Can't quite tell the difference between a Speyside Scotch malt and an Islay? Want to sound sophisticated comparing the flavor profiles of a proper Kentucky bourbon versus a Tennessee whiskey?
Enter Sean Seidell, a Philadelphia-based graphic designer who has a knack for visualizing the the many flavors of our favorite foodstuffs. He's previously taught us all we need to know about cheese, beer and coffee. Now he's taken on the taste of whiskeys, from Irish single malt to blended Scotch to American corn.
So it appears that the difference in flavor you get in a rye whiskey, which can come from either the U.S. or Canada, and a Scotch, which are made from malt or grain (or a blend) and has to be aged for at least three years, is that ryes tend to be a little spicy, while Scotches have a bit more of a honey flavor. Irish whiskies are generally sweet and oaky, and a good Canadian single malt should have a vanilla taste.
Plus, now we know which whiskeys to stay away from to avoid that peaty taste (Highland and Islay Scotch, though the latter is the only option with hints of bacon fat). Most varieties share an oaky flavor, since many are aged in oak casks, and many have a buttery taste. But have you been detecting the slight eau de biscuit in Canadian rye?
You dont need aliens to teach you how to make alcohol.... Leave some grains out for long enough and it rains the right way and boom you have fermented liquid that will get you drunk.
After 15 shots or so they all taste the same ;0)
WTF, i like infographics as much as anyone, but these idiots are f'ing ignorant...
y'all no nothing about whisky / whiskey...
Who wants honey or vanilla flavour in their whiskey? bacon fat or buttery? sounds yech. I want a clean smokey peaty flavour. Should I crave honey and vanilla I buy an ice cream and for bacon an buttery I'll get a breakfast. Where do these tasters get their vocabulary from. Whenever I read a write up from wine tasters I want to turn tea total. Descriptions like "with a hint of cinnamon and chocolate and a faint touch of nutmeg" make me want to puke, why don't they just write "tastes like shit with sugar on" and I know I should avoid it.
where in these flavor characteristic is the flavor of whiskey I personally make using my copper whiskey still? it's not Irish, Scottish or Canadian. Im American though, neither from Tennessee, Bourbon County or Kentucky, but I love my self-made whiskey.
For the people who are disparaging the flavors in the infographic: Have you ever really sat down and paid attention to the flavors of the food you eat or the beverages you drink?
I am no expert, but with a TINY bit of thinking, you can discover many tastes if you try. Flavors change and explode or fade as you first sip the whiskey, then swish it, then swallow it, and then feel it in your throat. Different parts of your mouth are designed to taste different things--salt, sweet, tart, what have you.
Yes, there are hints of vanilla. Or grass. or bacon fat. You just have to THINK.