There are many foreign resources that contain basic information about whiskey and explain the whiskey culture. But unfortunately, the number of Turkish resources on this subject is quite limited.
The biggest aim of & Whiskey is to deepen the knowledge of people who love and know whiskey, as well as to contribute to this very limited source of whiskey culture by explaining this culture to people who have no knowledge about whiskey but have a little curiosity.
with this purpose “whiskey in short“ I would like to share with you this article, which contains basic information about whiskey under the title.
What Is Whiskey?
Whiskey; It is a kind of alcoholic drink obtained by distilling grains such as barley, wheat, rye or corn after fermentation and maturing for a certain period in various types of barrels (oak, sherry, oloroso sherry, bourbon, etc.).
What does the word "whisky" mean?
“whisky/whiskey” in Welsh “usquebaughIt comes from the word ".
This word is used as “uisge beatha” in Scottish Gaelic and as “uisce beatha” in Irish Gaelic.
It means water of life (uisge) (beatha)…
Who first invented whiskey?
The debate about who invented the whiskey still continues. Both the Scots and the Irish claim that the whiskey was discovered by them, but neither side has conclusive proof.
Although we do not know exactly who invented the whiskey, we know where it was written for the first time in history.
In 1494, the Scottish King IV. James to John Cor, a monk at Lindores Abbey “aqua vitae” He orders about 580 kg of barley (which means water of life in Latin) to be given to him. These barleys are recorded in the Exchequer Rolls, that is, in the royal treasury book, and this record is the first written official document in history that whiskey has been mentioned.
Is it spelled "Whiskey" or "Whiskey"?
We can briefly summarize as follows. Whiskey; In countries such as Scotland, Canada and Japan, it is referred to as "Whiskey" as we are more familiar with it. In Ireland and America, it gets an extra -e and becomes "Whiskey".
The exact cause of the difference is not known, but there are some stories about it. If you're wondering, I wrote “Whiskey or Whiskey?” Check out the article.
The Beginner's Guide to Types of Whiskies
Whiskeys vary according to the grains used in the making and the production processes.
Although there are many types of whiskey, we can basically talk about 7 different whiskey categories.
- Single Malt
- Blended Malt
- Tennessee Whiskey
- Rye (Rye)
I explained each whiskey type in detail. “What are the Types of Whiskey?” You can read in the article.
How to Drink Whisky?
Whiskey can be drunk with or without ice, with cola, soda, water, cold or at room temperature, in short, however you want…
There are many whiskey lovers who enjoy their whiskey in different ways. Therefore, I do not find it right to call these personal preferences “wrong”.
However, when you choose your whiskey in these ways, it is useful to know what effects it has on whiskey. For detailed information on this “Is Ice in Whiskey?” You can read the article.
Where does whiskey get its color?
Whiskey gets its color from the cask in which it matures. The high alcohol liquid (we can't say whiskey yet) coming out of the stills has a clear color like water. When the whiskey goes into the barrel, it starts to take on its color.
The tone of the color changes according to the type of barrel used in maturation and the time the whiskey spends in this barrel. For this reason, it is possible to see very different colors even in the expressions of the same brand.
Some whiskeys get their color naturally from the barrel, while others use colorants.
Some brands use a small amount of water during the bottling process to ensure color standardization in their whiskeys. caramel they use. Since the amount of use is very small, it is not felt in the taste of this whiskey.
It is obligatory to indicate this on the label for whiskeys that use caramel. The use of caramel in whiskeys in Turkey is stated in the "Ingredient" section on the label.Colorant (E150a)You can see it as “.
Does the color of whiskey tell about its taste?
It does not give clear information about the color, smell and taste of whiskey. Although the colors and taste profiles of some whiskeys are very compatible, the color can be very deceiving in some whiskeys.
For example, there are many whiskeys that are light in color but have an intensely hard character, or dark in color and have a very soft drink.
Considering that caramel is used for coloring in some whiskeys, the thesis that color can be misleading becomes stronger.