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What are the Different Types of Whisky?
What are the Different Types of Whisky?

Learn your Scotch from your Bourbon.

Updated over a week ago

There are several different types of whisky, each with its own distinct characteristics and production methods. Here are some of the main styles:

What Is Scotch Whisky?

Scotch whisky is produced in Scotland and must adhere to specific legal requirements. It can be further categorised into subtypes such as single malt, single grain, blended malt, blended grain, and blended Scotch whisky.

What is Single Malt Whisky?

Single malt whisky is made from malted barley in a single distillery. It is often associated with Scotch whisky but can also be produced in other countries.

What is Blended Whisky?

Blended whisky is a combination of whisky from different distilleries. It allows brands and blenders to create a consistent flavour profile by blending whiskies from multiple sources.

What is Bourbon Whiskey?

Bourbon is primarily produced in the United States and is made primarily from a grain mixture containing at least 51% corn. It must be aged in new charred oak barrels and meet other specific criteria to be labelled as bourbon.

What is Rye Whiskey?

Rye whiskey is made primarily from rye grain and can be produced in various countries, including the United States and Canada. It typically has a spicier flavour profile compared to other types of whiskey.

What is Irish Whiskey?

Irish whiskey is produced in Ireland and is usually triple-distilled. It can be made from a mixture of malted and unmalted barley or solely from malted barley.

What is Canadian Whisky?

Canadian whisky is produced in Canada and is typically made from a blend of grains, which may include corn, rye, barley, and wheat. It is known for its smooth and light flavour profile.

What is Japanese Whisky?

Japanese whisky follows production methods influenced by Scotch whisky. It has gained international recognition for its high-quality production and diverse range of styles.

What is Corn Whiskey?

Corn whiskey is primarily made from at least 80% corn grain mash. It is often produced in the United States and has a sweet and mellow flavour profile.

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