Made from fermented mash of grain; SYN. whisky.
A strong alcoholic beverage made from a fermented mash of various cereals: Scotch whiskey from malted barley; Irish whiskey usually from barley, and North American whiskey and bourbon from rye and corn. Scotch and other whiskeys are usually blended; pure malt whiskeys are more expensive. Whiskey is generally aged in wooden casks for 4–12 years.
The earliest written record of whiskey comes from Scotland 1494 but the art of distillation is thought to have been known before this time.