What to call my whiskeys

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What to call my whiskeys

Post by jayka » Mon Jul 13, 2020 1:49 pm

So the burning question I have is what can i call my whiskeys?
Currently I'm in Australia and we don't have a real signature whiskey like say American bourbon or Scotch whiskey.

So what am I allowed to call my whiskey when trying to explain / differentiate between what type it is?

I'm currently making single malt 100% malted barley whiskey. (scotch whiskey) but I'm not allowed to call it that because I'm not in Scotland, although I did once buy a bottle of Laphroig so technically I do own a piece of land in Scotland.....
I'm am 1/3 Irish. Can I call it Irish whiskey?

What about when I start to make Corn Whiskys? I'm not allowed to call it bourbon.

I hate the idea of having to end everything with the term "Style whiskey" like this one is a "....... Style whiskey"

What do you guys call your whiskeys? how do you say it's a "..... Whiskey"?
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Re: What to call my whiskeys

Post by acfixer69 » Mon Jul 13, 2020 2:04 pm

It's your spirit, you can call it anything you like. If it mimics bourbon call it bourbon. If scotch is your recipe call it scotch. Rules we live by says nothing against it. I bet the government won't care what you called it.

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Re: What to call my whiskeys

Post by tubbsy » Mon Jul 13, 2020 2:10 pm

Plenty of commercial whisky made in Australia in the Scotch style which is sold as Single Malt Whisky. If it's an inferior bourbon style it'll normally be called a Grain whisky.

But really, call it what you want. If it's a scotch style, call it scotch. If it's a lesser bourbon style, call it bourbon.

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Re: What to call my whiskeys

Post by Saltbush Bill » Mon Jul 13, 2020 2:13 pm

It is what it is....Single Malt Barley Whisky.
Country of origin is unimportant in my opinion......quality is what counts.

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Re: What to call my whiskeys

Post by jayka » Mon Jul 13, 2020 3:00 pm

acfixer69 wrote:
Mon Jul 13, 2020 2:04 pm
It's your spirit, you can call it anything you like. If it mimics bourbon call it bourbon. If scotch is your recipe call it scotch. Rules we live by says nothing against it. I bet the government won't care what you called it.
Funny you should say that. As far as my government is concerned I need to call it "scotch style hand sanitizer" or I could be in trouble.
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Re: What to call my whiskeys

Post by TDick » Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:30 pm

Playing with Beerlabelizer

A few ideas:

Rooskey.png


Aus-key.png




Rachel Hunter - now I need a drink:
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Re: What to call my whiskeys

Post by jayka » Mon Jul 13, 2020 11:35 pm

WTF?!? They are amazing!
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Re: What to call my whiskeys

Post by NZChris » Tue Jul 14, 2020 12:20 am

They look a lot better than my felt tip labels, which mostly consist of overwriting 'NOT' onto a bottle that once contained a similar product. :D

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Re: What to call my whiskeys

Post by jayka » Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:07 am

I'm pretty hard core about my presentation. Even tho I only give it away. I make a lot of apple cider and apple and prickly pear cider. So it all gets bottled up nice and labelled. I will see if I have a pic to post
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Re: What to call my whiskeys

Post by jayka » Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:13 am

So I really appreciate the Auskey labels. They are cool!
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Re: What to call my whiskeys

Post by Swedish Pride » Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:35 am

call it whiskey.

or get all fancy an tie it to the local area a bit more. "Roo Sweat" and "Croc Tears" are more fanciful and you'll feel no need to stick to a certain mash to adhere to commercial rules
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Re: What to call my whiskeys

Post by NZChris » Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:49 am

Even in NZ, where it is legal to distill, it is still illegal to give it away. I used to put some effort into labels for wines etc., when I first started brewing, but not for my hard likker.
Newish made whiskey hasn't earned itself a fancy label yet and aged fine whiskey that I've have been pampering for several years is too good to give away and will carry on improving with age as long as I don't make the mistake of giving it away. If I was wealthy and had a large rickhouse stocked with barrels it might be another story, but I'm not and only have a small still and a shed in the garden.

