Whisky Knowledge

When Was Scotch Grain Whisky Invented?

April 12, 2014
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Grain whisky has been put on the agrnda by industry giants. But its history is far from well-known.

The Scotch Whisky Distillery Timeline

September 1, 2013

When compiling the data for the Periodic Table of Scotch Whisky, founding and (if applicable) closing dates of the distilleries were included. Ordering the list by these dates gives you an interesting by-product, a timeline of distillery openings and closures.

Where Does Bottom Shelf Scotch Come From?

April 23, 2013

The Scotch whisky industry is very special in a way. Scotch whisky is a highly regulated produc. But still there is a huge amount of Scotch whisky on the market whose origins are virtually unknown.

A Directory Of Whisky Abbreviations and Jargon

December 20, 2012

Because whisky geeks often use abbreviations that may not always be understandable for less experienced whisky lovers here is a list that also includes a few slang terms for whisky distilleries or brands.

Whisky Myths Debunked #10 – Jack Daniel’s Is Not A Bourbon

December 14, 2012

It is amazing how this myth keeps popping up over and over again. Actually it is not restricted to Jack Daniel’s but this it is by far the most prominent example of a falsely alleged non-bourbon.

Did You Know? US Whisky Does Not Have To Be Matured In Casks

August 25, 2012
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One of the lesser known pleasures of a whisky blogger who takes his thing seriously is diving into the legalese of whisky laws and regulations.

The Magic Copper Cauldron

August 4, 2012
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A closer look at pot still whisky distillation.

Whisky Myths Debunked #9 – The 1800 Litre Minimum Still Size For Scotch

July 25, 2012
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For centuries it has ben regarded as something like an iron law that Scotch whisky had to be distilled in stills of a minimum capacity of 400 gallons or later 1800 litres. Not!

A Peek Into Diageo’s Cask Management

June 26, 2012
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The visit to several Diageo facilities proved to be very insightful with regard to how casks are managed by the company. Here are some interesting facts and observations.

Whisky Myths Debunked #8 – Diageo’s Cling Film Casks

June 17, 2012

In 2008 there was a slightly disturbing news about Diageo trying to use cling film wrapped around whisky casks to stop evaporation. Time to tackle this.

Whisky Myths Debunked #7 – Older Is Better

March 22, 2012
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Especially beginners tend to draw a 1:1 correlation between age and expected quality of a whisky. After all, older whisky generally is more expensive than young one. But is this really true?

What Is The Fair Price Of Whisky?

March 16, 2012

Many whisky lovers complain that the prices for their favourite tipple are often too high, and I myself have joined this choir on various occasions. But to know if a price is too high we must first know what price is fair.

Caramel in Whisky – Demystifying a Demon

February 16, 2012
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Few things are as controversial in the whisky world as caramel colouring. But facts and fictions about caramel mix up at times. Time to have a closer look at that unloved substance.

How Much Is A Dram Now Anyway?

February 15, 2012
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One of the first things any aspiring maltheads learn is that whisky is drunk by the dram, the act of doing this being aptly named dramming. They will soon find out that the dram is an immensely flexible unit of measure.

10 Essential Scotch Whiskies Everybody Should Have Tried

June 17, 2011
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Yesterday’s 10 Essential Things About Scotch Whisky Everybody Should Know was the theory. Here comes the practice.

10 Essential Things About Scotch Whisky Everybody Should Know

June 16, 2011
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Here is the basic knowledge you need to find your way around in the world of Scotch whisky, divided into ten categories.

How To Tell If Your Whisky Is Chill-Filtered

May 15, 2011
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Have you ever noticed a coloured residue in your empty glass the next day? Sometimes, especially with cask strength whisky, there can be a rather thick layer of goo at the bottom of the glass. Now what could this be?

Whisky Myths Debunked #6 – Scotland Has Lots Of Distilleries

February 23, 2011

This debunking is a bit unusual, I have to admit. It is not about whisky itself at all but rather about the perception of the Scotch whisky industry in relation to other spirit producing nations.

A Closer Look at the Middle Cut

December 30, 2010
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In whisky making there are many parameters that influence the final product. One of the most important is the decision of the distiller when to switch from foreshot to the middle cut and then to the feints.

Whisky Myths Debunked #5 – Scotch is Smoky

September 14, 2010
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In many articles about whisky you can find statements like “The difference between Scotch an bourbon is that Scotch tastes smoky”. This is a generalization that is simply not correct.