I am still having trouble with this one
Wine can be made with so many different types of grape and also by most other fruits and some veg too
Beer has such a vast range and can also have other things added in from fruit to chocolate and beyond
Whisky can be finished in theory by a cask that has housed any of the above though a lot of the above will not have been kept in a wood barrel
It is all very confusing!
I am still going to enjoy trying as many of the different types of the above as I can though.....
Bearing in mind similiarly alot effects whisky and this is all i can remember just now:
water makes a difference, peat, grain types (similiar to grape), length of mash, fermentation, temperatures, cut-offs, condensors, still shapes, wash, amout of yeast
and of course
length of the maturation, as mention above different casks, age, % of whisky, then for each normal (not single cask) there could be so many casks used, grains, each cask different and each marriage of these casks could produce different results, blends similiarly, % of grain/malt, malts + grains used...etc.etc.etc i could go on
oh and for comparison the number of casks stored by Diageo alone at Blackgrange is roughly 5,000,000
This can be said for other spirits too , just thought id mention it here , apologise if someone has done this before? It seems trivial to mention it on this website but im suprised we dont all have the same biased view that whisky is far superior