Is it Whiskey or Whisky?
Over time, the two countries have put their own touches on the spirit, even down to the spelling of the word whiskey or whisky. You won’t find a bottle of Teeling with whisky on it nor will you find a bottle of Ardbeg with whiskey on it! If you do, hang on to it as it may be worth some money!
- It may sound obvious but Irish whiskey must be distilled and matured on the island of Ireland and Scotch must be distilled and matured in Scotland.
- Irish whiskey is distilled three times giving it it’s distinct smooth flavour and lighter colour whereas Scotch is distilled just twice giving it a slightly rougher darker profile.
- Irish whiskey needs to be matured in casks for a minimum of three years whereas Scotch only needs a minimum of two.
- Irish whiskey is made with a blend of malted and unmalted barley in a pot still, whereas Scotch uses 100% malted barley (grain that has been soaked so that it begins to sprout). Also, the malted barley in Scotch is dried over peat smoke, Irish whiskey, which is made from kiln-dried barley, tastes more of the grain itself.
- Irish whiskies are predominantly blended with spirits coming from one or more distilleries or grains whereas Scotch single malts are quite popular. In saying this, you can find blended Scotch whisky and Irish single malts.
Hopefully this gives you an idea of what the difference between Irish Whiskey and Scotch Whisky is, check out our full range of Irish Whisk'e'y below!