Whisky for beginners

Sylvia Simm | 06. May 2024

What beginners want to know about Whisky!

Here, on our page for beginners, we keep it short and sweet. Whatever topic you want to delve into, you'll find it in our Knowledge section

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What is an entry-level Whisky?

If you have never drunk whisky before, start with an uncomplicated whisky, i.e. it should not be smoky and should not have a very high alcohol content. For example, choose a standard bottling from a well-known distillery. Glenfiddich, as well-known as it is, is pleasant and easy to drink. The ideal whisky for beginners! Search for this whisky in our shop, read the description and watch the tasting video. Below you will find further suggestions under 'Articles with similar flavours'. You can also find further information here:

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The Observatory 20 Years
The Observatory 20 Years
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Irish Mist
Irish Mist
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Glenlivet Founder's Reserve
Glenlivet Founder's Reserve
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Famous Grouse Winter Reserve
Famous Grouse Winter Reserve
1/ l · incl.  VAT
Tullamore D.E.W. Honey
Tullamore D.E.W. Honey
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Jameson - 1 litre
Jameson - 1 litre
1/ l · incl.  VAT
Bombay Gin Sapphire Vapour Infused - 1 litre
Bombay Gin Sapphire Vapour Infused - 1 litre
1/ l · incl.  VAT
Knockando 12 Years
Knockando 12 Years
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Famous Grouse Smoky Black
Famous Grouse Smoky Black
1/ l · incl.  VAT
Bushmills Caribbean Rum Cask Finish
Bushmills Caribbean Rum Cask Finish
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Kilbeggan Black
Kilbeggan Black
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Kinahan's Kasc L.L.
Kinahan's Kasc L.L.
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT

What is Whisky made from?

Grain - Water - Yeast

Whisky is a distillate made from grain! The most important types of grain are barley, rye, corn and wheat. In terms of alcohol content, storage time and ingredients, there are different conditions from country to country.

Find out more here: Production

What types of Whisky are there?

There are different types of Whisky. Each type of Whisky has its own taste and its own production process:

Single Malt Whisky

The origin of single malt lies in Scotland! Single malt is a Whisky made from 100 per cent barley malt that comes from a single distillery. It is aged for at least three years in an oak cask and has an alcohol content of at least 40 per cent by volume. Single stands for: a single distillery. Malt stands for: 100 per cent barley malt. It belongs to the premium segment!

Macallan Sherry Oak 40% (B-Ware) 12 Years
Macallan Sherry Oak 40% (B-Ware) 12 Years
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1770 Glasgow Tokaji Finish Single Cask (B-Ware) 2016/2022
1770 Glasgow Tokaji Finish Single Cask (B-Ware) 2016/2022
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Kilchoman 100% Islay 13th Edition /2023
Kilchoman 100% Islay 13th Edition /2023
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Ballechin Horseman No.2 (B-Ware) 10Y-2013/2023
Ballechin Horseman No.2 (B-Ware) 10Y-2013/2023
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Loch Lomond Marsala Finish - 30 years Whisky.de 10Y-2012/2023
Loch Lomond Marsala Finish - 30 years Whisky.de 10Y-2012/2023
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Glenfarclas Family Casks S22 1993/2022
Glenfarclas Family Casks S22 1993/2022
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Glen Scotia Tawny Port Cask Strength 'Whisky.de exklusiv' (B-Ware) 2015/2022
Glen Scotia Tawny Port Cask Strength 'Whisky.de exklusiv' (B-Ware) 2015/2022
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Loch Lomond 18 Years
Loch Lomond 18 Years
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Unnamed Islay (B-goods) 1992/2021
Unnamed Islay (B-goods) 1992/2021
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Glen Garioch (Angus) - The Thanes - Macbeth Collection Act One 31Y-1992/2023
Glen Garioch (Angus) - The Thanes - Macbeth Collection Act One 31Y-1992/2023
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Glen Scotia Single Cask - Ruby Port (B-Ware) 2015/2022
Glen Scotia Single Cask - Ruby Port (B-Ware) 2015/2022
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Bladnoch 19Y-/2023
Bladnoch 19Y-/2023
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT

Blended Whisky

Blended whisky is a mixture of different whiskies that are blended together. The basis here is industrially produced grain Whisky. This is cheaper to produce than a single malt Whisky. The grain is not malted and is distilled in a continuous still. However, depending on the proportion of malt in the blend, there are very high-quality blended Whiskies. The art of the blendmaster is to create a consistent flavour.

