Whiskey, or whisky depending on your preference, is a complicated liquor. It comes in many variations and has many different flavors. The term Whiskey comes from the Gaelic uisce beatha, meaning water of life.
Whiskey is distilled from fermented grain mash. This mash is sometimes malted but often contains barley, corn, rye and wheat. It is aged in casks usually made of oak.
Now the main types of whiskey that we stick to are Scotch whisky, Bourbon whiskey, Rye whiskey, and Irish whiskey.
Scotch whisky is made in Scotland, generally it is distilled twice and aged a minimum of three years. Scotch tends to be smokier or peatier than Bourbon or Rye. It is usually consumed neat, although some water or ice could sneak in there.
Bourbon whiskey is American made generally from corn. It is strongly associated with the South and typically Kentucky. It is generally a sweeter tasting whiskey. Currently we are in a bit of a Bourbon Renaissance in America where many very good types can be found just about anywhere.
Rye whiskey is American made from at least 51% rye. The rye gives it more of a spicy flavor. Rye is often compared to Scotch although it is not as smoky a flavor.
Irish whiskey is one of the oldest distilled drinks in all of Europe. Bushmills claims to be the oldest licensed distillery in the world. Irish whiskey is generally distilled three times and is rarely given any peat, which gives it a smooth taste.
Jameson Irish Whiskey
One of the staples of Irish whiskey, Jameson has been around since the late 1700's. It is a very flavorful whiskey with hints of sweet. Very versatile.
This Rye has a mashbill of 95%, meaning it is made from 95% rye, a high count for such an easy to drink whiskey.
Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey
The party drink that is sweeping the nation. This flavored Cinnamon Whiskey is on pace to pass Jaegermeister on the popularity chart.
One of the best bourbon whiskeys around, this rather new whiskey has actually a pretty high rye content for a bourbon.
Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey
While it could be considered a Liqueur, the Whiskey base puts in here. Very sweet, very tasty.