Whiskey origins explained

by Jenna Robinson

Posted on 2019-06-24

Whisky, or whiskey is an extremely popular spirit that is distilled from fermented grain mash. Firstly, you may have seen it spelled both whisky and whiskey, so if you’re confused- here’s the difference. Basically, the Scottish call it ‘whisky’, along with most of the western world, and the Irish spell it ‘whiskey’, with Americans following their lead (due to large groups of Irish immigrants arriving in the US in the 1700s).


The differing whisk(e)y varieties are dependent on the kinds of grains used. Some grains are malted and the options include; barley, corn, rye and wheat. Typically, whisky is aged in wooden casks made from charred oak. Members of the whisky family include; Scotch, Bourbon and Irish Whiskey.


Whisky may now be used in cooking both sweet and savoury, and as a cocktail ingredient, but it started off as a medicinal product used for anaesthetic and externally as an antibiotic ointment. Monks took their distilling techniques to Ireland and Scotland between 1100 and 1300, and due to the difficulty in obtaining wine, barley beer (whisky) became a drink for recreational consumption.


At Tighes Hill Cellars, we’ve spent most of 2019 inciting a Spirit Revolution, as we believe in top-shelf taste. We stock artisan spirits in great abundance and believe that quality is best. If you’re a whisky fan, but would like a cocktail suggestion to try, see below for a great winter warmer from The Spruce Eats.


Original Irish Coffee


Whiskey and coffee are two of the best beverages in the world, so it makes sense to mix them in to one fabulous drink.



4 ounces strong, rich hot coffee

1 1/2 ounce Irish whiskey

2 teaspoons brown sugar

1 ounce lightly whipped heavy cream



  • Have all ingredients ready
  • Pour the sugar into a warm Irish coffee glass, mug, or other heat-proof glass.
  • Add the coffee and stir until dissolved.
  • Add the Irish whiskey and stir again.
  • Float the cream on top by pouring it over the back of a spoon.
  • Do not stir again. Instead, drink the coffee through the cream.


For all your drinking preferences, whether fine wine, craft beer or artisan spirits, make sure you pay us a visit at Tighes Hill Cellars. If you’d rather shop from the convenience of your couch, that’s ok too. Order online here. See you soon!