Whiskey Facts

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.”

–Mark TwainWhiskey Casks

Whiskey is distilled from fermented grain mash. The only exception to this being some whiskey made from corn, which doesn’t always have to be aged | minimum of 40% & a maximum of 94.8% alcohol by volume

Scotch is made from malted Barley. Some include whole grains of other cereals + caramel coloring | aged in oak casks for no less than 3 years | ABV < 94.8% | made in Scotland

Bourbon whiskey is made from a grain mixture of at least 51% corn | distilled at < 80% alcohol | aged for a minimum of 2 years in charred oak barrels | must be made in the United States

Tennessee Whiskey is straight bourbon made in Tennessee | not labeled Bourbon because it’s the only type of whiskey that goes through a charcoal filtering process | all other Bourbon rules apply

Canadian Rye requires the presence of rye + to possess the aroma, taste, & character generally attributed to Canadian whiskey

American Rye whiskey must be made from a mash > 51% rye. Other commonly-used ingredients include corn & barley | must be aged in charred new oak barrels distilled to an ABV < 80%