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Here is a Newbies’ Guide for Whiskey Drinking

The whiskey season bestows us with abundance of food, the friends get merrier, clothes get cozier and whiskey flows like a mountain stream. It can also make you a lot more creative with whiskey cocktails to experiment on. Whiskey has a lot of types of creatively crafted spirits and connects people one sip at a time. There can be a rye, bourbon or Tennessee whiskey. You may also need to understand the difference between single malt and blended whiskey. This article by Mad Hatter Pub highlights everything you need to know about whiskey. 

Whiskey versus whisky

This is based on the region and how each of them prefers to spell it. It may not matter, but just FYI, the spirits from the US or Ireland spell it whiskey and the spirits from Scotland, Canada and Japan, spell it whisky. 

Whiskey terms to learn


  • Charring


Charring refers to setting the inside of wood barrels to fire.


  • Drunk


Drunk is what happens when you drink a lot of whiskey.


  • Malt


In simple terms, malt is a heated or roasted germinated grain. When the grain is heated, it tends to release some amazing enzymes that let the fermentation to settle. 


  • Mash


Mash is when the combination of grains and water is used before the yeast is added for fermentation. 


  • Responsible


This is what you should be when you are drinking any alcohol of sorts. 


  • Straight whiskey


This is an American whiskey that is more than two years old.

Irish whiskey

This is one of the most famous types of whiskeys which is ideal for both fall and winter weather. There are four kinds of Irish whiskey:

  1. Single malt
  2. Single pot
  3. Grain
  4. Blended

The difference between Irish and Scottish whiskey is that the former is distilled thrice rather than twice. 

Single malt whiskey

This whiskey is a 100 percent malted barley and is distilled in a pot in a single distillery. When it comes to Teeling Single Malt, it tastes a lot like strawberries and cream. 

Single pot whiskey

This is a combination of malted and unmalted barley and is distilled in a pot in a single distillery. These were a famous choice until blends made an entry. 

Grain whiskey

This is distilled in a column or Coffey rather than a pot. This is typically made for using it in the blended whiskey.

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