Which is better, Irish Whiskey or Scotch? That's up to the drinker, but let's explore what makes Irish Whiskey different from Scotch.

The first difference is that Irish whiskey is generally distilled three times, making it smoother, though that's not required. Scotch is only distilled twice.

The second big difference between Irish Whiskey and Scotch is during the drying of the malted barley.

In Irish whiskey, modern producers don't generally let the peat smoke from the drying fire come in contact with the barley. This prevents Irish whiskey from developing a peat-smoke flavor.

On the other hand, with Scotch, the peat smoke is allowed to come in contact with the grain when helps give the spirit its trademark (but not required) smokiness.

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