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Whiskey or Whisky?


Scotch, Bourbon, whisky or whiskey...

Water of remarkable clarity, a certain fuel -turf with unique aroma's- en a centuries old experience make Scotland the motherland of all whiskeys. And although there are plenty of other countries that have long made barrel ripened spirits from grains, the best whiskies will still be found in the Scottish highlands. Basically there are 2 major whisky families in Scotland. First, there is the single malts, which are made from just barley malt and are distilled in double kettles. Every distillery uses it's own style and some of the distilleries that are adjacent to the see may even add some iodine aroma. The scots prefer to use old wine or sherry barrels for the ripening of their whisky.
The grain whiskies, that are mass distilled, make up the second family. They hardly have any true character and are never consumed neat / straight. There are, however, used in blends, de best know and most sold whiskeys, which are made by mixing grain whisky with single malts.

Whether it's drank as a single malt or grain, from Scotland or the USA, pure or mixed with other ingredients whisky always delivers a unique taste.

Blends need to ripen for at least 3 years and are typically older. Blended whiskey are quite suitable for mixing in drinks. Much better than the malts that are much stronger tasting and refined. There is a choice to make between the light (not in alcohol percentage, but in color color and aroma) and the slightly heavier darker whiskeys.

Although the Irish claim -without any hard evidence- to have invented the whisky, or in their case: the whiskey, their whiskeys are unique because of the specific production methods like the triple distillation. This method is hardly know in Scotland.

The ripening of Irish Whiskey, which takes much longer that the Scotch (5 to 7 years), takes places after the blending. These whiskeys differentiate themselves from their scottish cousins by balance and refinement.


Short drink: digestif.

Add to a shaker that is filled with 50% ice:

8/10 Scotch (Scottish Whisky)
2/10 Lemon Juice
1 splash of Grenadine Syrup
1 splash of Angostura

Shake long and serve in tumbler glasses. Decorate with a slice of lemon.


a refreshing long drink that can be prepared in advance, so that the fruit can soak up some of the taste and alcohol.

Put in a Balloon glass with some ice cubes:

8/10 Scottish Whisky
2/10 Cointreau
1 tsp. Sugar

Stir well and add bits of fresh fruit before serving.


General Grant

short drink: at any time.

Put in a shaker that is filled with 50% ice:

6/10 Bourbon
2/10 Red Port
2/10 Pineapple Juice
1 splash of Lemon Juice

Shake and serve in cocktail glasses.


The difference with the Rob Roy stems from the use of Rye. When you use bourbon, which is made of corn, you will experience a totally different taste.

Put in a mixing glass with some ice cubes:

7/10 Rye or Bourbon
3/10 Red Vermouth
1 splash of Angostura

Shake well and serve in cocktail glasses. Decorate with a preserved cherry.


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