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Whisky or whiskey is a type of distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash. Various grains (which may be malted) are used for different varieties, including barley, corn (maize), rye, and wheat. Whisky is typically aged in wooden casks, generally made of charred white oak.

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Can whiskey be used to purify iffy water while out in the outdoors?

Can whiskey be used to purify iffy water while out in the outdoors? We have all seen movies were someone uses whiskey to clean those gunshot wounds and more. But I would like to know if one could use ...
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What is the official way to drink a boilermaker?

I've had an Irish car bomb (which is dropping a shot of Jamesons into a glass of Guiness and drinking them together) and I believe that is considered a boilermaker. I've done a shot of Jack Daniels ...
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Why does/should my bartender let the ice cube sit before pouring?

Among the greater joys in my life is the recent opening of a whiskey bar within walking distance of my house, and I'm now a regular at said bar, tasting and experimenting different ways of enjoying ...
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How to select upper-tier whiskies without trying them first?

In the past few years I've become a whisky fan boy, buying bottles in most styles, including Scotch. This question pertains mostly to Scotch, but other styles can be included too. One problem I've ...
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What does it mean that multiple whiskey brands come from the same distillery?

Today I was looking at buying my first bottle of whiskey since I got a liquor store gift card worth of $50. I enjoy whiskey so I figured this would be nice to buy. I was looking at for example Blanton'...
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What's the name of this whiskey glass style?

I accidentally broke a vintage whiskey glass that I got from a friend's father when he passed away. I've been looking for a replacement in a similar style, but haven't been able to find anything ...
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Fake Glencairn Glass?

I just purchased this Glencairn glass from Amazon and I think it may be knock-off. The etching on the bottom is different than the majority of the ones I've seen elsewhere. The ones I've seen online I ...
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Preparation of cocktails using whiskey

I'm a whiskey enthusiast and I want to try making cocktails using whiskey (Normally I use chilled water or Ice cubes, but some whiskeys have an obnoxious smell). I have tried bourbon (JD, Jim Beam) ...
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What's bitters to use with bourbon, blood orange syrup, lemon juice and pinot noir?

The best cocktail I've ever had is at Santo Mezcal in Santa Barbara, California called the Riveria Hermosa. The ingredients shown in the menu just say "bitters". I'm wondering what bitters ...
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Is the "Japanese whiskey" in the picture a real brand, and if so what is its full name?

The attached image is a screen capture from a TV show (@ ~00:12:30). Unfortunately, it flashed for only a fraction of a second, and that's all that was shown. Though the label on the bottle says &...
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Does having an extreme climate increase quality when aging bourbon?

I've heard the claim that the state of Kentucky produces some of the best bourbons because the state's climate has dramatic temperature changes between seasons. Kentucky has four different seasons ...
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Will alcohol boost body fat?

I am drinking Rum, Brandy and Whisky regularly. Sometimes beer. In those which boosts body fat? Which is good for obesity prone body?
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Is this 1L bottle of Blue Label a special edition or a regular one?

There's this bottle of Blue Label and I wanted to know if it's a limited edition?
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How I can confirm that scotch whisky consumed by me is a genuine high quality scotch Whisky Bought by INDIAN RUPEES

My question is about the ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES' taste? HOW do tasters decide that the genuine quality of Scotch whisky is of high quality by tasting. AND How do official testers determine ...
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Can a liquor be both a vodka and whisky? What's the difference?

Both whisky and vodka can be made from fermented grains. So is it just a marketing decision which to call it? Generally speaking vodka is clear, odorless and tasteless. And whisky is a brown colour ...
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What is a “Boston Particular?"

What is a “Boston Particular?" When I read a book review (NY Times paywalled, unfortunately) on a history called 'America and Iran’, the review quoted the book saying: Iranians were and still ...
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Can whiskey made outside of Tennessee be considered bourbon?

I always thought that real bourbon can only be made in the great state of Tennesee, but this country song confuses me: While I down Kentucky bourbon I am waiting for a call And the moon and stars ...
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What happens if I drink buttermilk after 3-5 drinks rum or whiskey (60ml each)?

I have heard that we should not drink milk products after we drink rum or whiskey. I'm not sure. But curd and buttermilk is always in my dinner. Can you make it clear? What happens in the stomach when ...
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Is there any good local gin or whiskey produced in South Korea?

When travelling I try to bring back home spirits from places I visit, mostly gin and whiskey. I will be soon travelling to South Korea (Seoul and Busan), and I am trying to find out about the local ...
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How are double and triple casks whiskies matured?

If a 12 year old single malt Scotch has the label of double cask or double matured (some say double wood), assuming oak and sherry, does it mean a portion of the whisky is matured in oak cask for 12 ...
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Can drinking 45ml of spirit (40%) per day affect your health?

Based on this question How much actual alcohol is safe to drink per day? we can see The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism suggests no more than 4 drinks per day, and no more than 7 ...
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Does whisky change its taste in an open bottle?

When you open a bottle of whisky and don't finish it, lets say, within a year. Does it change its taste in this time period? If so, which processes lead to this change? I know there are a lot of ...
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Are there any Whiskey better for cocktails?

I would like to know what whiskey is better with cocktails. I've bough the Jack Daniels, but I feel that the taste of the cocktail is off since the flavors of the Jack Daniels is stronger than others....
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Is peaty whiskey made in other parts of the world besides Islay?

