Whiskey is a type of distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash. Different grains are used for different varieties, including barley, malted barley, rye, malted rye, wheat, and maize (corn).
Whiskey is aged in wooden casks, made generally of white oak, except that in the United States corn whiskey need not be aged.
Whiskey is a strictly regulated spirit worldwide with many competing denominations of origin and many classes and types.
The unifying characteristics of the different classes and types are the fermentation of grains, distillation to less than 95% alcohol, and aging in wood.
American whiskies are one segment of the whiskey market that offers great bargains. While there are plenty of great quality American whiskies at $20+, we’ve uncovered some hidden gems that are both affordable and high quality whiskies.
Canadian whiskies don’t always get the respect they deserve. In certain circles, Canadian whiskies have achieved a reputation as a light, fruity and one dimensional spirit. In spite of that view, there are some very high quality Canadian whiskies on the market.