Read on to learn the differences in spelling, production, distillation, and malting, and see what they have in common - apart from being f*****g awesome.
What is the difference between Whisky and Whiskey?
Although the price varies greatly by brand, age, and type, Scotch historically has been more expensive than Irish Whiskey. Wish to expand your liquor cabinet without spending too much money? Browse our selection of the best Scotches under $100 and budget-friendly selection of the best Scotches under $50.
How did two countries so close to one another come to have such different types of Whisky in the first place? Here are crash courses on the history of both Spirits.
How are Scotch Whisky and Irish Whiskey produced?
Single malt Scotch has to be made from malted barley. The Spirit is distilled in a copper pot still and has to be aged for a minimum of three years in an oak cask.
On the other hand, Blended Scotch is made from a mix of single malts and so-called grain Whisky, which is made from grain and is produced in a column still. It also has to be aged in an oak cask.
The oldest type of Irish Whiskey is Single malt, which is made from malted barley in a copper pot still. But there are also a number of other different styles, including Single Pot Still, which is made from both malted and unmalted barley.
Distillation and Malting of Scotch Whisky and Irish Whiskey
What do Scotch Whisky and Irish Whiskey have in common?
If you’re looking to try Whiskies that might have you questioning if they are Scotch Whisky or Irish Whiskey, then you should try Auchentoshan Scotch which is similar to Irish Whiskey, since it is triple distilled.
Some of the Teeling single casks are similar to Scotch due to their depth of flavor, their experimental maturation, and finishing processes. And Dingle Irish Whiskey is proving to be quite a great Whiskey as it has lots of character, not unlike some of the fruitier Scotches.