Some call whiskey “the water of life,” and we can't help but agree. You can drink it neat, and you can shake or stir it into a cocktail. Whiskey is a distilled spirit made from grain. Distillers mash grains to release natural sugars, which are then fermented into alcohol. That alcohol is then distilled, creating a more potent spirit in the process. The grain that’s used can vary, but more often than not you’ll find whiskies made with corn, rye, wheat, and barley (both malted and not). Other grains such as millet and quinoa are used on occasion. Once the mash has been fermented and distilled, it is usually barrel-aged, which contributes flavour and colour.
“The great things about whiskey is that it is so diverse and can appeal to a very broad range of palates,” says famous whisky lover, Tommie Tardie.