Thursday, November 29, 2007

Update: We Have A Contest Winner!

The first person to tell me the difference between whiskey and bourbon is Jenny Jediny of New York, NY.

She will receive the Grand Prize of one (airline-sized) bottle of bourbon to be sent to her via special courier (I will walk it over to her desk).

Read the comments for the clever response that allowed Jenny to clinch this contest, and for a scintillating debate about various whiskeys!

Contests are fun. I think I'll have more of them. They're like a tea party you can have without actually inviting people into your home. I like being a Contest Hostess. Yes I do.


Jenny J. said...


Well, let's see. With Bourbon, "at least 51 percent of the grain used in making the whiskey must be corn (most distillers use 65 to 75 percent corn). Bourbon must be aged for a minimum of two years in new, white oak barrels that have been charred. Nothing can be added at bottling to enhance flavor, add sweetness or alter color."

Whiskey is charcoal-mellowed -- slowly, drop by drop, filtered through sugar-maple charcoal. Sweet!

How about a contest on "whisky" vs. "whiskey" next?

Spinster Aunt said...


You will now receive one *free* bottle of bourbon, courtesy of me, which you will receive in the mail or by special courier.

As for the whiskey/whisky contest -- what a fabulous idea!

If anyone wants to answer this for the runner-up prize, please feel free!

Greg said...

Your question seems to be structurally flawed, since Bourbon is a type of "whiskey" - so there is no difference. (obviously, there are differences between it and *other* types of whiskey)

You probably think that song line about good old boys, "drinking whiskey *and* rye" makes sense too, which it doesn't. It just doesn't. No.

Spinster Aunt said...

You're right, Greg! Because rye (and bourbon) are both types of whiskey ... right? (Am I right?)

So, what's the difference between whisky and whiskey? Regional spelllings?

Where does Scotch fit in?

Greg said...

Yes, whisky and whiskey are regional spellings, bound by custom only.

Calling something "Scotch whisky," though, is actually controlled by international law (so don't break it or they'll shut down your blog) - it has to be made in Scotland.

BUT! The Scottish have their own internal laws, such that under Scottish law, just because it's made there, you can't automatically go and call it Scotch - it still has to fit with certain regulations (barrel time, etc.).

PS. I'm drunk right now.