McCallum of the Isles - Rum Finish /2018
McCallum of the Isles - Rum Finish /2018
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Hazelwood without outer packaging 18 Years
Hazelwood without outer packaging 18 Years
0,5/ l · incl.  VAT
Air Leth with damaged outer packaging 29Y-1988/2018
Air Leth with damaged outer packaging 29Y-1988/2018
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Famous Grouse without outer packaging
Famous Grouse without outer packaging
1/ l · incl.  VAT
Yula without outer packaging 21 Years
Yula without outer packaging 21 Years
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Johnnie Walker Blenders' Batch Red Rye
Johnnie Walker Blenders' Batch Red Rye
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Bùrn Taobh 26Y-1991/2018
Bùrn Taobh 26Y-1991/2018
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Johnnie Walker Blue Label without outer packaging
Johnnie Walker Blue Label without outer packaging
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Coinnich II 21Y-1996/2018
Coinnich II 21Y-1996/2018
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Lakes Distillery Steel Bonnets without outer packaging
Lakes Distillery Steel Bonnets without outer packaging
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Johnnie Walker Green Label without outer packaging 15 Years
Johnnie Walker Green Label without outer packaging 15 Years
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT

Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon whiskey is an American whiskey that was originally distilled exclusively in Kentucky. The grain mixture must contain at least 51 per cent corn. It also usually contains rye and barley. Bourbon must be stored for at least two years in new American white oak barrels. The flavour of vanilla is typical of bourbon.

Milam & Greene Single Barrel
Milam & Greene Single Barrel
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Garrison Brothers Balmorhea /2023
Garrison Brothers Balmorhea /2023
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Ezra Brooks
Ezra Brooks
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof 12 Years
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof 12 Years
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Gun Fighter Bourbon Rum Finish (B-Ware)
Gun Fighter Bourbon Rum Finish (B-Ware)
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Bakers 107 Proof (B-Ware) 7 Years
Bakers 107 Proof (B-Ware) 7 Years
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Legent
Legent
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Larceny
Larceny
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Bulleit Bourbon (B-Ware)
Bulleit Bourbon (B-Ware)
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Maker's Mark (B-Ware)
Maker's Mark (B-Ware)
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Very Old Barton 100 Proof Bourbon
Very Old Barton 100 Proof Bourbon
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Rabbit Hole Cavehill Bourbon
Rabbit Hole Cavehill Bourbon
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT

Tennessee Whiskey

A bourbon Tennessee Whiskey is subject to the same requirements as a bourbon from Kentucky. However, it must have been produced in Tennessee and undergone filtration over charcoal. The best-known representative is Jack Daniel's

Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 - Mailbox
Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 - Mailbox
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George Dickel Hand Selected Barrel 9 Years
George Dickel Hand Selected Barrel 9 Years
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Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 - Guitar case
Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 - Guitar case
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Jack Daniel's Single Barrel with Tumbler (B-Ware)
Jack Daniel's Single Barrel with Tumbler (B-Ware)
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 - Mailbox (B-Ware)
Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 - Mailbox (B-Ware)
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Jack Daniel's Single Barrel with Tumbler
Jack Daniel's Single Barrel with Tumbler
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 McLaren Edition 2023 (B-Ware)
Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 McLaren Edition 2023 (B-Ware)
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Jack Daniel's No. 27 Gold
Jack Daniel's No. 27 Gold
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 - Metal Box (B-Ware)
Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 - Metal Box (B-Ware)
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 - Legacy Edition No. 3 (B-Ware)
Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 - Legacy Edition No. 3 (B-Ware)
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Jack Daniel's Old No. 7
Jack Daniel's Old No. 7
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Jack Daniel's Single Barrel - Barrel Strength (B-Goods) /2023
Jack Daniel's Single Barrel - Barrel Strength (B-Goods) /2023
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT

