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Whisky is a spirit made by fermenting grain mash composed of cereals such as barley, malted barley, rye, malted rye, wheat, and maize or corn, then distilling through different methods, and finally aging the resulting alcoholic drink in wooden casks, where whisky matures and achieves its particular characteristics like aroma, flavor, and strength.

Alcohol (ABV):

40-50% (80 to 100 proof)

Whisky Styles

There are many styles of whisky depending on the base product, alcoholic content, and quality:

Malt Whisky

Made from malted barley only and distilled in a pot still.

Grain Whisky

Made from malted and un-malted barley along with other grains, and distilled in a continuous two columns still.

Vatted Malt Whisky

Malts and grains combined in a blend from different distilleries. Also known as blended malt whisky.

Single Malt Whisky

Malt Whisky from a single distillery, either from single cask or many casks, and different years.

Pure Pot Still Whiskey

Distilled in a pot still from mixed malted and un-malted barley mash. Exclusive to Irish Whiskey.

Blended Whiskies

Made from mixture of malt and grain whiskies.

Cask Strenght

Very rare whiskies, they are bottled from the cask undiluted.

Whisky and Whiskey

More than 130 years ago, all whisky was spelled like so: whisky, without an extra "e", however due to poor reputation held by Scottish distilleries with cheap spirits, the Irish and American distilleries adopted a new spelling: "whiskey" to actually make a difference between their high quality whisky and the others.

Whisky Countries: 

Scotland, Canada, Japan, Wales, Australia

Whiskey Countries:

Ireland and United States

Types of Whisky

The most famous types according to the country where they are produced are:

American Whiskey

Canadian Whisky

Irish Whiskey

Japanese Whisky

Scotch Whisky