The majority of whiskies are the product of a single distillery; however, Scotch Whisky is a blend of distilleries and be divided into two categories: Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Single Grain Scotch Whisky.
Canadians still tend to order a “rye” and are typically served a Canadian Whiskey even though most have only a small amount of rye in the ingredient list.
Gin is a distilled neutral spirit that gets its distinct flavor from Juniper berries and an assortment of herbs and spices like anise, lime peel, saffron and many more. The spirit base of Gin is usually a grain like wheat or rye which gives it the light body.
Gin makers have their own secret combination of herbs and spices which can range from four to over fifteen. Gin is gaining popularity with the revival of classic cocktails like the Gin and Tonic and the ever famous “shaken, not stirred” martini.
Tequila production is considered a fine art in Mexico and is increasingly popular worldwide. The base material for Tequila is the Blue Agave. As with all spirits, there are levels of quality and classification which Tequila has four:
SILVER (BLANCO) – Aged for less than 60 days. Used in fruit-based drinks and cocktails.
GOLD – almost always a mix-to that has been colored with caramelized sugar pulp.
REPOSADO (‘RESTED’) – Aged in oak barrels, they gain complexity, color and a smooth texture.
AÑEJO (‘OLD’) – aged in barrels for 18 months to three years for mix-to (if it doesn’t say 100% agave, it’s a mix-to tequila) and up to four years for 100% agave
FLAVORED VODKA – These may be made with flavorings such as cranberry, blueberry and root beer.
The most popular way to enjoy a Rum is the classic “rum and coke”; which many people may not know is technically called a Cuba Libre.