What Are The Different Whiskey Types?

By Craig Ellis
Author Bio: Craig's love for all things whiskey began when he visited his first distillery, Talisker in 2006. During his free time, he likes to visit distilleries around the globe, planning his travel around these locations. Craig created The Pot Still in 2016 when he first started to collect rare and unusual whiskeys. His whiskey collection has grown and grown since. Craig writes and reviews independently and is not commissioned by any brand or distillery. Craig's views and opinions are his own.
What Are The Different Whiskey Types?

Whiskey is a popular alcoholic beverage made from fermented grains such as barley, corn, rye, or wheat. The type of grain used and the production process determine the final flavour and characteristics of the whiskey. Here are some of the most common whiskey types explained in short layman's terms:

  1. Bourbon – Made from at least 51% corn, bourbon is aged in charred new oak barrels and is known for its sweet, smooth flavour with hints of vanilla and caramel.

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  2. Scotch – Made in Scotland, scotch is made from malted barley and aged for at least three years in oak barrels. It has a distinct smoky flavour that is influenced by the peat used in the malting process.

  3. Irish Whiskey – Similar to scotch, Irish whiskey is made from malted barley and aged in oak barrels. It is known for its smooth and light flavour with hints of fruit and spice. Also check out Single Pot Still whiskey.

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  4. Rye Whiskey – Made from at least 51% rye, this whiskey has a strong, spicy flavour with notes of pepper and clove.

  5. Tennessee Whiskey – Similar to bourbon, Tennessee whiskey is made from corn and aged in charred oak barrels. It is filtered through sugar maple charcoal before bottling, giving it a unique smooth flavour.

  6. Japanese Whiskey – Inspired by scotch, Japanese whiskey is made from malted barley and is known for its refined and smooth flavour with hints of fruit and floral notes.

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These are just a few examples of the many types of whiskey available. Each type offers a unique flavour profile and production process, making it a favourite among enthusiasts and casual drinkers alike. Whether you prefer a smooth bourbon or a bold rye, there is a whiskey out there to suit every taste preference.

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