How is Bourbon different from Scotch Whisky?

Learn about who bourbon is different from scotch whisky

Whisky and whiskey refer to the same alcoholic beverage made from distilled grain and aged in wood. In some circles whisky refers to the drink from anywhere in the world. Whiskey (with an “e”) is typically from Ireland or the United States. The name itself is derived from the Gaelic term uisce beatha meaning “water of life”.

There are a variety of ways to make whisky. Essentially you need water, yeast and malted barley. You can add corn, wheat, oats or rye to make the finished whisky. Depending on the country of origin, percentage of grain and whether the whisky comes from a single distillery will change what the finished product is called.

Bourbon or American Whiskey

According to Maker’s Mark Master Distiller, Greg Davis, Bourbon needs to be produced in America and made from 51 percent corn which is not true for whiskey. Bourbon also needs to be stored in new charred-oak barrels, whereas whiskey barrels do need to be oak but not new or charred. Lastly, the final product needs to be be distilled to no more than 160 proof and entered into the barrel at 125 in order to qualify as bourbon. For other whiskies the liquid must be distilled to no more than 190 proof. David notes that this isn’t just common practice — “it’s actual bourbon law.”

Due to various backyard stills in the USA during the mid-1800s, there was a law passed to protect consumer safety. The Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897 was designed with this in mind and had a side-effect of defining a bourbon by law.

The Act requires the spirit to be the product of one distillation season and one distiller at one distillery. It must be bottled and stored in bonded warehouses under the U.S. government supervision for no less than 4 years.

So, by this definition, all Bourbons are American Whiskies, but not all American Whiskies are bourbons.

What is Scotch Whisky?

By definition, Scotch whisky is also protected by law. The 2009 Scotch Whisky Regulation requires it to be produced in a distillery in Scotland from water and malted barley. It can contain no other additives except for colouring. Scotch can be single grain – coming from one distillery and cereal grain; Single Malt – only contains malted barley; Blended – a combination of grain and malt whiskies.

You can peruse our large assortment of American Whiskies and more on Paneco. Order before 4pm daily and get FREE next day delivery.

5 Best Alcoholic Drinks That You Can Pair Well With Mooncakes

Mid-Autumn Festival is just around the corner! What first comes up to your mind when you think of the festival? The common answer is: Mooncakes! The traditional mooncake is made with lotus seed paste and salty egg yolk, which makes it savoury. In recent years, however, new kinds of mooncakes have been introduced, such as the snowskin mooncake, that can come in flavours such as earl grey, chocolate, and even durian! Nevertheless, mooncakes are pretty dry to eat on its own and could make you “jelat” rather quickly, hence, it is often enjoyed with some Chinese tea.

Chinese tea with mooncakes? Those are the OGs of mooncake pairings, of course, but you will be surprised that alcohol could also be a great couple with mooncakes as well. Depending on your preferences for alcohol, I will be sharing with you a list of the 5 best alcoholic drinks that you can pair with mooncakes just as well, if not better!

     1. Glenfiddich 15 Year Solera Reserve

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Glenfiddich 15 Year Solera Reserve 700ml w/Gift BoxMade by one of the world’s oldest family-owned single malt distilleries, the Glenfiddich 15 Year Solera Reserve was made with the inspiration of sherry bodegas of Spain in mind. It has extra layers of smoothness and sweetness to it, brought by the fact that it was aged in a custom-built Solera Vat. With a golden, red hue, it offers an intriguingly sophisticated fragrance of sweet honey and vanilla fudge along with rich dark fruits. On the palate, it is silky to the tongue with layers of sherry oak, marzipan, cinnamon and ginger, making it full-bodied and bursting with flavour. It finishes with an intense and lingering sweetness that would definitely be compatible with the savoury taste of a mooncake.

The Glenfiddich 15 Year Solera Reserve comes in a 700ml packaging.
Not enough? We have them in different volumes, at 750ml and even 1 litre!

