Archive for the ‘Scotch’ Category
We are often asked to explain the differences between bourbon and whisky. To get straight to the point bourbon IS whisky, or whiskey, as the Americans and Irish like to spell it. Whisky is a generic term, it can be produced anywhere provided certain rules are adhered to, which can vary from country to country. Bourbon is a category of whisky made only in the USA. Scotch whisky may only be produced and matured in Scotland. To make it a little easier to understand we’ve produced this infographic – Bourbon vs Scotch single malt – read on…
The Glenglassaugh Distillery was mothballed from 1986 until 2008 and this the first whisky to be made from spirit distilled at the distillery since it reopened. It was matured in a mixture of first and refill bourbon casks before a final 6 months finishing in first fill oloroso sherry butts. → Read more
The much sought-after Cardhu 12 year old Scotch single malt whisky is now available at Wild about Whisky. From the other side of the pond Wild Turkey Straight Bourbon has also arrived, filling in the gap the Wild Turkey 101 left some time back. → Read more
New stats from the Scotch Whisky Association reveal that for the 1st half of 2010 Scotch whisky exports to South Africa were up 44% by value, yet down 17% by volume. This is a clear indication that South Africans are trading up, despite the economic recession. Going on my own impressions from the recent Whiskylive Festivals in Cape Town and Johannesburg there is growing interest in premium and super-premium offerings, but more importantly, consumers are becoming educated and wanting to know more about their favourite tipple. There was a huge interest in Japanese whisky, possibly just curiosity; but sadly very little was available for tasting. The festival itself was very well attended, showing record figures for both venues. The Scotch Whisky Association held a seminar in Cape Town, highlighting the labeling changes being called for over the next few months. In its ongoing efforts to maintain the image of Scotch whisky worldwide, the association is imposing stricter measures on the industry regarding the labeling and packaging of all Scotch whisky. It is believed that consumers are being confused by current labeling, and in some cases even mislead, and to this end producers have until November 2011 to change their packaging/labeling in line with the association’s guidelines. Like it or not, wouldn’t it be great if all whisk(e)y producing countries adopted some similar form of regulation?