American Whiskey vs Irish Whiskey: What’s the Difference?

With Saint Patrick’s Day quickly approaching, you may be asking yourself the difference between Irish Whiskey and American Whiskey. There is no doubt that both of these whiskeys are delicious, amber spirits. Preference for this spirit will differ person to person. For us, we prefer local American whiskies distilled at our Whiskey Rebellion Trail partner locations because of the varieties offered. 

The main difference between American and Irish whiskies is their ingredients. Irish Whiskey uses barley while American whiskey is made with corn, rye, or wheat. Another key difference between Irish whiskey and American whiskey is the length of production. Americans seem to be a little less patient than our friends across the pond. The Irish age their whiskey for a minimum of three years to ensure the maximum amount of flavor in their spirit. On the contrary, the Americans want to produce whiskey faster. American whiskey is aged for a minimum of two years which allows the spirit to look newer and clearer. 

Still contemplating which whiskey to purchase? Irish whiskey has a lighter flavor and American whiskey’s offer more variety. Some may argue that if you are looking for a more classic whiskey, Irish whiskey is the way to go.

Learn more about the difference between American Whiskey and Irish Whiskey here.

If you are looking to taste American Whiskey in the mid-atlantic region, check out our Whiskey Rebellion Trail passes!




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