Jameson Irish Whiskey – Being distilled in Ireland is all it takes to be considered an “Irish” whiskey. However, an Irish whiskey is clearly differentiated from other whiskeys by both its light golden color and sweet, crisp taste.
Glenlivet 12 Year Single Malt Scotch – Scotch, like Irish whiskey, is so named because it is distilled in Scotland. Scotch is typically aged in oak barrels for at least 10 years, which contributes to its robust palette – the longer the aging process, the more developed the flavors. A single malt means one distiller, one aging process from start to finish. Single malting typically leads to fewer, more clearly defined flavors.
Johnny Walker Black Label Blended Scotch – Blending a Scotch, or using multiple mashes, smooths out the resultant flavors. This blending process also leads to more complex bouquets and pallets.
Jack Daniels Sour Mash Whiskey – NOT a bourbon, despite popular belief, Jack Daniels is a great example of the sour mash style of distilling whiskey. In sour mash distilling, 10% of the mash from a distilled batch is saved and combined with 90% new mash in order to create a new batch of sour mash whiskey. Tastes like pure gasoline.
Maker’s Mark Bourbon – Any whiskey with a mash of at least 51% corn is technically a bourbon. Due to the vast corn yields in the United States, this whiskeying method became the most prevalent and cost effective. Bourbon is the taste of the old west and as American as it gets when it comes to whiskey. Drinking Maker’s Mark is like kissing the frontier on the fist.