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08/24/2006 04:51:08 PM · #1
I was doing a little digging around the interweb after tasting a lovely 18year old Macallan and stumbled upon this wee guide to the different spellings of whisky

so, if your interested, here it is..whisky, whiskey , scotch..whatever you call it, it's the water of life

The spelling whisky (plural whiskies) is generally used for those distilled in Scotland, Wales, Canada, and Japan, while whiskey (with an e; plural whiskeys) is used for the spirits distilled in Ireland and in the United States as well. A 1968 BATF directive specifies "whisky" as the official U.S. spelling, but allows labeling as "whiskey" in deference to tradition, and most U.S. producers still use the latter spelling. A mnemonic used to remember which spelling is used is that "Ireland" and "United States" have at least one "e" in their names, while "Scotland," "Canada" and "Japan" do not. International law reserves the term "Scotch whisky" to those whiskies produced in Scotland; Scottish law specifies that the whisky must be aged for a minimum of three years, in oak casks. Whiskies produced in other countries in the Scotch style must use another name. Similar conventions exist for "Irish whiskey," "Canadian whisky," and "Bourbon Whiskey." In North America, as well as in Continental Europe the abbreviated term "Scotch" is usually used for "Scotch Whisky." In England, Scotland, and Wales, the term "Whisky" almost always refers to "Scotch Whisky", and the term "Scotch" is rarely used by itself.

Steve
08/24/2006 04:57:38 PM · #2
There's three great whiskies in the world and the all come from the same small island of Islay -- Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg. After those, there's a lot of empty space till the fourth comes in (for me, personally, that would be Balvenie's).
08/24/2006 05:02:24 PM · #3
Never tried Ardbeg...will need to look for that one

Enjoying a 12 year old Scapa at the moment brought back from my visit to Orkney this summer

edit: spelling

Message edited by author 2006-08-24 19:10:45.
08/24/2006 05:02:57 PM · #4
I can drink Windsor, sometimes to excess. That's the only one. I tried many others from cheaper to expensive and I only like Windsor. Sometimes straight up, sometimes on the rocks, but mostly with some 7-up and ice.

Message edited by author 2006-08-24 17:03:05.
08/24/2006 05:19:39 PM · #5
Bushmills Millennium Single Barrel Single Malt - I had two bottles saved, and I opened one last year. Magic.

But for normal day-to-day (!) drinking, any of the other Bushmills varieties are perfect.
08/24/2006 05:31:06 PM · #6
I am relativly new to the world of single malt and am still developing my palate so to speak. T
he latest whisky I tasted and owned was the remarkable Glengoyne 17. It was like drinking heaven, for now it is my top favourite for the expensive once in a while whiskies. Otherwise for day-today use I will gladly take a Double-wood Balvenie 12.

Originally posted by Didymus:

There's three great whiskies in the world and the all come from the same small island of Islay -- Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg. After those, there's a lot of empty space till the fourth comes in (for me, personally, that would be Balvenie's).

Not a real fan of the pitty/smokey ones (as you can probably tell by my favourites.
Btw, how do you people drink you scotch? I take it ar room temp, no rocks, no water, but I heard that one should add a drop of water to a glass. Brings out the taste they say.

Message edited by author 2006-08-24 18:54:32.
08/24/2006 05:47:13 PM · #7
You all haven't lived til you taste the ''real whiskey'' which is ''BOURBON" and only found in Kentucky!
The REAL stuff
08/24/2006 05:51:04 PM · #8
The stuff they serve here in the States is like paintstripper. Ever taken a look to see what it does to the barrels? Imagine that on the inside of the stomach! Malt whisky matured in old port barrels works best for me.

Message edited by author 2006-08-24 18:51:38.
08/24/2006 06:21:35 PM · #9
Originally posted by Didymus:

There's three great whiskies in the world and the all come from the same small island of Islay -- Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg. After those, there's a lot of empty space till the fourth comes in (for me, personally, that would be Balvenie's).


