With so many varieties of whiskey on the market, it can be difficult to differentiate and distinguish them all. Here is a quick rundown of the most notable groupings of the classic libation we all know and love.
noun whis·key \ˈhwis-kē, ˈwis-\
plural whiskeys or whiskies
A liquor distilled from fermented wort (as that obtained from rye, corn, or barley mash)
- Made from: Fermented mash made exclusively with malted barley
- Made in: Scotland (predominantly)
- The process: Scotch has to be distilled twice on pot stills at a single distillery and is then matured in oak casks for at least three years.
- Made from: A mixture of different whiskies (malt, grain)
- Made in: Various distilleries – usually from Scotland or Ireland – AND Texas of course!
- Rebecca Creek Whiskey is a blend of aged bourbons, corn-based spirits and limestone-filtered water from the Trinity Aquifer. It is aged 5-7 years and contains a mash bill of 67% corn, 21% rye and a remaining blend of wheat and barley as additional flavoring grains.
- The process: The ratio of whiskies from different distilleries determines the character. Most blends contain more grain whiskey than malt whiskey.
Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey
- Made from: At least 51% corn grain – the rest is a mixture of barley as well as rye and / or wheat
- Made in: the U.S. – most bourbons are produced in Kentucky. Tennessee has established its own category.
- The process: Must be aged for at least four years in fresh, toasted casks made from American white oak. A finish or extra maturation is not allowed. Tennessee Whiskey is additionally charcoal-filtered.
- Made from: A grain mash at least 51% rye
- Made in: Mainly in the U.S. and Canada
- The process: Must be matured in oak casks for at least two years. Canadian rye whiskey is an important ingredient in Canadian blended whiskies.
- Made from: Malted barley in pot stills and from malted and unmalted barley or other cereals in paten stills
- Made in: Distilled and matured in Scotland
- The process: Matured in oak casks with a period of maturation no less than three years. A minimum alcoholic strength of 40 percent by volume is required.
- Made from: A blend of malted and unmalted barley in the pot still phase
- Made in: Distilled and matured in Ireland
- The process: The malted barley is dried over peat smoke. Irish whiskey is made from kiln-dried barley and tastes more of the grain itself. It is triple-distilled.
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