Whisky Knowledge

Why Cheap Whisky Cannot Be Good

August 25, 2010
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Let’s take a closer look at cheap whisky. I don’t mean Jonnie Walker or Ballantine’s but the really cheap bottles you find on the bottom shelf of your local supermarket selling for single-digit prices.

Whisky Myths Debunked #4 – Single Casks Rule

August 15, 2010
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For many afficionados, the ultimate way of enjoying their whisky is from single cask bottlings. But we have to keep in mind that no two casks are alike, even if they are from the same source and are stored next to each other in the same warehouse.

Whisky Myths Debunked #3 – The Importance of Water

July 7, 2010
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Ever so often I read about the almost mystical influence that water is supposed to have on whisky. But how big an influence can water actually have on the water of life?

Whisky Myths Debunked #2 – The Six Floor Maltings

July 4, 2010
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When you surf the the whisky web or talk to people from a distillery, one factoid constantly keeps popping up: “Distillery X is one of only six distilleries in Scotland that still have their own floor maltings”.

Whisky Collecting – Natural, added value or just a waste of space?

June 30, 2010
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A guest article by Keith Wood of www.whisky-emporium.com

Whisky Myths Debunked #1 – The Purity of Single Malt

June 16, 2010
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Single malt Scotch whisky is regarded by many as being superior to blended whisky. This is largely due to two notions:

The 50 Basic Parameters of Whisky Making

June 1, 2010
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To demonstrate just how many parameters there are that can be tweaked when making whisky, I have compiled this list.

Learning from Kirschwasser – A New Look At Bottle Aging

March 27, 2010

While recapitulating the recent debate about bottle aging of whisky, something struck me. I have known it for years, but only know I saw the relation to that topic.

Why Old Kirschwasser is Crystal Clear

Does Whisky Age in a Bottle?

March 21, 2010

Just like the issue of whisky with vs. without ice, this question is one that is continuously popping up among whisky lovers. Much has been written about that topic, but still there is much uncertainty and confusion about it. Let me try to shed some light on this.

How to Rate Whisky 3/3: Scoring

November 3, 2009

After having looked at the specifics of nosing and tasting whisky in the second part of this series, let’s now move on to the actual rating process which means applying a score to a whisky.

How to Rate Whisky 2/3: Nosing and Tasting

November 2, 2009

As explained in the first article, it does not make sense just to give a score to a whisky without further explanation. This is why you always should write down tasting notes when you want to rate a whisky.

How to Rate Whisky 1/3: The Philosophy

November 1, 2009

To make it short: Rating a whisky means giving it a score that indicates how well you like it. You can use 1 to 5 stars or a certain range of points or whatever. In the whisky world, a 100 point system is predominant which was adopted from wine rating by Michael Jackson.

Cask Management and Whisky Quality

October 13, 2009
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In my last post about bastard malts I touched the question how difficult it is to recognize the distillery of an undisclosed malt. Taking this thought a step further leads to an interesting conclusion about cask management.

Bastard Malts 2/2 – Do You Really Want to Know?

October 8, 2009

How do we react, when whe drink a malt that we don’t know what distillery it is from?

With the cheap supermarket malts this is not much of a a problem. You get a whisky that is just about drinkable, and it’s not really important to know if it’s from Glen X or Glen Y.

Bastard Malts 1/2 – When You Don’t Know What’s in the Bottle

October 4, 2009

In the last decades, single malt Scotch whisky has gained an ever growing popularity among whisky lovers, mainly because it shows the character of a single distillery, sometimes even from a single cask. This is opposed to blends or blended malts where the master blender tries to create an specific taste by combining whiskies from different distilleries.

6 Tips for a Successful Whisky Tasting

August 20, 2009
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When you plan to invite some friends to a whisky tasting there are quite a few things that should be considered. And there are some pitfalls you should avoid.

Anorak question: Influence of the still size ?

August 17, 2009

Now here is a question that has been buzzing in my head for a while, and I have not found a statisfying answer to it yet.

We know that the shape of a pot still has a lot of influence on the distilled spirit.

Whisky and Vodka – Two Distant Relatives

August 10, 2009

Many people do not realize that whisky and vodka are actually two different sides of the same coin. In a way they are completely different, but both are made from grain – if you don’t take into account some weird vodka varieties made from potatoes or even molasses.

5 Essential Whisky Websites

July 30, 2009

This is small and subjective selection of websites that I think are improtant for whisky lovers. Of course there are a lot more of interesting sites out there, but this is what I regard as essential, if you have more than a causal interest in whisky.

Whisky Basics 4/4 – Maturation

July 25, 2009
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1. How whisky is stored

After distillation, whisky is filled into wooden barrels and left there to mature for several years. Some countries have specific legislation about whisky storage, especially the traditional whisky producers like Scotland or the USA.