Whiskey — with an e only in America and Japan — has been enjoying a decade-long resurgence in the U.S. and around the world. From the roaring growth of Irish whiskey, led by Jameson, to Johnnie Walker’s $5.3 billion haul in 2014, the world is drinking a whole lot whiskey. There’s never been a better time to be a whiskey drinker, but with so many styles, producers, and rules, it can get confusing quickly for a newcomer. Our helpful cheat sheet is your introduction to the wonderful world of whisk(e)y.
Please note — This is only a guide and as we explain in the cheat sheet, exceptions to these guiding rules happen.