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Whisky/whiskey, refers to a broad category of alcoholic beverages that are distilled from fermented grain mash and aged in wooden casks.

The first written record of whisky comes from 1405 in Ireland, where it was distilled by monks. Whisky is also mentioned in Scotland in 1496. However it is thought that whisky had already been around for at least several hundred years prior.

There are two spellings used: Whisky and Whiskey. The spelling "whisky" is used for most whiskys whereas the spelling "whiskey" generally refers to Irish or American whiskey.

Different whisky varieties use different grains, including: barley, malted barley, rye, malted rye, wheat, and maize (corn). Whisky derives from the Gaelic word for "water" (uisce or uisge), and is called in full uisge-beatha (in Scotland) or uisce beatha (Ireland), meaning "Water of Life". It is related to the Latin aqua vitae, also meaning "water of life".


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