Whisky in a tumbler in front of barley stalks

“Whisky is liquid sunshine.”

George Bernard Shaw

Technically, whisky is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash; barley, corn, rye, and wheat being the principal grains.

Oh, but if only it were that simple.

But whisky is complicated. Some folks view it as a heavenly concoction that even the angels delight in sharing. While to others, it’s the devil’s brew wreaking havoc on individuals, families, and society. Truth be known, it’s a bit of both. For as the English author Ellis Peters said, “All the things of the wild have their proper uses. Only misuse makes them evil.”

Thus, the primary goal of the Society is to help its members develop a healthy and responsible relationship with whisky. For us, whisky is an experience rich in cultural history, ritual, and tradition. Within every dram there is opportunity for reflection and enlightenment.

So, please join us on our journey. Wherever it leads us, in the end, we think you’ll agree that whisky is so much more than a beverage designed to get you drunk.

Basic Requirements

Whisky is essentially comprised of just three ingredients; grain, water, and yeast. When combined and distilled, they yield a “new make spirit” with alcohol by volume  (ABV) content of around 65%. It is a clear spirit and often referred to as “moonshine” or “white lightning”. But to be considered whisky it must be aged in wooden barrels, most commonly oak barrels. It is during this maturation process that the new spirit absorbs the oils and pigments within the wood giving whisky a distinctive color and flavor profile.

“Everything about bourbon comes from the soil.”

Don Holcomb
Walnut Grove Farms