Whisky

The origin of Whisky is still unknown… Ireland or Scotland? These two countries persist in saying that they are each the creators of Whisky. At the time of its creation, this spirit was called uisce betha. Its taste was nothing like the taste of today’s Whiskies, because at the time this drink was only used for medicinal purposes. Distilling techniques evolve with time and the taste of Whisky evolves with it. In the 12th century, when the English invaded Ireland, they discovered this spirit, which they appreciated and consumed in large quantities very quickly. The English rename the spirit over the years by: uisce betha, fuisce, uiskie, whiskie and finally Whisky.

Whisky is distilled in four countries around the world: Scotland, Ireland, the United States and Japan. Scotland is currently the country with the most distilleries on its territory. The Scottish lands are divided into five regions: Lowlands, Highlands, Speyside, Campbeltown and Isaly. Each of these regions produces a whisky quite different from the others. The most famous whisky in Scotland is Single Malt. The distilleries in Ireland are not divided by regions, but they produce several types of Whiskies which are very different from each other. There is a lot of ‘Pure Pot Still’ in Ireland, which is very sweet and fruity.

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Whisky in the United States developed later than in Scotland and Ireland. The American stronghold of Whisky is Kentucky and their specialties are Bourbon and Rye. Japan is the latest to enter the whisky market. This one stands out by its style and its particular taste which is very easily recognizable.

We regularly offer bottles of Whiskies during our 'Wines & Spirits' sales. Whiskies from Ireland, Scotland, the United States or Japan, you will find something to satisfy your taste buds according to your preferences. If you would like to include Whisky in one of our sales, do not hesitate to contact Marion QUESNE, head of the Wine & Spirits department of the Aguttes study.
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