There are many different styles of whiskey in the world. We list the 9 most important to know.
Single malt Irish whiskey is whiskey that is the product of one single distillery. The whiskey must be distilled from a fermented mash bill, made from 100% malted barley with no other grains added.
Single Grain whiskey refers to using grains other than malted barley in the mash bill, such as whiskey made using corn, wheat or rye. They are distilled using a Column Still instead of the more traditional pot still.
Single Pot Still
Single pot still whiskey is a style of Irish whiskey unique to Ireland. It is made by a single distillery from a mash bill of malted & unmalted barley and 5% other grains & distilled in a copper pot still.
Blended whiskey is the product of blending 3 different styles of whiskeys in complementary ratios. Blended whiskeys were invented in Scotland and are now the most popular whiskey style in the world.
Blended malt whiskey, formerly called a vatted malt, or pure malt, is a blend of different single malt whiskies from different distilleries and is mostly associated with the Scottish whisky industry.
Bourbon is a distilled American whiskey, that has to be made from at least 51% corn, aged in a new oak barrel and produced in America. It has no minimum aging period & needs to be bottled at 40% ABV or more & contain no additives.
Corn whiskey is an American spirit made from a mash of at least 80 percent corn and distilled to a maximum strength of 80% ABV. Corn whiskey does not need wood aging, but if aged, it must be in uncharred or previously used oak barrels.
Rye whiskey is primarily made in North America with a mash of at least 51 percent rye and is aged in charred barrels for at least two years.
Tennessee whiskey producers are required by state law to produce their whiskys in Tennessee and to use a filtering step known as the Lincoln County Process prior to aging the whisky.