Smoke Trail: How Peat Smoke Gets Into Whisky

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MOST WHISKY drinkers can detect the presence of peat within a scotch with a single whiff, but the process of how that scent and flavor got there is much more complex.

We’ve broken down the journey from ground to glass into ten steps.

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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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ZAPPER’S FLAVOUR ESSENCE RECIPE: Continuing the Bookers Bourbon Taste Tradition

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Experience-based Flavour Method By Home Distillers Club member "Zapper"

ONE OF the ongoing challenges home distillersface — whether traditional craftsmen or Neutral spirit and essence flavours experts — is to replicate a particular commercial brand taste.

In this case, Facebook Group Home DIstillers Club member "Zapper" has been experimenting to replicate the taste of the now discontinued Bookers Bourbon.

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The Emerging World of American Agave & Sotol Spirits

American Agave Spirits: Peach Street Distillers’ D'Agave line

THE POPULARITY of agave spirits from Mexico is booming here in the United States. As a result, opportunistic distillers have begun producing their own American-made renditions.

But tequila and mezcal have geographic indicators which limit production to certain states in Mexico.

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Is This Really the World’s Oldest Whiskey?

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WHAT IS the oldest bottle of whiskey in existence? According to a recent listing by the folks at Guinness, it’s a bottle of Baker’s Rye, an 1847 Monongahela Rye owned by Los Angeles Whiskey Society founder Adam Herz.

Yes, you read correctly; this whiskey was distilled during the Polk administration.

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