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Whiskey In-Depth

An intense and ongoing study of whiskey, the distilled spirit that is a complex category of its own. Find articles about the different whiskies, reviews, cocktails, and news in the whisky industry.

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Whiskey Wisdom
Profile of the different types of whiskey including Irish, Scotch, Bourbon, Tennessee, Rye and Canadian. Learn the basic differences of this complex spirit.

What is Whiskey?
In the world of distilled spirits, there is a lot of confusion about whiskey and the different styles of whiskies. Whiskey is a broad term much like the word beer. While beer may have a number of styles like pilseners, India pale ales and hefeweizens, whiskey encompasses range of styles from Bourbon to rye to Canadian to Irish to Scotch and more.

What is Single Malt Whisky?
People frequently ask, "What is single malt whisky?" in liquor stores, restaurants and bars. The answer to "what is single malt whisky?" is deceptively simple. Single malt whisky is whisky that has been made from barley (almost always), water and yeast. In single malt whisky only one grain is used, therefore word single can be used to describe the malt whisky.

When to Add Water or Ice to Whiskey
I frequently get asked about the appropriate way to serve whiskies. Should they be served neat? On the rocks? Or perhaps with a splash of water in the classic Bourbon and branch water tradition? While the simple answer is to enjoy your whiskies any way you like to drink them, here are some suggestions for ways to get the most enjoyment out of your whiskies.

Common Brands of Whiskey
There are too many whiskies on the market today to count and it can be difficult to navigate the selection available. This list provides a general guide to different whiskey brands in each style with examples of the price ranges you can expect.

Sweet and Sour Mash
Mash is a liquid composed of crushed grain stirred with boiling water to create a liquid that drains from the mash and is fermented. There are two types of mash: sweet and sour.

3 New Books for Whiskey Lovers
Recently, three great new whiskey books have appeared on bookshelves around the country. Written by some of the most knowledgeable people in the whisky world, all are invaluable resources and each is highly recommended. Pick up all three and you'll find yourself with not only great perspectives on the world of whiskey, but also a thorough...

What is Malt?
Used in distilling and brewing, malt is grain that is softened and germinated to aid starches in transforming to sugar.

The $100 Whiskey Bar
Stocking your home bar doesn’t have to be expensive. There are some great whiskies available at very affordable prices and for $100 you can set up a well rounded whiskey selection.

The 5 Best Bitters for Whiskey Cocktails
Bitters are enjoying a renaissance of sorts in the cocktail world right now. For many years, Angostura bitters were the only brand of bitters left on the market, but in recent years, there has been an explosion of brands. Essentially, bitters are an alcohol base flavored with herbs, spices, and perhaps some citrus. Just a few drops in a whiskey cocktail can make the difference between an average…

How to become a Distiller
Luckily, two of America's premier craft distillers, Don Poffenroth and Kent Fleischmann, along with their assistant Patrick Donovan offer a one week intensive course on craft distilling at Dry Fly Distillery in beautiful Spokane Washington. Dry Fly is one of the true craft distillers in America, eschewing the common craft distilling practice of rectifying purchased neutral grain spirits and instead crafting all of their current product line from Washington state wheat grown on one farm.

5 Best Cookbooks for Whiskey Lovers
While whiskey enthusiasts may fight over which bourbon is best or which region of Scotland produces the best single malts, everyone can agree that whiskey is a very food friendly spirit. Here are a variety of cookbooks whose recipes will match well with whiskies and offer up a variety of items from pickles to appetizers to desserts.

Great Holiday Gifts for Whiskey Lovers
Are you looking for that something special for the whiskey aficionado in your life and don't know what to get them? Having trouble deciding between their favorite Irish whiskey, bourbon or single malt scotch? Perhaps this year you should consider something different.

Playboy Club London's American Vintage Whiskies
The newly opened Playboy Club in London has an exclusive cocktail bar, Salvatore's at Playboy, run by world renowned cocktail maestro Salvatore Calabrese. Featuring exquisite cocktails and vintage spirits, the American Vintage Whiskey list at the club is small, but extremely rare.

Whiskey and Food Pairing Websites
Whiskey is an amazingly complex beverage, and as such, it lends itself to pairing with a variety of foods. Here are the top whiskey and food pairing sites on the web.

Bourbon Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce
Spring and summer are prime grilling season here, and a quick and easy barbecue sauce is an essential component of any cooks repertoire. This Bourbon Brown Sugar Barbecue sauce will dress up steaks, burgers and ribs. Give it a try and see what you think. Just remember to use this sauce at the end of grilling as the sugar in the sauce will burn...

Easy Cocktails and Whiskey Pairings for Thanksgiving
No other spirit is quite as versatile, or pairs as well with food at Thanksgiving dinner as whiskey. Here are a few easy recommendations for whiskies to pair with your Thanksgiving repast and two easy cocktails to make for a crowd.

National Whiskey Sour Day
August 25th is National Whiskey Sour day. The whiskey sour has a long history in the world of cocktails, making an appearance in the first published cocktail book, Jerry Thomas' The Bon Vivant's Companion or How to Mix Drinks. The sour evolved from the practice of adding lime juice to rum rations to prevent scurvy among sailors in the British Navy in the 1700s. As fresh fruit was perishable, the juice would be doctored with rum, or gin or later sometimes whiskey in order to preserve the juice as well as to ensure the health of the sailors.

Bartender Holiday Gift Guide
With the holiday shopping season upon us again, finding that perfect gift for the professional bartender or dedicated cocktail enthusiast can be a challenging task. This year, keep things simple and choose one of these great gifts for mixologist in your life. Any of these are sure to both please the recipient and also get good use throughout the...

Valentines Day Whiskey Liquor gift guide
Valentines Day is February 14th, and whiskey is a great way to help celebrate with that special someone in your life. Here is a list of the best and most romantic whiskies sure to please you and the love of your life this Valentines Day.

Whiskey Cocktails for Mothers Day 2011
If you are taking mom out for Mothers Day Brunch this year as many people do, here are some great whiskey cocktails to explore while celebrating the wonderful mothers in our lives. Feel free to order these in any restaurant with a full cocktail bar, they should be easy for the bartender to make and you'll find them all to be unique and delightful.

Whiskey Cola Marinade
While a Jack and Coke is one of America's favorite cocktail choices, the two components of that drink, namely good American whiskey and Coca Cola can combine to make a great marinade for grilled meats. This marinade works exceptionally well with pork chops or baby back ribs. Just finish these off with the barbecue sauce of your choice or let the...

Oregon BBQ Whiskey Burger
I recently competed in the Stanford's Ultimate Burger Showdown and my entry was the Oregon BBQ Whiskey Burger. Featuring a whiskey cola marinade, a bourbon-brown sugar barbecue sauce, Tillamook cheddar cheese, pepper bacon, grilled onions, fresh sliced tomato, lettuce and a hand-formed 1/2 lb burger patty on an onion roll, the result was simply...

Woodinville Whiskey Co. Age Your Own Whiskey Kit Review
One of the most exciting opportunities for whiskey enthusiasts is the chance to see how whiskey matures in the barrel over time. While that isn't something that has been readily available to the public, the Woodinville Whiskey Company has launched an impressive Age Your Own Whiskey kit that allows one to age their own whiskey and observe that...

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