Whiskey, or whisky, refers to a broad category of alcoholic beverages that are distilled from fermented grain mash and aged in wooden casks, generally oak. Different grains are used for different varieties, including: barley, malted barley, rye, malted rye, wheat, and maize (corn).
The most common types of whisk(e)y include:
- Bourbon whiskey - An American whiskey made with between 51% and 79% corn (maize).
- Canadian whisky - Aged at least three years in a barrel and a blend of multi-grain whisk.
- Irish whiskey - Generally a three-times distilled spirit primarily made with malted barley.
- Rye whiskey - An American whiskey ade with at least 51% rye.
- Scotch whisky - Usually a twice-distilled spirit made primarily with peat-smoked malted barley.
- Tennessee whiskey - The same as Bourbon, but filtered through sugar maple charcoal, giving it a unique flavor and aroma.
Scotland, Ireland, Canada and the United States make up the four countries where whik(e)y is traditionally made. However, whiskies are also made in France, Japan (Suntory Whisky) and Taiwan (Kavalan Whisky). These are made in the style of Scotch whisky. Thailand's Mekhong Whisky is a distilled spirit made from sugar cane and rice, with a character more like a light rum; it is not a true whisky.
Drinks made with Whisky or Whiskey