Term (also whiskey) for a spirit obtained from fermented grain mash and matured in wooden barrels. The origin lies in Scotland or Ireland. The name, first mentioned in 1736, is derived from the Scottish Gaelic "uisge beatha", or from the Irish "uisce beatha" and means "water of life". Whisky is made from various types of grain such as barley (always included), rye, corn or wheat through fermentation and distillation.
What they all have in common is that they are matured for years in wooden barrels of different types and sizes. US products mature almost exclusively in new, toasted barrels made of American white oak. European products with a dark colour are often matured in casks in which sherry or port wine was previously stored. Used American casks are used for light-coloured whiskies. Whisky is a popular ingredient in many cocktails, including Manhattan.
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