At Gleddoch Hotel, Spa and Golf in Glasgow, we know how to look after our customers. This is the reason why our DRAM Whisky and Gin Bar has a selection of over 80 incredible whiskies and 50 delicious gins for you to try. If you aren’t sure what you like, our expertly trained bartenders will help you find the perfect tipple to round off your evening.
There’s no whiskey here, only the finest whiskies, largely sourced from Scottish distilleries, but you may be asking – what’s the difference?
Geographically speaking, whiskey with an ‘e’ is the Irish and American spelling, although they can undergo a slightly different distillation process too. The “whisky” spelling is used by most other countries, but to be a whisky OR a whiskey, the alcoholic beverage must be aged in wooden casks.
In its simplest terms, whisky is a distilled alcoholic beverage that is made from various types of fermented grain mash. It is then aged in casks, often made from oak wood of various origin. The length of time the whisky spends in the ageing process determines the “age” of the whisky when bottled.
The taste of the whisky doesn’t tend to change after a couple of decades of ageing or during the bottling process so while whisky may be considered older, the chances are that it won’t differ to a freshly bottled 20-year aged blend. Sometimes, distilleries may age whiskies in casks previously used for fruitier spirits such as rum and sherry to introduce another subtle flavour into the blend.
Finally, to be classed as a whisky, the bottled beverage must meet an alcoholic strength of 40% abv. Although this is the statutory minimum in many whisky drinking countries, you can commonly find blends with a higher alcoholic strength.
There are many different types of whisky available from countries all across the world and some have particular rules surrounding them. For instance, Canadian whiskies can only be produced and aged in Canada while Scotch whiskies must be distilled in Scotland and spend a minimum of three years in the ageing process.
More general whisky terms include:
These can be combined to form the following blends:
Now that you have learned a bit about the different types of whiskies available, why not sample some of the best Scottish whiskies the country has to offer? You can book a stay at our hotel in Glasgow using our online booking platform or alternatively, if you have any further questions regarding our amenities, please don’t hesitate to give our friendly team a call on 01475 540 711.