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How Much Do You Actually Know About Whiskey?

Ice or nah?

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    Ireland
    Scotland
    England
    US
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Whisky is made primarily in Scotland. If you're drinking whiskey, it probably comes from Ireland or the US.

  2. Bourbon is made from at least 51% corn
    Bourbon is made only in Scotland
    Bourbon uses hops for antibacterial reasons
    There's a difference?
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Bourbon is whiskey that's been brewed in the US, made from 51% corn, and aged in new charred oak barrels for at least two years.

  3. It loves America
    It must be above 80% ABV
    It must be aged for at least one year
    It must contain at least a 51% rye mash
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    By law, American ryes must contain a 51% rye mash, while Canadian ryes can be made with less.

  4. A whisky with several malts
    A whisky made in many distilleries
    A whisky made from a single malt that has been ground in a blender
    A whisky that contains malt and grain whisky
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Grain whisky is added as a filler, since it's cheaper to produce.

  5. The product of a specific drying method
    A drink containing milk
    Grain that's been sweetened with additives
    A plant root extract
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Malt refers to the product left over after a cereal grain has undergone a drying method that allows it to sprout, releasing more sugars. A "single malt whisky" has been made in a single distillery in Scotland.

  6. Pot and kettle
    Pot and column
    Air and grain
    Mash and mush
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Column distillation is also called continuous distillation because column stills can operate 24/7.

  7. Rye
    Canadian whisky
    Bourbon
    Scotch
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Check out this classic mint julep recipe if you want to make your own.

  8. Peat
    Mulch
    Hops
    Charcoal
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Peat is made up of dead organic matter, moss, and decaying vegetation.

  9. Whiskey produced in Japan
    Vodka
    Scammed
    Unaged whiskey
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Typically, whiskey gets its color from the barrels it's aged in.

  10. Bourbon
    Rye
    Scotch
    Irish whiskey
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    While bourbon can be used, rye whiskey is typically considered ideal for a manhattan.

  11. In your stomach
    In a bright area over 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
    In a cool, dry space, away from sunlight
    In a non–air-conditioned space, away from sunlight
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Temperature fluctuations and sunlight can diminish the taste of your whiskey, so it's best to store your bottle in a cool space away from sunlight.

How Much Do You Actually Know About Whiskey?

You drink water exclusively and that's fine. Whiskey isn't for everyone. Stay hydrated!

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Your friends will never call you up for whiskey recs when they're trying to impress a date, but who needs that kind of stress anyway?

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Sure, you enjoy a good whiskey every now and then, but you're not a fanatic. Live your life, there are other beverages out there!

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You're probably a master blender! What are you even doing taking this quiz? You don't need my permission to sip on.

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CORRECTION

Bourbon is made from at least 51% corn and American rye must contain a 51% rye mash. An earlier version of this quiz misstated that they are made with exactly 51%, respectively. Whoops! We were obviously sipping on one too many manhattans when we wrote this.

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