wood (that is to say in barrels) to call a brew distillateWhisky“. As the name suggests, “Scotch Whisky” is used only for whisky from Scotland. We often and increasingly find spirits with the name “Flower of Malt” or even “Spirit of Malt”. They are quite simply spirits which have not been aged in wood for 3 years and which are nevertheless marketed. They are therefore not entitled to the designation “Whisky“. It is a strong market demand which encourages the distillers not to wait 3 years before selling. It is not uncommon to find very good bottles outside the appellation “Whisky“.

Can we make a Blend of Single Malt ? Well yes, it is quite possible! The bottler will simply have to register Blended Malt Whisky instead of Single Malt.

Single cask” means that there has been no blending and that the whisky comes from a single cask… logical !

Good tasting and above all don’t forget : no snobbery in terms of whisky, it’s all a question of taste and tasting time!

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by | Jan 27, 2020

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