10 Facts about Whisky – or is it Whiskey?


There are more than 5000 types of Single Malt Whisky.

Did you know why whisky can be written with an e and without? In schotland they write Whisky without the e and in Ireland they write Whiskey with an e. In the US, in Canada and in Japan they write whiskey both ways, with or without an e.

Whisky is only allowed to be called Whisky when it matured for a minimum of 3 years in oak casks.


Single Malt Whisky comes from a single distillery and a single grain but possible kept maturing in multiple casks.

Blended Whisky is called Blended Whisky because of the mixture of Grain Whisky with multiple Single Malt Whisky’s.

Did you know that 90 percent of the Single Malt Whisky’s comes from Scotland?

Did you know why experts always advice to drink Single Malt Whisky pure or with a tiny bit of water on room temperature? This is because of the maturing process that has taken place in oak casks for 10 – 15 years. If you drink it with ice or mix it with another drink this whole process was useless.

A Whisky isn’t maturing anymore once he’s bottled. The age of the Whisky mentioned on the bottle is the correct age. If it says 10 years it means that the youngest Whisky matured for a minimum period of 10 years on oak casks.

A closed bottle of Whisky can be kept for more than 100 years and it’s still good to drink. Once it is opened and it’s half full you can save it for about 5 years. If it’s containing less, than drink it and don’t save it.

The world’s most expensive whisky is Macallan 1926. There are still 40 bottles left that are 60 years old. The price per bottle is $62.000.


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