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A little about whiskey...

 

SINGLE MALT: 

- A whiskey that has been made from barley (almost always), water and yeast.

- Only one grain is used, therefore word single can be used to describe the malt whiskey. The barley (or other grain) is malted, which is a process of starting the barley seed to sprout by soaking it in water, and then interrupting the process via heat. 

- Single malt whisky is the product of one distillery.

 

SINGLE BARREL:

- A premium class of whiskey in which each bottle comes from an individual aging barrel, instead of being created by blending together the contents of various barrels to provide uniformity of color and taste.

- Each barrel is thought to contribute unique characteristics to the finished whiskey.
 

Why is whiskey sometimes spelled without the "E"... whisky?

-American and Irish liquor producers tend to favor the spelling WHISKEY, while Canadian, Scottish, and Japanese producers tend to favor WHISKY.

- To remember this, here's the trick:

Countries that have E’s in their names (UnitEd StatEs and IrEland) tend to spell it whiskEy (plural whiskeys).  Countries without E’s in their names (Canada, Scotland, and Japan) spell it whisky (plural whiskies)