Types of whiskey

I’m working on a new type of whiskey chart based not on country of origin, but on the mash bill. Currently, many whiskey infographics confuse what a whiskey is made of, with where it is made. For instance, some diagrams contain a box called “Rye” (based on the mash bill), but also a box called “Irish whiskey” or “Scotch”, which actually tell us the geographical origin.

I’ve never found an infographic based solely on content. What you see here of course is just a quick, rough draft. After this chart is improved, I’ll need help from an actual graphic artist in making a visually appealing infographic.

Whiskey terminology and laws vary from nation to nation. This chart only means to show basic varieties by mash bill

Constructive feedback is appreciated. But please don’t say that “Scotch” isn’t listed; “Scotch” is just whiskey made in Scotland, from mash bills. This chart should show any kind of whiskey actually produced in Scotland (and if one is missing, please let me know,)

This diagram currently doesn’t show blends of whiskey. That may be added to future versions. It also deliberately will not show whiskey blended with other spirits (the infamous “American blended whiskey category.) Also, as the graphic indicates, it only covers whiskeys aged for a minimum of 2 years. Anything younger isn’t covered.

types_of_whiskey 7 26 2017


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