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Re: What to call my whiskeys

Post by jayka » Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:28 am

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Re: What to call my whiskeys

Post by WithOrWithoutU2 » Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:10 am

If the grain bill and process matches that of scotch, bourbon, irish whiskey, canadian whiskey, etc then call it as such. I think it helps communicate the ingredients and process. The exception is obviously the rule about "where" it is made. The location rules are for commercial purposes only to protect revenue and can be thrown out for hobbyist. Other exceptions are things like aging in a cask/barrel. For our purposes that would include using staves, sticks as a means of infusion for the aging. Personally, I do believe if it calls for specific type of ingredient, like American Oak, or French Oak, or Champaign Grapes that could arguably be different from other varieties then I think those rules should be followed. But this is just all my opinion and no hard rule. But I think most on here would agree.

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Re: What to call my whiskeys

Post by PoppaW » Wed Jul 15, 2020 6:05 pm

Toad Likker.
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Re: What to call my whiskeys

Post by Thebigbrewbowski » Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:57 pm

Had a fly land in my low wines and said f it, might add flavour...and "Black Fly Whiskey" was born!

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Re: What to call my whiskeys

Post by Swedish Pride » Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:08 pm

Thebigbrewbowski wrote:
Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:57 pm
Had a fly land in my low wines and said f it, might add flavour...and "Black Fly Whiskey" was born!
with that logic I'll name the next batch "Moonscape Whiskey" due to the look of my lacto
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Re: What to call my whiskeys

Post by NZChris » Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:33 pm

I sometimes name my products influenced by something that was happening on the day or where it was made. E.g. Whisky that was distilled at the beach in bad weather and goes cloudy when proofed is likely to be named something like "Cloudy Bay Rye" (or whatever the grain was). The same product distilled in the hills might be "Misty Mountain Rye".

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Re: What to call my whiskeys

Post by bilgriss » Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:43 am

Similar here. My whiskey made from Chicken Scratch Grains (usually corn, wheat, barley) is called "Old Scratch" and gets labeled as the taste of eternal damnation. I have one that folks here on the forum helped me name as "Mudd Butt". There's a story behind that. A couple of recipes that come from the tried and true recipes get named as they have been dubbed by the contributor. I have some Honey Bear Bourbon downstairs now that's just a bit over-oaked but mellowing well (thanks SCD).

Whether it's a bourbon or a scotch or not - that's up to you. The "Laws" that dictate such labels are sort of thrown out the door in your case, are they not?

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Re: What to call my whiskeys

Post by boda getta » Sun Jul 26, 2020 8:58 am

I call mine "Small Batch, Pot Still Single Malt Whiskey."...

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Re: What to call my whiskeys

Post by jayka » Sun Jul 26, 2020 8:03 pm

boda getta wrote:
Sun Jul 26, 2020 8:58 am
I call mine "Small Batch, Pot Still Single Malt Whiskey."...

BG
I like that. It's descriptive.
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Re: What to call my whiskeys

Post by Chauncey » Sun Jul 26, 2020 8:52 pm

I just callem by the protocols and grains

Pot stilled corn whiskey, 100 proof.

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Re: What to call my whiskeys

Post by gwizard » Mon Jul 27, 2020 7:35 am

I don't name them. They don't last long enough to name 'em. ;-)

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Re: What to call my whiskeys

Post by Hambone » Mon Jul 27, 2020 8:28 am

Apple brandy wash could be called Dickens Cider.

Women just love a Dickens Cider...
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Post by The Baker » Mon Jul 27, 2020 7:32 pm

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Re: What to call my whiskeys

Post by kimbodious » Tue Jul 28, 2020 2:03 am

My latest attempt is called Soultan after the sire of one of my dogs
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Re: What to call my whiskeys

Post by TDick » Tue Jul 28, 2020 5:58 pm

Hambone wrote:
Mon Jul 27, 2020 8:28 am
Apple brandy wash could be called Dickens Cider.

Women just love a Dickens Cider...
you're a bad bad man.
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Re: What to call my whiskeys

Post by jayka » Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:09 pm

Well, I decided on a name for my first batch.

"The Naughty Forties"

As I basically made it over my wifes 40th birthday

The Mash went on the week before her birthday and the whiskey went into the barrel the week after her birthday.
She absolutely loves the name and I'm not gonna Lie if it comes true I'm not going to complain!
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Re: What to call my whiskeys

Post by Chauncey » Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:19 pm

TDick wrote:
Tue Jul 28, 2020 5:58 pm
Hambone wrote:
Mon Jul 27, 2020 8:28 am
Apple brandy wash could be called Dickens Cider.

Women just love a Dickens Cider...
you're a bad bad man.Hambone's Cider.png
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