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An alcoholic spirit distilled from fermented cereal grains - chiefly barley, rye and maize. Known as whisky in Scotland, and whiskey in Ireland and the U.S.A. Before the First World War, Ireland was easily the world's largest producer of the drink - Scotland and the U.S.A. both being late commercial starters. Both words are derived from the Gaelic 'usquebaugh'.

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