We are always surprised that not many people know the difference between bourbon, scotch and whiskey. Well, we’re here to save you feeling less than an expert in front of your friends by answering that question right now!
Though we have to warn you – you’ll come out of this knowing the facts – but you’ll see that the answer is a little bit murky.
All three, as it turns out, are whiskey. But not all whiskey is scotch or bourbon.
The main difference is geography.
Scotch is made in Scotland.
Bourbon is generally made in Kentucky (but there are other locations producing bourbon sprinkled through out the country.)
This clear, dark spirit, when made elsewhere is generally classified as a
The ingredients are also slightly different. Scotch is made mostly with malted barley while bourbon is made with distilled from corn. (Or at least in America – for a whiskey to be labeled a bourbon it must contain at least 51% corn in the mash it is distilled with.)
Whiskey can be made from either ingredient but a Tennessee whiskey, in addition to being distilled, is also filtered through sugar maple charcoal.
Ready to make it a little more complicated?
You can also order Rye. Rye whisky comes in both American and Canadian varieties and usually includes rye in the distilling process. Though, it doesn’t have to.
So, with that education under your belt, the next time you step up to the bar here at Grumpy’s Ale House, we encourage you to ask for our drink list…