How Whiskey Is Made

Every country has a different approach to making whisky, which will be discussed in detail at the beginning of each chapter. However, all are basically variations on the following rules.

Pure pot still, using malted and/or unmalted barley; a mix of pot and column still, and all column still. It is distilled in either a single column still, a column still with a 2nd still called a ‘doublet’, or in pot stills. All American produced whiskey must be aged in new charred-oak casks.Canadian whisky

is a mix of whiskies most commonly made in column stills from wheat, corn, barley and rye (either singly or combined), and should be aged for a minimum of 3 years in used oak casks.

Pure pot still, utilizing malted and/or unmalted barley; a mix of pot and column still, and all column still. It is distilled in either a single column still, a column still with a 2nd still called a ‘doublet’, or in pot stills. All American produced scotch needs to be aged in brand-new charred-oak casks.Canadian whisky

is a blend of whiskies most frequently made in column stills from wheat, corn, barley and rye (either singly or combined), and need to be aged for a minimum of three years in utilized oak casks.

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