Spirits On Ice Discusses Differences Among Whiskey, Scotch, and Bourbon

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Spirits On Ice produces the Spirit Ice Vice, an ice ball machine that allows restaurants, bars, and home bartenders to make the perfect liquor on ice. Whiskey, scotch, and bourbon are three common drinks that connoisseurs love to serve with the chill of ice. Today, Spirits On Ice discusses the differences among these three drinks so you can impress your friends with your knowledge.


Whiskey dates back to the Middle Ages when monks in Ireland made a distilled beverage from grains. Truly authentic or traditional whiskey comes from Irish distillers. The oldest of these, Bushmills, dates back to 1608. This distillery specializes in 80-proof whiskey made from barley. Irish whiskey is typically made from barley with lesser amounts of other grains and flavors. Spirits On Ice recommends watching for limited editions and special flavorings from this distillery.

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The U.S. government defines whiskey as a distilled spirit between 80 and 160 proof made in oak casks. Whiskey comes from at least 51 percent corn, rye, wheat, malted barley, or malted rye grain. Anything called whiskey in America must minimally meet these standards. Spirits On Ice works perfectly with all types of whiskey.


Scotch, as you might have guessed, comes from Scotland. It’s essentially Scottish whisky. Scotch is mostly made from malted barley, and it’s aged in oak barrels for at least three years. The main difference between scotch and whiskey is the smoky flavor. The federal government also says that scotch comes from aged oak barrels, while whiskey sits in new oak barrels. Spirits On Ice recommends an ice ball to release the full flavors and aromas of your favorite scotch.


Bourbon is the American version of whiskey, usually made from at least 51 percent corn. The rest of bourbon comes from a mixture of barley, rye, and wheat. Truly authentic bourbon came from the similarly named county in Kentucky. In its heyday before Prohibition, there were 26 distilleries in Bourbon County alone. In 2019, there is only one — Hartfield & Company, which opened in 2015. You can still enjoy bourbon from many fine producers in the United States who took up the mantle of bourbon after Prohibition, and Spirits On Ice recommends an ice ball 2-½ inches in diameter to fully enjoy bourbon.

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Whiskey Came First

In summary, both bourbon and scotch are a form of whiskey. Whiskey came first, then scotch, followed by bourbon. All three drinks have distinct and subtle flavors. Producers have their own tricks of the trade to make all kinds of beautiful concoctions that work well with an ice ball machine from Spirits On Ice.

Spirit Ice Vice for Whiskey, Scotch, and Bourbon

Spirit Ice Vice makes perfect ice balls that melt more slowly versus traditional ice cubes. This leads to better flavors and a less watered-down spirit. Call us today at (513) 932-1250 or contact us online for more information about our product for bars, restaurants, or home-based bartenders.

Owners of Spirits On Ice

Meet the Owners of Spirits On Ice

Kent & Kim Coomer are the husband and wife team behind Spirits On Ice. The Coomers purchased D&E Machine Company in 1990 before turning it into Spirits On Ice, the manufacturer of the Spirit Ice Vice ice ball press. Kent’s background is in custom-machining items out of metal, while Kim has decades of management and relationship-building experience. Together, Kent and Kim engineer a high-quality machine that quickly and efficiently creates customizable ice balls for drinks. The ice ball delivers more than a clear way to chill a beverage. It provides an experience for your guests, whether at home, in a restaurant or bar, or at the 19th hole of the golf course.

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