Whiskey can be pretty confusing. There are all those terms: bourbon, rye, Scotch, single-malt, blended — it seems to go on and on.
“I’ve found consumers struggle [with] understanding ‘whiskey’ is merely a categorical term that essentially means distilled grain aged in wood with subgenres of bourbon, Irish, Scotch, and Canadian whiskeys, among others,” says Fred Minnick, author of Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American Whiskey.
But as if that’s not enough, there is also a lot of information out there about whiskey that’s inaccurate. Here are eight things you probably think are fact, but are actually not true about this spirit.
Myth #1: Older Tastes Better
Older bourbons often have an over-oaked flavor profile, Minnick says, and many old products sit on shelves because the flavor wasn’t there to begin with. “Blending and mingling older whiskeys takes incredible skill, so when you find a good older whiskey, cherish it, because there usually are not many bottles available,” he says.