Whisky or whiskey is a type of liquor made from fermented grain mash. Various grains (which may be malted) are used for different varieties, including barley, corn, rye, and wheat. Whisky is typically aged in wooden casks, which are typically made of charred white oak. Uncharred white oak casks previously used for the aging of port, rum or sherry are also sometimes used.

A glass of whisky
TypeDistilled beverage
Introduced13th–15th century
Alcohol by volume at least 40%[1] (37% in Australia,[2][3] 43% in South Africa[1])
Proof (US)80 and higher
ColourPale gold to dark amber
IngredientsMalt, water
VariantsIrish whiskey, Scotch whisky, Bourbon whiskey, Japanese whisky

Whisky is a strictly regulated spirit worldwide with many classes and types. The typical unifying characteristics of the different classes and types are the fermentation of grains, distillation, and aging in wooden barrels.

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