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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REVIEW: Michter’s Single Barrel Bourbon 10 Years Old 2019

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WHILE MICHTER’S is made from sourced whiskey, there’s nonetheless a certain nostalgia that the company’s 2019 Single Barrel Bourbon is the last bottling that will be released from Master Distiller Pamela Heilmann.

Up next is Master Distiller Dan McKee, whose inaugural bottling is the 2019 release of Michter’s 10 Year Old Rye.

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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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