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Whisky: Types

The different types of whisky, and whiskey like products, are produced in grain-growing areas. Each type differs in base product, alcoholic content and quality. The scent and taste of the whiskey usually gives away from which country it’s from.

Blended whisky
The most known whiskies are blended whiskies. These are made by combining malt and grain whiskies. Examples are Scotch whisky and Irish whiskey. Blends are usually combinations of different distilleries, each with its own character to produce a taste consistent with the brand. The brand name will not contain the name of a distillery. Blended whisky is the principal earner for the whisky industry. Scotland is the pioneer of blended whiskies with brands such as Dewars.

Vatted Malt  

The term "blend" can also mean a mixture of only malts, usually referred to as ‘Blended malt" or “Vatted malt”. This type of whiskey contains different malt whiskies that have been cleverly blended, to create a unique, identifiable type of whiskey. Such malt can also consist entirely of malt whiskies of various ages from the same distillery. As fairly uncommon type of whisky, it is often well suited to those who prefer their whisky to be less challenging, due to the fact that the blender's skill will more often than not produce unvarying malt with highly definable traits.

Single Malt
Barley, yeast and water are the only three ingredients needed for the single malt whisky. A whisky can only be named single malt if it is produced at only one distillery. Single malts are typically associated with Scotland, though they are also produced in Ireland and Japan.

Pure pot still whiskey
Pure pot still whiskey is a traditional mixture of distilled malted and unmalted barley. Popular since the Irish civil war, it later became known by the modern name “pot still whiskey”. Some pot still whiskeys break from tradition and don’t contain unmalted barley. Thus, they are actually single malt whiskeys, but can be legally labeled "pot still whiskey" if the distiller chooses so. However, the majority of pot still whiskeys conform to the traditional definition.

Cask Strength whiskey
Also known as barrel proof, this whiskey type is not usually bottled. Contrary to other whiskies, the cask strength whiskey is not mixed with water to reduce its strength. Bottled whiskey contains 40% alcohol, but the Cask Strength Whiskey is higher in alcohol, sometimes up to 70%. Only whiskey aficionados prefer and can handle this type of whiskey, needless to say, it’s not suitable for the whiskey beginners!