Whisky

Regardless of what spelling you use (whisky vs. whiskey), generally, whisky is a spirit made from fermented grain mash. The specific grain used, such as rye, wheat, barley or corn, depends on the final variety. Each type completely differs from the next because every country's regulations shape the production process. Scotch must be aged for a minimum of three years in oak barrels, while U.S. bourbon is required to contain at least 51 percent corn and is aged in charred, new oak barrels. With all the rules, varieties and classifications, navigating the vast, complex world of whisky (and whiskey) can be difficult. Food & Wine's guide helps you discover more about what you're drinking with easy-to-understand information and delicious recipes.

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Bourbon-Tea Julep

Tannins from black tea add a beautiful hint of bitterness to Alexander’s twist on a classic mint julep. Oleo saccharum, also known as citrus oil, is made here by steeping lemon peels in sugar; its bright flavor is the perfect lift to finish each sip.

Northern Standard

This drink is even better a Manhattan, thanks to three different bitter elements. Created by mixologist James Ives, the Northern Standard is a full-flavored cocktail that uses Knob Creek rye aged in charred barrels to balance out the richness of Carpano. Equally strong as it is smooth.

The Smallest Whisky Bar on Earth Is as Magical as It Sounds

Nestled in an Alpine village, the tiny space has five stools and hundreds of the world's best whiskies.

People Sleep in Tents for a Chance to Buy This Rare Whiskey

The annual release of Snowflake whiskey from Denver distillery Stranahan’s draws hundreds of loyal fans.

Big-Batch Rye Sours

Hibiscus flowers, curaçao, and lemon juice bring bright and refreshing floral notes to this rye-based cocktail.

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Wine and cheese pairings get all the love—it’s time to switch it up.

The Best Juleps for Your Derby Party

More than 127,000 juleps are served at the Kentucky Derby each year. You can make at least one.