Rye Whiskey

Rye Whiskey consists of at least 51 per cent rye. It is characterised by a strong, spicy flavour. The two main producing countries are the USA and Canada

Old Overholt (B-Ware)
Old Overholt (B-Ware)
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WhistlePig Small Batch Rye 10 Years
WhistlePig Small Batch Rye 10 Years
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Pikesville Straight Rye 110 Proof (B-Ware)
Pikesville Straight Rye 110 Proof (B-Ware)
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Jim Beam Rye (B-Ware)
Jim Beam Rye (B-Ware)
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Jack Daniel's Bonded Rye
Jack Daniel's Bonded Rye
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
James Oliver Bootlegger's Special
James Oliver Bootlegger's Special
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Bulleit 95 Rye
Bulleit 95 Rye
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Jack Daniel's Rye (B-Ware)
Jack Daniel's Rye (B-Ware)
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Pikesville Straight Rye 110 Proof
Pikesville Straight Rye 110 Proof
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
WhistlePig Estate Oak Rye 15 Years
WhistlePig Estate Oak Rye 15 Years
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Balcones Eclipse Texas Straight Rye
Balcones Eclipse Texas Straight Rye
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Yellow Rose Rye
Yellow Rose Rye
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT

Pot still Whiskey

A pot still Whiskey is made from malted and unmalted barley in a pot still. It is only available in Ireland.

Redbreast Cask Strength (B-Goods) 12Y-/2023
Redbreast Cask Strength (B-Goods) 12Y-/2023
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Yellow Spot 12 Years
Yellow Spot 12 Years
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Green Spot Château Montelena (B-Ware)
Green Spot Château Montelena (B-Ware)
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Redbreast Cask Strength (B-Ware) 12Y-/2021
Redbreast Cask Strength (B-Ware) 12Y-/2021
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Yellow Spot (B-Ware) 12 Years
Yellow Spot (B-Ware) 12 Years
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Green Spot (B-Ware)
Green Spot (B-Ware)
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Redbreast 12 Years
Redbreast 12 Years
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Kilbeggan Single Pot Still
Kilbeggan Single Pot Still
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Teeling Loupiac Edition /2022
Teeling Loupiac Edition /2022
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Redbreast Bird Feeder (B-Ware) 12 Years
Redbreast Bird Feeder (B-Ware) 12 Years
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Green Spot Château Léoville Barton (B-Ware)
Green Spot Château Léoville Barton (B-Ware)
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Dingle Single Pot Still Batch 5 (B-Ware)
Dingle Single Pot Still Batch 5 (B-Ware)
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT

Grain Whisky

It is made from different types of grain. The most common varieties are wheat and corn. It has a light and mild flavour and is mainly distilled in column stills for Blended Whisky production.

The Observatory 20 Years
The Observatory 20 Years
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Loch Lomond Single Grain
Loch Lomond Single Grain
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Cameronbridge 13Y-2010/2023
Cameronbridge 13Y-2010/2023
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Loch Lomond Cooper's Collection Spanish Oak Cask Finish /2024
Loch Lomond Cooper's Collection Spanish Oak Cask Finish /2024
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Greign (B-goods) 20 Years
Greign (B-goods) 20 Years
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Loch Lomond Single Grain Peated
Loch Lomond Single Grain Peated
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Cambus (B-goods) 30Y-1991/2022
Cambus (B-goods) 30Y-1991/2022
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Girvan (B-Ware) 10Y-2010/2021
Girvan (B-Ware) 10Y-2010/2021
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
North British Select Grain (B-goods) 13Y-2009
North British Select Grain (B-goods) 13Y-2009
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Invergordon Select Grain 15Y-2007/2023
Invergordon Select Grain 15Y-2007/2023
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Inchdairnie RyeLaw Fife Single Grain 2017/2022
Inchdairnie RyeLaw Fife Single Grain 2017/2022
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Cambus Refill Oloroso Butt Cask Strength Collection 31Y-1991/2023
Cambus Refill Oloroso Butt Cask Strength Collection 31Y-1991/2023
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT

Other types of Whisky

There are also variants of the above, such as Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Corn Whisky, Single Rye or Single Grain, Single Pot Still and not forgetting whiskies from other countries around the world, whose production is subject to different legal regulations.

