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5 Surprising Facts About Whisky

Whisky is a complex drink that has been around for centuries. It has a long and storied history,  filled with many interesting facts and anecdotes. In this post, we will discuss five surprising facts about whisky and provide information about how you can book your own whisky tasting experience!

Fact #1: Whisky is made from grain

Did you know that whisky is made from grain? In fact, it is made from a variety of different cereal grains, including barley, corn, rye, and wheat. Each style of whisky has its own unique flavour profile, which is determined in part by the type of grain used to make it. 

Barley is the most common type of grain used to make whisky. It is responsible for giving the whisky its characteristic flavour and aroma. 

Corn is the next most common type of grain used in whisky production. It is typically used to add sweetness and body. 

Rye and wheat are less common grains used in whisky production. They are often used to add spice or fruitiness to the flavour profile of a particular whisky. 

Fact #2: Whisky is aged in oak barrels

Whisky is typically aged in oak barrels. Through a natural maturation process, the barrel imparts flavour and complexity while mellowing the harsher elements of the spirit. The longer that whisky is aged, the more its flavour will be influenced by the barrel. 

Oak barrels are the most common type of barrel used to mature and age whisky. They are made from a variety of different types of oak, including American white oak, French Limousin oak, and  European sherry casks. Each type of oak imparts its own unique flavour to the whisky. 

Fact #3: Whisky was once used as currency

Whisky was once used as currency in Scotland and Ireland. This was because whisky was one of the few popular products that those countries had in abundance. In fact, there are records of whisky being used as currency as far back as the 16th century! 

Whisky was also used as currency in the American colonial era when there was a shortage of coinage. Whisky was also used to barter for goods and services. 

Fact #4: Whisky is a healthy drink

Whisky has many health benefits. In moderation, it has been shown to reduce stress, improve heart health, and even help to prevent diseases.  

Whisky is also a good source of antioxidants. These are important for preventing cell damage and reducing the risk of diseases such as cancer. 

Fact #5: Whisky is the global drink of choice

Whisky is the most popular type of alcohol spirit in the world. It helps that it is produced in many different countries around the world and has a wide range of flavours and styles. It is also nearly 100% sugar-free when sipped neat, making it the more popular choice for those conscious of their health and sugar intake.  

Whisky is also popular because it can be enjoyed in many different ways. It can be drunk neat, on the rocks, or mixed with other drinks. 

Want to try it out?

If you're interested in learning more about whisky, be sure to book an online or in-person whisky tasting experience with The Whisky Rebellion. You'll be able to sample a variety of different whiskies and learn about their history and production. Whether you like your whisky sweet or smoky, there is a whisky out there for you! Contact us today to get started!

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