Whiskey is a spirit that is distilled from fermented grain mash, just as brandy is distilled from fermented fruit mash or fruit juice, and tequila from fermented agave juice. Although grain distillation dates back millennia, whiskey production rose to prominence in Renaissance Europe, especially the British Isles, where grains and beer were more accessible than grapes and wine, and then to colonial America. Accordingly, Ireland and Scotland—as well as Canada, Kentucky and Tennessee—are known for distinctive varieties of whiskey. Premium, aged whiskies are often consumed neat, over ice if desired.
These terms commonly appear on whiskey labels. For more information, please ask that staff at your Virginia ABC store.
The term "whiskey" is derived in English from the Gaelic or Scottish term "uisge beatha," which means water of life.
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