Whisky guide

World of whiskies

Whisky is such a beloved drink, distilleries can be found all over the world. But there are some regions where whisky is a way of life. Introducing the five giants of the whisky-making world

Irish whiskey

Triple distillation, a pot still and an additional "e" is what differentiates Irish whiskey from Scotch whisky. A different malting process also contributes to its famously smooth character.

Japanese whisky

Though its history of whisky production is a little younger, Japanese whisky has been compared to traditional Scotch with modern flavour twists.

Canadian whisky

Canadian whisky saw the addition of rye to their mashes, which contributed to its smooth taste and light colour. Like Scotland, it must be aged for three years to be called Canadian whisky and in small wooden barrels.

American whiskey

Also spelled with an "e", American whiskey is characterised by a mix of grains including rye, corn, barley and wheat as the main ingredients that are cooked at higher temperatures than Scotch. America is also the home of Bourbon.

Scotch whisky

Home to over 100 distilleries, Scotland is the grandfather of whisky. To earn the highly coveted "Scotch" label, Scottish whisky must be matured in the country for at least three years and in oak casks.