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10 Whiskey Terms That Everyone Should Understand

For over two centuries, whiskies have been mainly aged in wooden barrels.  The wood absorbs some of the more unpleasant aspects of the whisky distillate (such as sulfur), and, in return, imbues the liquid with flavors unique to itself. However, during the process of aging whiskey and because of the porous nature of wood barrels, a small percentage (roughly 2%) of every barreled whiskey batch is lost annually. Traditionally, it was believed that this whiskey evaporated up to the heavens,  thus, it was coined the “Angel’s Share.”

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10 Little Known Facts About Crown Royal

But that doesn’t mean Crown Royal whisky = rye. Unlike U.S. distillers who combine the grains before mashing them, Canadian distillers mash the grains individually and then combine them as separate whiskies. This means that Canadian blended whisky may contain zero, some, or a 50%+ rye. 

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