Know your Whiskey: The Difference between Bourbon, Scotch, Rye, Irish

Know your Whiskey: The Difference between Bourbon, Scotch, Rye, Irish

I can’t tell you how many times someone has asked me “What’s the difference between Scotch, Bourbon, and Whisky”?

In short: Scotch is made in Scotland, and Bourbon is made in America (mainly Kentucky). Scotch is made from malted barley, Bourbon is made from Corn.

If we’re going to explain the difference between whiskeys, first you should understand what a whiskey actually is. To keep it simple, whiskey is any booze distilled from fermented grain mash. The only exception to this being some whiskey made from corn, which doesn’t always have to be aged.

All whiskey must be distilled at a minimum of 40% and a maximum of 94.8% alcohol by volume (ABV), . The difference between the various whiskeys relies mostly on the type of grain used for the mash.
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