By Justin Justus

Types of Whiskey Explained: Get Schooled in Whiskey 101

This post will teach you the art of putting your nose in the glass, taking a deep huff, rolling the drink in your mouth, and sensing the aroma, notes, and unique flavor profile.

Scotch Whiskey

Scotch liquor, aka nectar of the gods, is made in Scotland. It is a whiskey made from barley, wheat, or rye, and it often has a smoky taste and flavor profile.


Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon is an American-style whiskey made initially from rye. However, once the Europeans settled in Kentucky, they grew corn in plenty, leading to bourbon made from corn.


Tennessee Whiskey

Technically, Tennessee whiskey is bourbon (American-style whiskey). However, it falls into a different classification mainly because of the production style.


Irish Whiskey

It’s said that whiskey originated in Ireland and was first produced in the 6th century. Compared to other types of whiskey, Irish whiskey has a smoother flavor and is easy to sip neat.


Canadian Whiskey

To date, most people still refer to Canadian whisky as Canadian rye whiskey. This is because eastern Canadian winters are harsh, and one of the few crops that can survive the adverse weather is rye.


Japanese Whiskey

Japanese whiskey is made using the highest distillation standards to make its taste nearly similar to scotch.