Whiskeys are preferred with smoky salmon, cheese and even dark chocolate served over a used whiskey barrel. Who cares about the meals when you have a bottle of your favorite whiskey bottle at the table. Right? The caramel colored hard drink looks the same at every bar shelf. After all the rounds of drinks ordered and gulped down at a recent party, what would you prefer more; Irish or American whiskey?

Irish whiskey has been popular in America since its origin. Irish whiskey is mixed with the American ones for a rich taste, this paves way for a thriving industry for Irish whiskey in the United States.

But with years, can you make out the difference between Irish and American whiskey. If not, then this article is for the whiskey lovers to enhance your art of drinking. Because what you drink matters!

The Hidden Secret Behind the ‘E’ in the Whisk(e)y!

Whiskey produced in Scotland, Japan and Canada mention it without the ‘e’ while America and Ireland love their whiskey with the ‘e’. This is just because the Irish producers want to make it stand out from Scotch whiskey. This is just small information in case you are unaware of the fact, let’s head down to know more!

Irish Whiskey vs American Whiskey

The main difference between the two amber spirits are the primary ingredients. The Irish use barley as their primary ingredient while the American constitute of corn, wheat or rye.
Irish whiskey is known for its smooth but not so sweet flavor obtained due to the prolonged distillation process. It is also made up of a blend of wheat and barley to get a distinct malted and unmalted Irish whiskey. They are of three types :

Single Malt Whiskey: It is prepared using malted barley in a pot which is distilled twice or thrice for a remarkable matured taste.

Single Pot Whiskey-: This one is made by using both malted and unmalted barley that directly comes from a single distillery.

Blended Whiskey-: A combination of single malts with corn and/or wheat barley.

The American Whiskey

Despite, the booming industry of Irish whiskey in the United States, American whiskey is known to have a better taste as compared to the Irish. The American whiskeys witness higher sales and are preferred for better taste and quality. Dividing the alcohol into four types :

Bourbon Whiskey: Made up from grain mixture and should contain at least 51% corn and distilled below 80% alcohol by volume (ABV). Preserve it in a newly charred barrel for about 24 months.

Tennessee Whiskey: Made in Tennessee, this type of whiskey is similar to bourbon as the ingredients are the same. The only difference is that once it is distilled, the spirit is filtered through charcoal, specially made from the sugar maple tree. The smoky malt is prepared in just 10 days.

Rye Whiskey: Made up of mash mixture with 51% rye and distilled at less than 80% ABV and stored for 2 years.

Corn Whiskey: Made with 80% of corn, this one is kept in used bourbon barrels or used whiskey barrels for less than six months.

Wheat Whiskey: This type of whiskey is rarely made as most of the wheat goes into making blends. With 51% wheat in the mash mixture just follow the same procedure as in bourbon or Tennesse or rye.

American Blend: This is a cheap alternative to whiskey wherein good quality whiskey is mixed with cheap spirits and other ingredients for flavoring. Premium varieties of blended whiskeys exist too.

Tastes do matter, but which one?

We have all heard that the more old whiskey, the more flavorful it is! The Irish love their whiskey more flavored and smooth. Thus, they age their whiskeys for about three years to get the perfect taste of all the ingredients.

Also, the presence of barley and malt make it lighter and sweet in flavor. They also prefer using old barrels including used whiskey barrels.

The Americans are less patient when it comes to their whiskeys! They use new charred oak barrels for aging for about 2 years. And that’s how American whiskey looks clear and new. Due to the usage of newly charred barrels, their drink is smokey with a ting of sweetness attached to it. People also witness a distinct aroma and flavor derived from the materials used in the making.

Both the whiskeys offer their own distinctive tastes and flavor that makes it stand as per the people’s choice. Americans like it smoky and have a wide range of whiskey to choose from but Ireland can wait for the perfect sweetness. Out of the two, American whiskeys top the sales chart and are preferred more.

As we all know how impatient Americans are about their whiskeys. We are pretty sure, till now they might have already removed their whiskey bottles and gulped down a glass or two. We would request you to save it for your cocktail party which can be planned after reading these cocktail recipes.

8 Quick Whiskey Cocktails to complete the occasion

Summers are about frequent picnics, trips and most importantly parties. If it’s your turn to treat your friends, then these simple whiskey drinks would just be the perfect choice to woo your crazy pals. Move straight to the recipes.

1. Lemon whiskey
Requirements: Lemon juice, American whiskey, simple syrup, and sugar.
Mix up all the ingredients and give it a quick whisk to make a classic American drink with a sweet and sour taste. Add sugar if required. This quick drink is easy to serve and prepare. Get started!

2. Bourbon mint julep
Requirements: Bourbon, mint, ice, sugar, and syrup.
Blend all of them and serve it mint leaves at the top. This refreshing cocktail is the best way to beat the summer and would be appreciated by bourbon lovers.

3. Tennesse Lemonade
Requirements: Tennesse whiskey, triple sec, lemon soda and sugar.
A quick mix and the drink is ready. If not this then, just mix your favorite Tennessee with coke and there you go. Enjoy the fresh lemon fizz for a cool experience.

4. Blueberry Smash
Requirements: brandy, almond syrup, blueberry preservatives, lemon, mint.
This drink can go well for brandy lovers. Add everything with lots of brandy and there you have an amazing party for sure.

5. Classic whiskey
Requirements: Bourbon, blackberries, peach, water, simple syrup.
For a barbeque party, this classic drink will taste better. Grab all the ingredients into a mixer and your audience will surely love the smoky taste from the bourbon and the smoked sausages.

6. Tall lady
Requirements: Bourbon, cinnamon-cherry syrup, ruby port.
This tall lady will surely blow your minds with its sweet cherry flavor and the strong aroma of the cinnamon. Mix them all and they will surely love you. Serve it over a used whiskey barrel for your beautiful lady!

7. Tropical Cocktail
Requirements: Rye whiskey, pineapple juice, dry vermouth.
This hot weather we all dream of moving to tropical areas facing the beach. Say cheers to summer with this delightful cocktail.

8. Strawberry Kissed Cocktail
Requirements: Bourbon, strawberry puree, maple juice, and lemon juice.
Shake all the ingredients and this would be a great start for a great party mood. Use fresh strawberries right from your garden and garnish it with mint leaves or strawberries.

Create a summer mood with these vibrant, relishing and delightful cocktails, a mocktail would also be a good idea. After drinks, it’s time for some meals too without which the party is not complete. Be patient until you read this.

Whiskey and Food Pairings

For a rich experience, the exquisite whiskey should be perfectly paired with an exotic meal or a plate of munchies. Whiskey tastes great if compared with spicy, smoky and sweet meals. If you have light, medium to full bodied whiskey, we provide you with the best food pairings.

Light Whiskey: Pair it with spicy seafood. The tangy flavor from the fish enriches the sweetness of your whiskey. You may order Indian, Japanese or American meals that will suit your taste.

Medium Whiskey: Pair your scotch or bourbon with a grilled chicken, beef, pork or lamb will enhance the smoky flavor of the whiskey. If you plan for a barbeque party, then order medium whiskey that may tickle the right taste buds.

Full-bodied whiskey: A single malt and a rye whiskey accompanied with a salmon is a big thumbs up. The high alcohol content and the raw taste of the fish can match well and gives a rich feeling.
From all these, cheese and dark chocolates can also be used as munchies if you are all by yourself at home. If you have a date, then choose the right pairing and prepare all small tables using used whiskey barrels and it is pretty sure that your partner will surely droll over your amazing personality.

Can’t wait to have one?

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