I recently came back from a visit to Islay in Scotland, where I learned that the distilleries use peat in the process of drying barley to give the local Scotch its distinctive peaty flavor. I'm ...
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Whiskey - Irish vs. Scottish

I know that, in general, Scottish whiskey is peaty because of the way they dry the malt with peat smoke while Irish whisky is not because they use unpeated malt. Is the difference legally established ...
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Using barrels for aging Whisk(e)y - preparing the barrel?

I've been in homebrewing and homedistilling for some time and read a bunch of useful information about all types of whisk(e)y's and how are all of them named and such. I can't get the right ...
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Unique and valuable gift for drinker? [closed]

I want to give a close friend a unique and memorable liquor-related (his stipulation) gift. He's particularly fond of whiskey and beer but drinks most anything. What are some ideas, not necessarily ...
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Will Adding Wood Chips meant for smoking to whiskey add bad flavor

Take a Kirkland Blended Whisky or something similar. Is it reasonable to put that in a container with smoking wood chips and let sit for a long while with good results? Are there any gotchas that ...
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Maturation process in casks

I’m curious about the cleaning process of casks before a distillery transfers its whisky to mature/age. To use one of the popular names, just as an example, before Macallan transfers its whisky into a ...
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What constitutes a "stack of whiskey"?

This term was used in a TV show recently and was referring to the price of another highly prized liquor by saying it was worth 3 or 4 stacks of whiskey. The show was a recent episode of NCIS Los ...
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What's the effect of Chill-filtering on Whisky?

Some whiskys (for example Deanston 12 ) say on their label that they are "Un-Chill filtered" and in the example case follow that up with "exactly as it should be" which implies that there are some ...
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What are the pros and cons of "Non Age Statement" Whisky

In the Scottish whisky market there has been a level of controversy over the last couple of years relating to "Non Age Statement" (a.k.a NAS) whisky. Several of the leading distillers now have NAS ...
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How long will an opened bottle of whisky last while stored under ideal conditions?

I've recently made the decision to put my whisky collection into storage and slow down my drinking habit. Assuming I keep the bottles under moderate temperature, and out of sunlight, is there a ...
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A brand of scotch that routinely prints the release year on the bottle?

I enjoy drinking scotch, and I am about to have my first child. I would like to buy a bottle of scotch that has the year my child is born printed on it, and then give them the scotch as a gift when ...
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What kind of whiskey is served cold?

I really like my alcoholic beverages cold. But I do know most whiskeys should be served in room temperature. Although adding ice is an option, I do not prefer this method because when ice melts, the ...
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What is the difference between Cognac, Brandy, Bourbon, Scotch and Whiskey?

All these taste and look pretty similar. What is the difference between them?
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What are some affordable brands of good Scotch? [closed]

I've just recently begun drinking Scotch, and I find it absolutely delicious. However, most brands I see in the store are quite expensive. So far the best Scotch I've tried is Aberlour single malt, ...
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What can be substituted for whiskey with Haggis?

On Burns Night it is traditional to have a 'wee dram' to drink with your Haggis. I am serving Haggis to some Scottish friends, and as it is not Burns Night I feel that I can forgo the traditions of ...
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Whiskey and beer recommendations for boilermaker cocktail?

A lecturer of mine, who is quite a beer connoisseur, mentioned boilermaker shots/cocktails when lecturing about methods of yeast fermentation. Given he's quite into beer, I'm sure when he talks about ...
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Where I can check the age of this blended scotch whisky?

How to check how old this scotch whisky is?
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Are there broad stylistic differences between Scotch and Irish whiskey?

This isn't a question about typical production: I know that Scotch is often peated while Irish rarely is and that Irish is usually triple-distilled whereas Scotch is usually double-distilled. That's ...
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How to correctly drink whiskey?

Last year I went to Dublin to visit guinness storehouse and some whisky distillery. As long as Guinness is such a masterpiece, I found myself attracted more by the whiskey, which was a surprise... ...
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Are there any vodka cocktail recipes for someone who likes whisky/scotch?

I typically drink brown spirits, however, I have some vodka left over from a wedding party so I was wondering if there are any good vodka cocktail recipes which aren't too sweet (or have too many ...
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Difference between Whiskey and Bourbon?

I was wondering if anybody could give me the differences between a whiskey and bourbon, as I was in a conversation the other day and we were talking about Jack Daniels. It is a bourbon but a lot of ...
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Sour Mash Whiskey

Assume I know how to properly ferment grain and distill it into whisky, and that I have all the necessary equipment. If I want a "sour mash" whisky, how would I go about it? From a bit of research, ...
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Jack Daniels - Bottle in the freezer

I have this classic bottle of Jack Daniels, 1 liter. Before serving it, I planned to chill it down a bit in a freezer (-17°C) for couple of hours. I know the alcohol freezing point is way below ...
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How to obtain Japanese whisky in Canada?

A few months ago I learned of a popular Japanese whisky, Yamazaki 12. Since then I've been searching, and searching for methods to get my hands on a bottle, but have come up empty-handed. Being in ...
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Which production methods make one whisky more palatable than another?

A simple enough question. If we take any given style of whisky on the lower end of the spectrum, and we compare it with a fine Scotch, what is it about the production of the two bottles that causes ...
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Is there a peatiness scale for whiskies

I am a big fan of the peatier Scotch whiskies, such as Octomore, Lagavulin, Laphroaig and Talisker, but aside from describing them as "really peaty" or "wow, so much smoke" it can be incredibly ...
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Spirits over 50%. Taste v effect

I like a gin or 2, but tend to stick to the 37.5% stuff opposed to the stronger stuff. I don't get any extra taste, just fall over quicker! I understand that for some of the better whiskeys a little ...