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Whiskey, Whisky
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Category: Spirits
Alc/vol: 40%

Is the most consumed spirit in the world. It is light to medium amber and is produced in Scotland, Ireland, Canada and the United States. It is a grain spirit that is very aromatic and has a smoky flavor. It is made with malted barley, wheat, rye, oats, corn or a combination of these ingredients. Germinated grain is dired, ground, added to water, filtered, fermented, distilled, and aged in oak casks before it is bottled and sold. Whiskey/Whisky vary in flavor and character from country to country. Best enjoyed straight up in a Cognac snifter, on the rocks, in mixed drinks, cocktails and tall drinks. Blends well with water, lemon juice, grapefruit juice, lime juice, orange juice, club soda, Vermouths, herb liqueurs, orange liqueurs and cream liqueurs.

American Whiskeys:
Bourbon Whiskey: Bourbon Whiskey was originally produced in Bourbon, Kentucky, U.S.A. and also sometimes known as Tennessee Whiskey. All Bourbon Whiskey is produced in the United States. It must be made with at least 51% corn. The remainder can be barley, rye, or wheat. Bourbon must be aged at least 2 years in charred oak casks before it is bottled and sold.

Blended Whiskey: Is made with a maximum of 20% Straight Whiskey and neutral alcohol.

Blended Straight Whiskey: It is made with a minimum of 51% Straight Whiskey and other Whiskies.

Bottled-in-Bond Whiskey: Is Straight Whiskey, that has been aged (at least 4 years in charred oak casks) and bottled in goverment supervised warehouse. The Straight Whiskey must come from one individual distiller and one distilling season. Bottled in Bonded Whiskey is bottled at a minimum of 50% alc/vol.

Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Straight Rye Whiskey: Is made with corn or rye (minimum 51%) and barley or wheat. It cannot contain more than 80% alc/vol and must be aged for a minimum of 2 years in charred oak casks.

Sour Mash: Leftovers from a previous fermentation, are added to the new wort before fermentation.

Corn Whiskey: Is made from a mash of grains that must contain at least 80% corn. Corn Whiskey is usually aged in re-used charred oak casks.

Rye Whiskey: Is made from a mash of grains that must contain at least 51% rye. It is then aged for at least 2 years in charred oak casks in a steam heated storage area before it is bottled and sold.


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