Home Distilling Myths: Fact and Fiction

THERE ARE a few myths linked to the ancient practice of distilling your own spirits at home.

These myths can make some people unreasonably scared to give it a go… or it can cause unnecessary stress during the process.

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4 Foolproof Whisky and Honey Cocktails

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The Chai Hot Toddy is a warming blend of rye whiskey, sweet honey, and sultry spice flavors.

FROM CLASSICS like Drambuie — a liqueur of scotch, honey, herbs, and spices — to honey and whisky mash-ups, whisky and honey are the bee’s knees.

“The flavors of honey and whisky, particularly bourbon, were just meant to go together,” says Keith Emms, tastemeister at Global Flavors, purveyors of world class spirit essences.

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Lick This! How to Make Whisky Ice Cream

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MAKING HOMEMADE ice cream is a bit like mixing a cocktail: it’s an easy way to impress, as long as you follow a good recipe.

And like a good cocktail, ice cream can include a kick of whisky, making for a refreshing, delicious spiked frozen treat.

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Here’s Exactly How Much Water to Put in Your Whisky

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SHOULD YOU add water to your whisky? Some scientists say adding water yields a more flavorful whisky, but the amount is a personal choice.

Legendary bourbon distiller Pappy Van Winkle believed 50% ABV (100 proof) was the ideal alcohol concentration for whiskey.

He resisted selling anything at lower proof because, he said, “I see no sense in shipping water all the way around the country.”

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How to Taste Whisky Like a Pro

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Break a whisky tasting down into these five steps to get your drinking buddies thinking analytically before they get too pissed.

MANY OF our home distilling friends get together from time to time to compare each other’s latest results.

Here are the five steps to follow when you’re tasting a whisky.

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Christmas Delivery Deadlines a Bit Longer This Year 2020

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JUST LIKE most of the year 2020 so far, Christmas deliveries for this year will take a little longer, according to Australia Post and Sendle, the country’s two main shipping alternatives.

In a nutshell, if you want your yeast or essences to arrive before December 25, 2020, you need to note the following cut-off deadlines.

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How to Build a Better Burger with Whisky

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BURGERS ARE an Australian summertime barbecue favourite for good reason. They’re simple to make, quick to cook, and represent a beefy blank canvas for creative grillmasters.

Especially when armed with a palette of colorful whisky flavours.

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Getting Your Soda Hard For Summer

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MOST AUSTRALIANS will have never heard of “hard” or “spiked” seltzer, but in the United States this new type of alcoholic beverage is rapidly transforming the drinking habits of Americans.

In Australia seltzer is called soda, and hard seltzer ends up being scotch and sode. Or gin and soda. Or vodka and soda. Pretty much whatever you like, and soda.

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How to Taste Wood Flavors in Whisky

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IT’S NO SECRET that the wood casks or barrels in which whisky ages contribute color, aroma, flavor, and complexity, but it takes practice to sort the oak notes from more obvious cask influences such as spices, caramel, and vanilla.

Know the wood, know the whisky; look for key information on the label to identify subtleties in flavor such as the oak species, coopering methods, filling history, and cask size (barrel being a specific size, different from a hogshead, butt, and others).

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