A customer orders bourbon, you give him scotch, the customer refuses the drink because it’s not what he ordered, RSA Course extras will show you why. But, Why? Isn’t it all whiskey anyway? Yes, but there are some differences between bourbon and scotch. Not just those two, but Tennessee Whiskey and rye, too. Whiskey is a common name for a liquor that is made world wide. Depending on which country it comes from, whiskey has a specific name, like bourbon or scotch. All whiskey is made from grain and has to be distilled to at least 40%. The differences between whiskies are what grain that is used to make it, distillation percentage, how it is stored for aging and how it is filtered, in some cases. Here is a run down of those differences. The RSA Course online will teach you the difference in drink concentration, for your customers safety.
Bourbon – Going Past The RSA Course
Bourbon is American made whiskey. Bourbon got its name from the whiskey town of Bourbon, Kentucky. It has to be at least 51% corn. It is a heavier liquor and has a richer color, because of the barrels that it is aged in. New, charred, Oak barrels are required, but no minimum aging period. Bourbon can be no more than 160 proof or have an 80% alcohol content. Straight bourbon has to be aged at a two year minimum and added color, flavor or other spirits are prohibited, not for the alcohol content (as the RSA course teaches) but for the customers satisfaction.
Whiskey – For Your Information
Tennessee Whiskey is bourbon. The only real difference is that it has to be filtered through charcoal.
Rye originated in Canada, is aged in charred oak barrels. It gets its name from what it is made from. It is made from rye, a member of the wheat family. There are not as many rules about making rye. There is no minimum required amount of grain, it just has to have some rye in it. There is no minimal age either (unlike when age matters in bar admission as the RSA course teaches). There is Straight rye, as well, and it has to be aged two years, like bourbon.
Scotch is a Scottish whiskey. It is made from malted barley. Malt barley means that they have soaked the grains in warm water and allowed roots and a stem to grow before the prep for fermentation. The malt is then dried over peat fires giving it a richer flavor. It is aged in oak barrels, no less than 3 years, distilled with a no less than 94.8% alcohol content. Is a lighter whiskey. Single malt means that the whiskey came from one manufacturer and is not blended with any other spirits, though it may be blended with different years of the same scotch. Blended Scotch has been blended with other Scotches.
Irish whiskey is made in Ireland. It has the same standards as Scotch, but there are no specification on what wood the barrels have to be that the whiskey is aged in. There is also a difference between pot distilled and column distilled, but usually triple distilled, either way. Also, check out this video below on serving different types of scotch and whiskey.
Knowing Your Bars Drinks – RSA Course Can’t Teach Personal Experience!
There are other distinctive whiskies, but these are a few of the better known. Now you know a little about the difference between the different kinds of whiskey. Educate yourself about the kinds of alcohol that your bar serves to know their serving method as well as how much alcohol they have in them, to ensure Responsible Service of Alcohol.