Two counties produce whiskey. These counties are United States and Ireland. Though there are quite a few counties that produce whisky (without the “e” – an important distinction).
By definition Whiskey is distilled liquor made from grain mash and aged in oak barrels.
Grain Whiskey- While these whiskeys might contain malted barley, they primarily consist of unmalted grains.
Corn (Maize) Whiskey
Malt Whiskey - This usually implies that the whiskey is made from malted barley, while those made from rye are specifically called rye malt whiskey.
Bourbon Whiskey – Bourbon was born in and is recognized as a strict product of the United States. It is primarily a corn mash (51+%) whiskey aged in new charred-oak barrels to 80 or more proof.
Sometimes these whiskeys are charcoal filtered. Examples include:
Tennessee Whiskey – This is a specific type of Bourbon whiskey produced in Tennessee.
There are other more generic types of whiskey produced in the United States but Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey are true American whiskey.
Irish Whiskey is made in Ireland, is less than 94.8% a.b.v, aged for a minimum of 3 years in a wooden cask and if the whiskey consists of two or more distillates, then it is considered a blended whiskey. Beyond that, Irish whiskeys are typed by their distillation method and/or whether or not they are blended.
Blended Irish Whiskey – These whiskeys consist of a blend of two or more distillates
Irish Pot Still Whiskey – This is a whiskey that combines malted and unmalted barley that is fully distilled in single still. Irish Single Malt Whiskey – A pot-stilled whiskey made entirely of malted barley. Single Grain Irish whiskey – A fine Irish whiskey made at a single distillery.
Brands of Whiskey
When it comes to whiskey, there are many different companies producing a wide variety of different types of whiskey and in varying levels of quality. Depending on an individual’s preferences, there are whiskeys available from a multitude of different locations all over the world. Irish, English, German, Canadian and Scotch whiskeys are some of the most popular variations in the world, and constitute many different whiskey brands.
In the United States, there are thirteen distilleries that are responsible for producing roughly 99% of the whiskey consumed in the U.S. The two main variations of whiskey consumed in America are Kentucky bourbons and Tennessee style whiskeys.
Jim Beam - Jim Beam is a well known producer of fine bourbon whiskey. This company has been around for almost 200 years, is well-established and highly reputable. They offer many whiskey products, ranging from Jim Beam Original (aged 4 years and 80 proof), to Jim Beam Devil’s Cut, which is 90 proof and uses some of the excess extracted bourbon from the inside of the cask to create a stronger blend.
Knob Creek – Since 1988, knob Creek has produced the best of bourbon whiskey. Knob Creek is known for selling types of whiskey that is 100 proof (owned by Jim Beam) and offers a cut of bourbon whiskey that is stronger than the competitors.
Woodford Reserve - Woodford Reserve is a premium bourbon whiskey brand that is located in Woodford County, Kentucky. This variation of Kentucky bourbon is more expensive than many other types of whiskey, primarily because it is a small batch and long aged type of whiskey.
Blanton’s- Distilled in Frankfort, Kentucky, this bourbon is a 93 proof and roughly 46% alcohol. It’s a premium whiskey since it is a small batch and single barrel whiskey. Blanton has been associated with events like horse racing; hence the whiskey bottle features a small metal race horse and jockey atop it.
Jack Daniel’s (JD) – The best selling American Whiskey in the entire world, Jack Daniel’s offers their customers a brand of sour mash whiskey that has become a favourite globally. The iconic bottle design and classic black label, Jack Daniels has made a name for itself. Some of the products offered by Jack Daniel include Old No. 7, Gentleman Jack. This is basically Old no. 7 but is filtered more times for a smoother finish. Another offering is Single Barrel that comes from a single barrel in the company’s warehouse and Tennessee Honey which is basically a standard whiskey infused with honey liquor.
George Dickel – George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey is distilled and aged in a place called Cascade Hollow. This fine Tennessee whiskey is a 90 proof and roughly 45% alcohol.