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Whisky gift sets are a hit in India. This is because whisky is India’s favorite drink. Whether it is a birthday or an anniversary, you can never go wrong with gifting a whiskey set to someone. You can buy a bottle of whiskey, or get tasters if you know the other person likes to experiment. But before you embark on this mission, it is vital to know the different types of whiskeys available in the market. The list talks about the origins, contents and aging of the whiskeys. These are just some of the basic types, and if you want, you can research and purchase a blended variety too.
The favorite drink of Indians, Scotch whisky is whisky that is specifically made in Scotland. You will notice that the spelling is slightly different than that of Irish whiskey, but that is because the drinks are made in different countries. Scotland has five different regions that make whisky. This particular drink is made with malted barley, water that is fresh from the river flowing through the region, yeast and some other whole grains. It must be aged for at least three years in oak casks to be labeled Scottish whisky.
Irish whiskey is made in the neighboring country of Ireland. Both countries are fiercely protective of their drinks and claim that they were the first to make whiskey/whisky. In the Gaelic language, whiskey translates into “water of life”, so you know they mean serious business. The rules of a spirit being labeled Irish whiskey are just two: It should be made in Ireland and it should be aged for three years.
The American version of whiskey is called bourbon. This particular drink is usually made in Kentucky but can be made in other places as well. Bourbon is known to be sweeter when compared to other whiskeys. For a drink to be labeled bourbon made in America, it has to use at least 51% corn mash in its making. Not just that, the bourbon must also be aged specifically in charred oak barrels for at least two years. Blended Bourbon is another great gifting option for those who want something more flavorful because this drink contains added flavors too.
Japanese whisky occupies a relatively lower rank in the Indian whiskey market. The topmost choices usually are scotch or Irish whiskey. Japanese Whisky was manufactured for the first time in 1920 by a man who was trained in Scotland in the art of making whisky. You can safely assume that Japanese whisky is the Scottish version, but made in Japan. You can try blended Japanese whisky or single malt, depending on your taste.
When giving a gift, it is always more impactful if you gift the other person something that they like or enjoy. For those who enjoy whiskey, there is nothing better than one of the many whisky gift setsavailable in the market. Although we have mentioned only four in the list, there are many more types of whiskeys based on the aging process and years of aging that can be found in a liquor shop. The older the whiskey, the more expensive it is. So for really special people, you can splurge and get whiskey aged between 18 to 25 years. If you would like to go the extra mile, you can also get personalized whiskey glasses for the person to enjoy their favorite drink in.