     2. Hibiki Japanese Harmony Master’s Select

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Hibiki means “resonance” in Japanese. The Hibiki Harmony speaks to the soul and emotions of a connoisseur as it resonates from nature and all the subtleties found from the 24 seasons of the old Japanese lunar calendar. Pleasing one with the aroma of plum in syrup, roses and sweet woodiness, it also offers a soft taste of orange marmalade with dark chocolate, making it slightly bitter. It then finishes off with a lingering sweetness and acidity with hints of spices and wood. The soft bitterness coupled with a sweet aftertaste of the Hibiki matches the mooncake as it provides an additional layer sophistication to its savouriness.

The Hibiki Japanese Harmony Master’s Select is a perfect
Japanese whisky to impress your loved ones!

      3. Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut

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Perrier Jouet Grand Brut

The Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut would make a great champagne choice as it presents a bubbly and fruity style of the Perrier-Jouët. It is an open-knit crowd-pleaser that presents a beautiful effervescence to the palate. It is also lightly juicy with notes of a fresh mix of cherries, ripe apricot and pickled ginger that finishes off with a hint of spice. The Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut definitely makes a great choice to pair with mooncakes as it is not only classy, it is a drink that brightens the atmosphere that can be enjoyed by anyone. Its sparkly tings on the tongue gives a refreshing experience paired with a comparatively “cloying” mooncake, that may be heavy-tasting over time.

The Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut is suitable for any festive occasion!

      4. Moët & Chandon Imperial

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The Moët & Chandon Imperial is another popular champagne choice that doubles up as a perfect gift for a loved one. It is recognized as the representative champagne of the Moët & Chandon champagne house as has earned itself the title of being one of the worldwide best-sellers. For those who worry about it being too sweet, be rest assured that the Moët & Chandon Imperial is a dry champagne containing small quantity of sugar (less than 1.5%) yet still rich and intricate in its flavours, coupled with a floral and fruity fragrance. The Moët & Chandon Imperial would make a wise choice for a lighter-tasting drink to couple with the heavy taste of mooncake.

The Moët & Chandon Imperial is a gem for those who have the taste of a King.

      5. Campo Viejo Tempranillo

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Campo Viejo Tempranillo

The Campo Viejo Tempranillo spends 4 months in American oak casks before rounding off its ageing in the bottle. It is a vibrant Tempranillo wine that gives off a rich aroma with profound intensity that endows an initial scent of ripe fruits and soft notes of sweet vanilla and spices. It tastes soft and fresh with a lingering finish of fruity notes, along with vanilla and cocoa. It’s sweetness blends well with the savoury taste of mooncakes, forming a good pair.

The Campo Viejo Tempranillo makes a
great pairing with traditional mooncakes!

     

        6. Brancott Estate Pinot Noir

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Brancott Estate Marlborough Pinot Noir bottle imageThe Brancott Estate Pinot Noir is a red wine that was awarded 88 points at the Wine Enthusiast, 2015. It was also awarded Silver at the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition in 2015. To the nose, it offers a sweet fruit approach coupled with tobacco spice complexity and velvety tannins on the palate, showing good length and balance. Its full fruit flavours of plum, cherry, and raspberry are balanced by a savoury core with hints of nutmeg. Its sophistication thus gives it a balance in flavours when harmonised with the savoury taste of mooncake.

The Brancott Estate Pinot Noir would definitely tick a box for its sophistication that blends well with the thick flavour of the mooncake

 

 

Get your favourite alcohol at the best prices, with FREE next-day delivery straight to your doorstep only at Paneco.com! Let your mooncakes be paired with the best quality liquor this season, and let your Mid-Autumn spirits soar!

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Special World Cup bundles valued over $250 will also come with a FREE hand pump. These special bundles include the Premium Party Bundle Charlie featuring Hibiki Harmony Master’s Select, Grey Goose vodka and Bombay Sapphire gin. You could also consider the Russia 2018 Bundle with a case of Corona beer, Russian Standard vodka, Glenfiddich single malt whisky and Tanqueray gin.

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Rare Whiskies You Must Consider Investing in: A How-to Guide

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The whisky connoisseur is a breed apart. You know how to enjoy the peat and the oak of a well-aged dram. It takes a unique kind of character to appreciate a spirit that takes years to mature and admire the patience and love that the folks at a distillery possess to get you the malts and blends you’ve come to cherish over time…..READ MORE
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