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We know that whiskey can be confusing to those who don’t know much about it. There are many types of whiskey, including Tennessee whiskey, Irish whiskey, Japanese whiskey and more. Molly’s Spirits wants to help you find the best whiskey for any occasion at our liquor stores in Lakeside and Greenwood Village, CO and at our sister store in Longmont, CO.
To explore something properly, knowing the details can help set you off on the right foot, so we’ve compiled this info about whiskey to help you begin your whiskey exploration. A brief history of the spirit, some of the most popular types and brands of whiskey, how to pick the right whiskey and some popular whiskey cocktails to try await. Don’t hesitate to ask one of our friendly associates to help you find the perfect bottle of whiskey for you.
Over the years, many people have fought to keep whiskey flowing. The art of distillation was arguably founded around 2000 BC in ancient Mesopotamia. By 100 AD, the first written record of distilling occurred. Knowledge of how to distill spread to Europe between 500 and 1000 AD. When Scotland and Ireland learned how to distill, they created the first distillations of modern whiskey in about 1000 to 1200 AD because they did not have the vineyards or grapes and turned to fermenting grain mash. The first written account of “whisky” took place in 1405 in Ireland. Distilling whiskey was brought to America around 1600, and it was later used as a currency during the American Revolutionary War. The Whiskey Tax was created in 1791, and the Whiskey Rebellion took place after that. Bourbon whiskey appeared in 1840 and blended whiskey in 1850.
Whiskey can be a bit confusing to beginners because there are so many different types. First, you need to know the differences between single malt, grain and blended whiskies. Single malt whiskey is exclusively made with water, yeast and malted barley. Grain whiskey is liquor that has a main ingredient of corn, wheat or both. Blended whiskey is a combination of grain and single malt whiskies. Learn more about some popular types of whiskey:
Now that you know more about whiskey and its various types, it’s time to narrow down on some of the best whiskey brands so you can find the perfect drink. The best whiskey for you depends on your tastes and price range. Check out this brief guide to some of the most popular whiskey brands:
Whether you’re new to whiskey or you’ve tried a few, you want to make sure you come home with a bottle you’ll like. Think about the whiskeys you may have tried in the past and which characteristics you liked or didn’t prefer. You may want to start with choosing a whiskey based on the country it was made in.
Once you find one you like, such as American whiskey or Irish whiskey, you can explore the varieties within that category. If you like spicy whiskey, try American. You can’t go wrong with a classic like Jack Daniel’s. Bourbons are likely sweeter and made more recently than other types of American whiskey. If you want a whiskey that will go down smooth, it might be best to try bourbon. Speyside whiskeys also go down smooth and come from the northeast of Scotland. Irish whiskey isn’t too sweet or bitter and is a good party whiskey. You should try some Canadian whiskey which sometimes offers a more fruity or spicy option and goes well mixed in cocktails. Japanese whiskey is smooth and fruity, and Indian whiskey is a bit sweeter.
There are many popular cocktails made with whiskey. Whiskey drinks might be more common than most people would think. The most common whiskey cocktail seems to be the old fashioned, with the whiskey sour and the Manhattan following just behind. Other cocktails made with whiskey include Irish coffee, the mint julep, the godfather and the rusty nail. Be sure to check out these whiskey cocktail recipes to make your own at home.
Molly’s Spirits carries the best brands and types of whiskey at our liquor stores in Lakeside and Greenwood Village and at our sister store in Longmont. We would be happy to help you choose the perfect whiskey, so contact us today to learn more.