Whisky is a distilled spirit which is made from grains such as barley, wheat, rye, corn and other grains. They are matured in oak barrels for a period of time to impart colour and flavour. The word whisky comes from the Gaelic words ‘uisce beatha’ which translates into water of life. This spirit originated from Irish monks around the thirteenth century and nowadays is made all over the world. Whiskies are mainly consumed neat, on ice or as part of a cocktail.
Scotland is the country which is mostly associated with whisky. To be called a scotch all the process from the malting to the bottling must be done in Scotland and it needs to mature in an Oak barrel cask for a minimum of three years. Barley is mainly used as a grain in Scotland and it is distilled twice. There are over a hundred distilleries in Scotland and many of them bottle their whisky as an expression of that particular distillery. The term used for these whiskies is Single Malt or Single Grain ( a whisky coming form one particular distillery). Almost ninety percent of the whisky production in Scotland are blends, which are whiskies blended from different distilleries thus encapturing different aromas and flavours.
At The Vineyard one will find a big selection of Scotch Whiskies from the four corners of Scotland.
Ireland is the birth place of whiskey and was the number one producer until the prohibition era. In Ireland the whiskey in mainly produced from different types of grains and triple distilled, this makes the Irish whisky smoother and more approachable than the Scotch one. Like in Scotland all the process has to be made in Ireland and it needs to be aged in barrels.
At the vineyard one will find a vast selection of Irish whiskeys; Single Malt, Single pot, Grain and Blended.
American whiskies are divided into different types, the most popular being Bourbon and Tennessee whiskey. Other types such as rye and malt whiskies are gaining popularity. The main differences between them are the grain used, the production process and the ageing of the spirit.
Kentucky is the state which is mostly renowned for Bourbons and it’s been made there from the 18th century.
At The Vineyard one can find a vast selection of American whiskies from the most popular ones to the new ones coming from new distilleries.
Japanese whisky has gained popularity in the past ten years but it’s been on the whisky scene from the late 19th century. It has a strong Scottish influence since the first distillery was managed by Masataka Taketsuru who trained in the art of distilling in Scotland. The abundance of water and climate make Japan an ideal place to produce whisky and nowadays its whiskies are sought after all over the world.
At The Vineyard one will find a fine selection of Japanese whiskies from the blended or grain whisky to the rare single malt ones.
The increase in demand for whiskies has created a big interest in the industry. Many distilleries in the past years have opened in all parts of the world producing mainly whiskies with different styles, aroma and flavours.
At The Vineyard one will find a large selection of new world whiskies coming from India, Wales, Germany, Sweden, France and other countries. The selection will be constantly changing to include new whiskies from time to time.