Oftentimes when someone is approaching a project like a website, book, etc., they begin with a chart. In reality, more often than not, that chart is really the beginnings of a taxonomy. Even if the subject isn’t scientific or technical, taxonomies help you understand a topic better. This interesting topic came to us from the Buffalo News in their article, “Expert tips on where to start with whiskey.”

This is true for whiskey. Even the professionals know… “The best place to start is to find a whiskey taxonomy chart. Understand what whiskey is as a category. Then learn the sub-categories, like Scotch, Bourbon, Rye, Canadian, etc. Next, tackle the production methods, like what makes a bourbon a straight bourbon versus just bourbon or the difference between a single malt Scotch and blended Scotch. Get tasting and take notes.” – Bobby Finan, Tommyrotter Distillery

Our own Bob Kasenchak pontificated about the variations and characteristics of whiskey a few years back in the article, “The Semantics of Whisk(e)y.” Beyond brands, Bob broke it down by spelling, regional attributes, history and processing. But at the end of the day, it was just the tip of the iceberg–or in this case, the barrel.

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