irish whiskey vs scotch whiskey
Irish Whiskey Vs. Scotch Whisky
We'll look into the differences that lie between Irish whiskey and Scotch whisky, making them two unique liquors in their own right.
|Irish Whiskey||Scotch Whisky|
|Irish whiskey is put through a maturation process that requires a minimum of three years, giving it its unparalleled taste and aroma.||Scotch unlike Irish whiskey, is put through a process that undergoes a minimum maturation period of 3 years as well and is in most cases distilled thrice, although longer in some distilleries. The flavor and aroma here are quite strong and full bodied.|
|Irish whiskey is kept in vats and put through a vatting process which gives it about three years time to mature or more as mentioned earlier. It is made from malted barley, using dried kilns that are kept sealed.||Scotch whisky on the other hand uses wholly malted barley which is first sprouted and then subsequently dried before it is used in most cases in a double distillation process (after the dried malt is ground into what is known as 'grist', it is then mixed with hot water and placed within a 'mash tun'. It is further mixed until a sugary blend is produced known as 'wort'. This wort is then put into vessels called 'washbacks' where yeast is added to it for the fermentation process to commence. A liquid called 'wash' is obtained where it contains a certain percentage of alcohol, which is then transferred to 'stills' and passed through a condenser). The maltose is the product you achieve once the starch in the barley is left to convert to this, by being left to dry after it is soaked in water. Peat smoke is introduced midway into the process to give Scotch whisky its distinctive aroma.|
|Irish whiskey is kept at a low temperature and away from smoke/fire to help it embody its honey flavor, and toast laced undertones.||Scotch whisky is aged in oak barrels / casks that uses peat smoke dried barley as part of the distillation, making it a much stronger alternative to Irish whiskey, where the aging process as you now know, is again a minimum of 3 years. Scotch whisky is matured in wooden casks where it is transferred between barrels to help it age differently, known as a 'wood finish' technique. Irish and Scotch whisky both use pot stills, although the latter sometimes matures in oak casks, while the former uses beer / sherry / bourbon casks in varied cases.|