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Whisky 101

A beginner's guide to the world of whisky.

Whisky (also spelt whiskey) is a type of distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grains such as barley, corn, rye, or wheat. The grains are first mashed and then fermented with yeast, which converts the sugars in the grains into alcohol. The resulting liquid, known as a wash, is then distilled to create whisky.

Whisky is typically aged in oak barrels, which can impart flavour and colour to the spirit. The length of time the whisky is aged can vary, but most whiskies are aged for at least three years. The ageing process can also give the whisky a smoother, more complex flavour profile.

There are many different types of whisky, each with its own unique flavour and characteristics. Some of the most popular types of whisky include:

Scotch whisky

Made in Scotland, Scotch whisky is typically made from malted barley and aged for at least three years. It is often described as having a smoky, peaty flavour.

The Big Smoke in Terminal 2 is serving a delicious BBQ glazed pulled pork burger with Monkey Shoulder BBQ sauce. Or wet your whistle with a glass of Lazy Old-Fashioned with a meausure of tasty Scotch whisky.

Bourbon whiskey

Made in the United States, bourbon whiskey is made from at least 51% corn and aged in new, charred oak barrels. It is often described as having a sweet, caramel flavour.

If you would like to indulge in some bourbon whisky before your flight, then enjoy a delicious glass of Maker’s Mark whisky at Spuntino in Terminal 3.

Irish whiskey

Made in Ireland, Irish whiskey is typically made from a mixture of malted and unmalted barley and aged for at least three years. It is often described as having a smooth, light flavour.

The Curator in Terminal 3 has the age-old Irish whiskey, Jameson on sale for anyone wanting to cheers their travels before they set off.  

Canadian whisky

Made in Canada, Canadian whisky is typically made from a mixture of grains, including corn, rye, wheat, and barley. It is often described as having a light, smooth flavour.

Japanese whisky

Made in Japan, Japanese whisky is often modelled after Scotch whisky and is known for its smooth, refined flavour.

When it comes to enjoying whisky, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, it's important to choose the right glass. A tulip-shaped glass is often recommended, as it allows you to fully appreciate the aroma of the whisky. Next, you may want to add a few drops of water to your whisky to help release some of the flavours and aromas. Finally, take your time sipping and savouring the whisky, and don't be afraid to experiment with different types and flavours to find the one that suits your tastes best.


The Curator

Have it your way Jameson’s



Have it your way Maker’s Mark


The Prince of Wales

Have it your way Glenmorangie 10-year-old