Essay On Whiskey

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Whiskey Whiskey is a distilled alcoholic beverage that is created through seven different stages. Whiskey starts out as a form of grain which could be corn, rye, wheat, or barley. The grains are then ground to break through the tough coating of the grain kernel. Grounding of the grain kernels is repeated and then it is malted which takes the raw grains and converts it into malt. The malting process makes it easier to convert the starches within the kernel into fermentable sugars. The malted grains and unmalted grains are then soaked in warm water which turns into “wort”. Yeast is then added to the wort and is transferred into vats or large tanks to ferment. After fermentation, the mix is called beer and then it is distilled and becomes whiskey. The word “whiskey” originates from the ancient Gaelic word uisqebeatha or uisebaugh which translates into “water of life” (Johnston, J., 2003). Whiskey has a vast history and numerous uses throughout different cultures. History Whiskey or whisky was probably created when missionary monks brought over the process of distillation to Ireland some time during the Middle Ages. The monks had been using the process of distillation on herbs, roots, and other botanicals for medicine. Grain was added to the list for medicine as well. Celts in Ireland and Scotland soon converted to Christianity and…show more content…
The folktales and legends of numerous cultures are the only ways to explain some of its origins. The Chinese has a folktale explaining that human beings learned about how to make alcoholic beverages because monkeys would make them. In Roman, Greek, Mayan, and Egyptian cultures, they are seen as gifts from certain deities. Distillation processes were believed to be brought to Europe around 1200 C.E. from the Arabs. Alcoholic beverages were not introduced to America until approximately five hundred years ago when the Europeans arrived (Heath, D.,

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