Whisk(e)y is a spirit that is distilled from fermented grains and aged in wooden barrels for a period of time after distillation. These barrels impart flavors, aromas and color into the whisk(e)y. Whisk(e)y is made all around the world and each country has a different set of laws and requirements around what officially constitutes a whisk(e)y. Because of this, there are many varieties of whisk(e)y each with their own taste profiles.
Common types of whisk(e)y include scotch, bourbon, Irish whiskey, rye and most recently Japanese whisky. The main difference between each of these styles is their country of origin, the type of cereal grain used, and the ageing (maturation) process.
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