Types Of Whiskey

First up! What is a Whiskey?

A Whiskey is a drink that is distilled from a fermented grain malt. Grains are allowed to germinate and dry. This malt is then added with water and yeast and allowed to ferment.

The output of fermentation is alcoholic drink that is later distilled and filtered to form Whiskey.

So, how many types of Whiskey are there? What is the difference between Bourbon and Scotch?

How to differentiate different types of Whiskies? Let us see.

Types of Whiskeys:

  • Scotch Whisky
  • Irish Whiskey
  • Canadian Whisky
  • American Whiskey
  • Japanese Whiskey
  • Other Whiskeys like India, Europe, etc

Did you notice the difference in Spelling in Whisk(e)y? 

Yeah – Scotch and Canadian Whiskies are denoted without “e” while others have “e”.

Scotch Whisky:

This whisky must be made in Scotland, aged for at least 3 years.

There are two types here – Single Malt and Blended. The former is made from barley only in a single distillery while the latter is made from combining two or more malts.

Irish Whiskey:

These are made only in Ireland with any cereal grains and aged for 3 years. 

Japanese Whiskey:

These whiskies are made similar to those of the Scotches.

American Whiskey:

There are several types of American Whiskeys namely – Bourbon, Tennessee, Rye Whiskey and Blended.

Bourbon – made from at least 51% corn and only in the country. A straight bourbon is made entirely in one state, and aged for at least 2 years.

Blended – this can include other flavorings also, but one of the blends must be made from 51% corn

Tennessee – made only in Tennessee state, this is filtered and distilled in a different way from that of bourbon. Get to know how a Bourbon tastes differently from a Scotch.

Rye Whiskey – Primary grain is Rye, at least 51% Rye and made in the country

Other types of Whiskeys:

Apart from these primary whiskey types, there are other types like

Flavored Whiskey – usually flavored with artificial flavoring substances  – for example, Cinnamon flavored Fireball Whiskey

Whiskey Liqueurs – added with sweeteners, like Jim Beam Honey, with honey.