Gin originated in Holland so of course, ours is named Meermin, the Dutch
word for mermaid. Like a cocoon transforming to a butterfly, gin begins
as vodka and then is distilled with our custom recipes of botanicals
including lavender grown in our garden. To further enhance this we produce Purple Reign, a lavender lemon gin.
We produce five whiskeys including Selkie our Washington white winter wheat single malt, Barrel Ride our wine barrel aged whiskey, Bowsprit maple chai whiskey, HMS Bounty apple cinnamon whiskey, and Riptide our delicious brown sugar vanilla whiskey.
The common question is about the differences between whiskey, Scotch, bourbon and rye. The example given in research is likened to the idea that all squares (sub-categories of whiskey) are rectangles (whiskey) but not all rectangles (whiskies) are squares (sub-categories).
Further confusion is in the correct spelling. Whiskey
is spelled with an "e" in the United States and Ireland (countries with
"e" in their names) or without an "e" (whisky) in Scotland and Canada
(no "e" in the name of the liquor or the country).
The spirit type is whiskey. All Scotch, bourbon, and rye are whiskies:
Scotch is made in Scotland and must be 51% malted barley.
Bourbon is made in the USA and must be 51% corn.
Bourbon is mostly made in Kentucky (Jim Beam) and Tennessee (Jack Daniels).
Tennessee bourbon must be sugar maple charcoal filtered.
Rye is made in the USA and Canada.
In the US it must be 51% rye (a specific grain).
In Canada it may or may not include rye (can be a variety of grains).