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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Zabaione - with Marsala or Whiskey?

At times it can be difficult to procure what I always considered the correct ingredient for Zabaione - Marsala. However, I have discovered that I can use other fortified wines or spirits. Wikipedia ...
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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 are the predominant styles of Whisky coming out of Asia?

Something I've recognized in the past year is that popular Asian whiskies exist. And yet, I've never purchased whisky from Asia, usually only picking up bottles out of Canada, the U.S. or Britain. ...
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Whiskey: Year is it from distilled or bottled?

I've noticed that on the label on some whiskey bottles it say "distilled 2010 | bottled 2016" Is a Whiskey in that case then categorized as a six-year-old whiskey or one-year-old (or zero) whiskey? ...
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How can I keep Whisky from corking over time?

I'm not a wine man but I believe the general rule is to keep the cork wet, although the story is entirely different with whisky due to the effect of its high alcohol content breaking down the cork. ...
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Highland Park Einar: estimated age

I received a bottle of Highland Park Einar. It's one of the 6 bottles released of the Warrior series. Given there is no age statement, would anyone of you who tried it be able to tell what's the ...
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What are the factors that determine how long whisky is aged?

Whisk[e]y varieties often have significant differences in how long they are aged. While there are always exceptions, Bourbon is often aged for 5-10 years. Scotch, on the other hand, is more commonly ...