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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Bourbon Balls Aren’t Just for Kentucky

Bourbon balls are easy to make—you don’t even have to turn on the oven. And you can customize them with any whiskey you choose.

BOURBON BALLS have everything going for them—whiskey! chocolate! pecans!—yet they’ve remained a regional delicacy, found mainly in Kentucky, for close to a century. 

But over the past decade or so, hundreds of bourbon distilleries have opened well outside the borders of the Bluegrass State, and the delicious treats are now gaining a foothold world-wide.

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Get it Right: Hot Toddy Perfection

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HOT TODDIES are those drinks you get when you’re cold or when you have a cold,” says Keith Emms. “You want something strong, you want something hot, you want something a little bit spicy.”

That middle one is most essential to Keith, Tastemeister at Global Flavors. “So many times with Hot Toddies you order one and it’s lukewarm.”

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How To Taste Whisky the Right Way

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THIS IS one of our most commonly asked questions – how do I taste whisky properly? The art of tasting whisky can seem confusing but it’s much simpler than you think.

You can read reviews and tasting notes than refer to a whisky having the flavour of this or that, but how do you learn to pick up these characteristics?

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A Short History of Spiced Rum

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HERE IN Australia, when good old Captain Bligh was Governor of England’s southern penal colony, the British Pound may have been the ‘official’ currency, but rum was a much more available and happy resource.

In fact, the Rum Rebellion of 1808 was the only time in Australia’s history a government has been forcibly removed!

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How to Use Chill Filtering for Extra Clarity

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THE SUBJECT of chill filtration is viewed as a negative by some who want the most natural products possible. Another contentious issue is whether chill filtering a whisky effects the taste.

Those against it are convinced that the removal of the natural fatty acids, esters and proteins alters the aroma, flavour and characteristics and leaves you with a diluted product.

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6 Top-Shelf Mixers to Complement Your Whisky

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WE ALL welcome that rare guest who’s able to happily mingle with others. Likewise, a whisky mixer with personality really enlivens an evening compared to yet another dull soda or ho-hum ginger ale.

These sodas and cocktail ingredients are so tasty and original they might end up being the life of your whisky party.

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