How to Taste Spice Flavors in Whisky

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JUST AS spices transform the act of eating from functional to pleasurable, spice flavors can enliven whisky. Baking spices in particular evoke holiday scents wafting from the kitchen, and the sensations of fresh pastries served warm from the bakery.

The impression of baking spices— we’re talking mainly about cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise, clove, and allspice—adds warmth, color, and complexity to the aroma and flavor of whisky.

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BEGINNERS’ GEMS #7: Keeping it Clean

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IN THIS BEGINNER'S Gems for Home Distillers, we discuss cleaning issues for your equipment.

Our previous Beginners’ Gems posts containing helpful hints, tips and techniques for home distillers, include the following:

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Why Scotch Distillers Are Playing with Yeast

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Depths of possibility: Different yeast strains are opening up a world of flavour in whisky-making (Photo: Jim Beam)

YEAST IS one of the three ingredients used to make Scotch whisky, yet its flavour-creating abilities have been underrated for decades.

Gavin D. Smith explores how distillers are now playing with uncommon strains to generate exciting new flavours.

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Understanding Sizes of Oak Casks

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HOW BIG is a barrel? Or a hogshead, or a butt? Casks play a big part in the making of some of the most famous wines and spirits in the world, but navigating what they are can be confusing.

With many different types and sizes in use, each with its own name, how can you tell your hogsheads from your puncheons?

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NEW & EXCLUSIVE: 250ml DOUBLE STRENGTH Liquid Toasted Oak Smoke for Home Distillers

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IT TOOK some doing, but Global Flavors Tastemeister Keith Emms has finally sourced and developed an outstanding world-class liquid smoke – Global Flavors 250ml DOUBLE STRENGTH Liquid Toasted Oak Smoke for Home Distillers.

Following the successful combo of Global Flavors’ Genuine USA Toasted Premium Oak Chips  and their Liquid Oak Premium Oak Extract for Bourbon & Scotch, Keith decided it was time to add a truly premium liquid smoke to the range.

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