Whiskey there are three main types of malt, grain and blended. Malt is produced from pure barley malt without impurities. Grain is made of different types of cereals, it almost entirely goes to the production of blended whiskey, but partially sold. Blended is a blend of whisky from different types of grain. There's also a Bourbon - corn American whiskey, created by special technology.

The best of the best

Since 2007 there is the prize of ‘World Whiskies Award’. It's a kind of "Oscar" for whiskey producers in the world. The prize is awarded in several nominations: "the Best single malt, Best malt whiskey, Best blended whiskey". Also award prizes to the countries best producers of the drink – "Best Irish single malt whiskey", "Best Japanese whisky", etc.
In Scotland the word "whiskey" is spelled 'whisky', in all other countries - 'whiskey'.

Each year the labels-the winners are changing, so to keep track of new developments in the production of whisky is not easy. Here are the results for 2014:

1. Odnodozovy the best whiskey in the world - Sullivans Cove French Oak Cask
2. The best whiskey mixed varieties - Taketsuru 17 Years Old
3. The best blended whisky The Lost Distilleries Blend
4. Best flavored whiskey Sons of Liberty Pumpkin Spice
5. The world's best whisky liqueur - Master of Malt Speyside Whisky Liqueur 40 Years Old
6. The best single whiskey - Teeling Single Grain
7. Best American whiskey Balcones Brimstone Resurrection
8. The best rye whiskey Thomas H Handy Sazerac

How to choose a great whiskey shop

But, of course, not everyone has the opportunity to attend a prestigious award and there to try all these varieties. Anyway, in Russia most of them to buy is quite difficult. However, there are several techniques that will allow you of the available range to choose the best whiskey for yourself or as a gift.
The word comes from the Celtic 'uisce beatha' - "living water".

First, pay attention to the country of origin. The best whiskey is made in the USA, Ireland, Scotland and Japan. Likely to products from these countries does not arise. However, if the label is in Russian written "Scotch whisky" or, say, "Whisky Scotch" type, then this is the product manufactured in Russia and little resemblance to real whiskey.

Look at how glued label. It should be located exactly and glued without bubbles. Pay attention to composition. In the composition of this whiskey should be only water and grain or corn, no ethyl alcohol, no flavorings and perfumes.

The color of good whiskey can be from light to dark Golden. In the bottle there should be no precipitate.

When you turn a bottle of whisky needs to fall down a large drop and not flow down the walls.

Finally, with shaking whiskey should appear large air bubbles, which did not disappear.