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Spelling of the Irish and American whiskeys. The name is derived from the Gaelic "uisge" (water). Irish trade marks e.g. Old Bushmills, Tullamore. In the U.S., especially the Bourbon Whiskey made from at least 51 per cent corn, wheat and/or rye is favoured, containing at least 40 per cent by volume alcohol (80 U.S.-Proof). Famous brands are Jack Damiel's, Jim Beam, Seagram's. Rarely are pure rye distillates (Rye whiskey), Malt Whisky (from malted barley), Rye Malt whisky (from rye and malt), Wheat Whiskey (from wheat) and Corn Whiskey.

The classification straight is used for a whiskey variety from a single manufacturing process. In opposite, the classification blended means a mixture (blend) of several different types of whiskey even from different destilleries.

While Single Malt whiskey derives only from malted barley, the Irish Pure Pot Still Whiskey derives from a mixture of unmalted and malted barley, whereby the proportion of unmalted barley prevails. The name comes from the copper burning vessels in which the whiskey is triple distilled. Redbreast and Green Spot are the last remaining brands.

For the general production see also whisky.

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