Irish whiskey is one of the most widely consumed alcoholic drinks globally. Its light, fruity, oaky flavor is beloved by cocktail lovers and whiskey enthusiasts alike.
How Is Irish Whiskey Made?
Irish whiskey is primarily made from water, barley, and a yeast strain called saccharomyces cerevisiae. Barley is used to make most kinds of whiskey because it’s easy to ferment, and it happens to grow in abundance in Ireland.
The barley is first malted, a process of soaking, heating, and kiln-drying that causes the grains to germinate. However, some Irish whiskeys use a combination of malted and unmalted barley. It’s then ground into a coarse powder called “grist,” added to water, then heated to 60 degrees Celsius. The resulting sugary liquid mixture is filtered and introduced to the yeast, resulting in a frothy, beer-like liquid. It’s then distilled