Woodford Reserve Wheat
Woodford Reserve Wheat
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Balcones Texas Single Malt
Balcones Texas Single Malt
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Virginia Black
Virginia Black
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Georgia Moon Corn Whiskey
Georgia Moon Corn Whiskey
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Clyde May's
Clyde May's
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Westward Single Cask 'Whisky.de exclusive' (B-ware) /2021
Westward Single Cask 'Whisky.de exclusive' (B-ware) /2021
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Widow Jane Rye Mash - Oak & Applewood Aged
Widow Jane Rye Mash - Oak & Applewood Aged
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Howler Head Bourbon Spirit
Howler Head Bourbon Spirit
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Balcones Baby Blue
Balcones Baby Blue
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Platte Valley Straight Corn Whiskey
Platte Valley Straight Corn Whiskey
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Hirsch Selection American Whiskey 20Y-1987
Hirsch Selection American Whiskey 20Y-1987
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Platte Valley Straight Corn Whiskey 0.2 litre
Platte Valley Straight Corn Whiskey 0.2 litre
0,2/ l · incl.  VAT

How does Whisky taste

As we all know, taste is a matter of taste! Have you ever heard of it?

We can perceive five tastes. They are: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami. From these and from our memory, we construct what we taste. A so-called Nosing Wheel gives you an overview of how you can name tastes. You can find everything else about taste in great detail here!

 

How do you drink Whisky?

Pure or with a little water. On ice or in a mixed drink. In a style glass or in a tumbler. Taste it for yourself! Here you will find everything on the subject of tasting!

How much does Whisky cost?

Whisky is available in the supermarket for under 10 euros. The whiskies we have selected start at 25 euros. Take a look around our shop! You have the option of sorting by price.

How is Whisky made?

Grain is malted, dried, ground, then mashed, fermented and finally distilled. The distillate is put into barrels and matured there.

What does malting mean?
How does drying work?
Where is malting done?
How is mashing done?
What happens during fermentation?
How is it distilled?
How long is the whisky stored?

We answer all these questions here in great detail!

How long has Whisky been around?

The origins of Whisky date back to 1494, when it was first mentioned in Scotland. In 1608, the first distillery in Ireland, Bushmills, was recorded. At the end of the 18th century, the first blends were created and in the 1960s Glenfiddich brought the first single malt onto the market. You are welcome to delve further into the history of Whisky!

More knowledge?

What does the information on the label of a bottle mean? We have compiled these and many other questions and answers as well as helpful tips for you in our Informative section.

Exchange with like-minded people

Do you like to be active? Then join the large whisky community. In the forum you can ask questions and share your experiences with other connoisseurs. In the blog you can find out news from the Whisky world.

Use our shop! There you will find informative taste descriptions and tasting videos for the Whiskies, as well as taste ratings from our customers. These will help you to find the right whisky.

Perhaps a Whisky tasting would be something for you?

FAQ - frequently asked questions

Here we have compiled typical questions about whisky and the ordering process in the shop. Take a look!

Conclusion

It is a long way to become a whisky connoisseur - but the way there is full of pleasure!

We hope that our whisky portal will provide you with a wonderful introduction to the world of whisky and hope you enjoy tasting it.

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Sylvia Simm is an experienced employee of Whisky.de. After more than 20 years in online sales and service, she supports the company with her extensive whisky knowledge in marketing. As online editor and content manager, she is responsible for editing and updating the texts on the knowledge pages.

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