Whisky 101: The Five Different Types of Whisky

20-10-2017 By Whizzky Staff Writer

Single Grain - this is a whisky where the main ingredient is a grain such as maize or wheat e.g. Bains Cape Mountain Whisky.

Blended Grain - this is a combination of single grain whiskies from more than 1 distillery. Compass Box Hedonism is a blended grain whisky.

Blend - a blend or blended whisky is a whisky made from combining single grain and single malt whiskies e.g. Johnny Walker Black is made from a combination of about 40 whiskies.

Single Malt - a single malt is a whisky that has been made from one distillery without any product from other distilleries. It is also make from 100% barley e.g. The Glenlivet Founder’s 12 Year Old

Blended Malt - this is a combination of single malt whiskies from more than 1 distillery, no grains allowed in blended malt. E.g. Chivas Ultis is a blend of five Speyside malts – Allt a'Bhainne, Braeval, Longmorn, Strathisla and Tormore.

Still confused? Check out Bernad Gutman explain the different types of whiskies here:

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