Once upon a time, whiskey was the king of drink. As a proof of their consideration, people started to research the art of producing it, creating new assortments and brands specific to different geographical areas. From independent types of whiskey, such as scotch, to drinks based on it, such as whiskey sour, the list of options is quite impressive. Would you like to know more about whiskey derivates?


Without a doubt, all beverages deriving from whiskey are based on the process of distillation, known by people since 800 before Christ, throughout the entire Asia. While, at first, distillation was used for making perfumes, the Chinese were the ones who tried to obtain alcohol out of rice. Even so, the history tells us that the first mention of whiskey on paper dates back since 1494.


At that time, people knew little about its power and special features, drinking it as soon as they would have produced it. According to some legends, the old Scots have accidentally forgotten a bottle from it on a shelf for a few years. When they found it, they were stunned to discover how refined it became with aging!Today we are talking about Scottish, Irish and American whiskeys as the main types. Each country has its own fermentation methods and ingredients, which takes us to our initial suggestion: the scotch.


You may not know, but this drink is, in fact, the whiskey produced in Scotland, a country with a rich tradition in this direction. When talking about it, we can discuss five individual assortments: single malt, single grain, blended malt, bended grain and blended Scotch Whiskey. As these names suggest, blended versions result from combining different distilleries.


Since age is an essential characteristic of this beverage, we must specify that all spirits must have at least three years old and be preserved in old oak barrels. In case of blends, the age written on the label is the one of the youngest ingredient.


A look into the history of whiskey throughout Scotland will tell you that there are six different regions specialized on different productions: Lowland, Speyside, Highland, Islands, Campbeltown and Islay. If you have the chance, you should definitely taste each of them and have a sense of their flavors and unique features!


The next time when you will find yourself ordering a whiskey sour in a bar, ask the bartender if he knows where does that whiskey come from! Most likely, the recipe will include Bourbon, the American icon, yet you can never know what else you can get in your glass, aside from sugar, lemon juice and egg white.


If you find yourself into this special drink, you can try a variation of whiskey sour known as Ward 8. It can have rye whiskey instead of bourbon, grenadine syrup instead of sugar and orange juice instead of lemon juice. That is definitely a change so, in the note of this final suggestion, we recommend you to never give up on experimenting with this strong spirit!



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