I agree completely. You have good taste in whisky,

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Message edited by author 2006-08-24 18:26:15.
08/24/2006 06:45:57 PM · #10
Originally posted by Bosborne:

You all haven't lived til you taste the ''real whiskey'' which is ''BOURBON" and only found in Kentucky!
The REAL stuff

Sorry man, I had a bottle of Jim Beam that for about 6 years. I tasted it a couple of times at first and from then it just stood there. The only reason it is empty now is that I had a party and someone managed to empty it. I do not envy them...To each his own but I will stick with single malt scotch whisky. :)

another one I like, the title isn't a 100% true though...
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Message edited by author 2006-08-24 18:47:51.
08/24/2006 06:49:03 PM · #11
Originally posted by Refwhett:

Originally posted by Bosborne:

You all haven't lived til you taste the ''real whiskey'' which is ''BOURBON" and only found in Kentucky!
The REAL stuff

Sorry man, I had a bottle of Jim Beam that for about 6 years. I tasted it a couple of times at first and from then it just stood there. The only reason it is empty now is that I had a party and someone managed to empty it. I do not envy them...To each his own but I will stick with single malt scotch whisky. :)

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It is a she and Jim Beam is piss. The stuff Becky posted is very good.

:-)
08/24/2006 07:18:54 PM · #12
I tend to drink the stuff on it's own, room temp, no ice (as RefWhett posted) but according to this
website you should be adding a splash of water.

Steve
08/24/2006 07:20:22 PM · #13
Wild Turkey is my brand.
08/24/2006 07:24:31 PM · #14
In the line of Lagavullin (my favorite), Laphroiag and Ardbeg: Oban is a nice whisky, too... I generally prefer my whisky with one cube of ice or a little water.
08/24/2006 07:37:39 PM · #15
Taking part in Johnnie Walker Blue... mmmmm (a rare occasion)
08/24/2006 08:27:05 PM · #16
Curvoisier XO is my prefered drink
08/24/2006 08:45:53 PM · #17
Got a bottle of JW Blue in Grand Cayman, didnít last long!
08/24/2006 08:47:50 PM · #18
Originally posted by Didymus:

There's three great whiskies in the world and the all come from the same small island of Islay -- Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg. After those, there's a lot of empty space till the fourth comes in (for me, personally, that would be Balvenie's).


I would place Bowmore's (15 year or older) and Caol Illa in 3rd and 4th with Ardbeg 5th, but Laphroaig (when we can find it)is our favorite hand's down. My husband likes Taliskers too, but it is a bit fiery raw for me. Islay rules!!
08/24/2006 08:50:31 PM · #19
My favorite is Midleton Very Rare, it's a fine whiskey.

Message edited by author 2006-08-24 20:51:11.
08/24/2006 08:59:57 PM · #20
Originally posted by Bosborne:

You all haven't lived til you taste the ''real whiskey'' which is ''BOURBON" and only found in Kentucky!
The REAL stuff


Here, here! I second that. In fact, I'll drink to it! (Though scotch will do in a pinch...)
08/24/2006 09:13:24 PM · #21
Jim Beam, oh yeah!
08/24/2006 09:14:35 PM · #22
Being a poor college student, I have an affinity for Jack Daniel's and Maker's Mark
08/24/2006 09:45:34 PM · #23
We even have a festival JUST for bourbon! After all we ARE the Bourbon Capital of the world!

Kentucky Bourbon Festival

I even won the poster contest in 2001 for my "Take Your Best Shot!" poster. Check it out!

Thanks for your post too Grandwazoo! You know your bourbons!!
08/24/2006 09:46:13 PM · #24
Isn't it ironic that Jack Daniels Distillery is in a dry county in Kentucky?
08/24/2006 09:55:32 PM · #25
I drink Jim Beam and my husband drinks Southern Comfort
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