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Nerd Style Whisky Knowledge, Est. 2015

Caramel in Whisk(e)y? What is Caramel colouring anyway?!

What is the Caramel colouring in Whisky? Why is there caramel colouring in Whisky? anyways? You always hear about the E150a in Scotch. Is E150a a Caramel colouring? What is the Caramel Colouring in Whisky? The answer to this questions... Continue Reading →

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How do we smell and taste whisky?

I have been looking for some actual science that explains how we smell and taste whisky. How do whisky-chemicals interact with you brain.? I say brain because your brain is the end point. ps: if you replace whisky by whiskey,... Continue Reading →

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OCTOMORE OBA CONCEPT OBA/C_0.1, first tasting notes

I was reminding the Feis Ile 2016 Masterclass when Octomore Black Art was first presented. If you missed the introduction you can look at it here If you have not seen the introduction. Please take 10 minutes to watch the... Continue Reading →

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The “Terroir of a Whisky Cask” ?…

So a while back I wrote about the "Terroir of casks". I wrote:"Should we start speaking about the “terroir of casks” besides the “terroir of barley” and “the provenance of the distillery”?" in a blog explaining that all casks are... Continue Reading →

StarWard Left Field

A while back I had a whisky tasting organised by DRAMTIME. We explored 6 core expressions by the StarWard Distillery from Australia. Photo by me, 2021 The whole lineup was absolutely amazing, but one of the expressions absolutely stood out... Continue Reading →

Waterford Gaia 1.1

I have been exploring Waterford whisky for a while now. Ok, that’s an understatement. I currently own 9 official bottlings, multiple samples and multiple samples of “the funnies”. So currently Waterford is the largest “growth area”, besides Bruichladdich, in my... Continue Reading →

What is “Wrong” with this picture!?

I had nothing to do, so I thought I try out some settings for my new bottle photo studio. I selected a "random" bottle to try and do a bottle shoot. The photo is below. Can you figure out what... Continue Reading →

What Covid-19 has brought my whisky hobby

Since the 13th of march 2020 I have been working from home. I do so to protect my wife, my kids, my family and myself. I was sitting thinking about this and I realised that I had not put down... Continue Reading →

Terroir: Natural Terroir Units / Terron

Terroir is one of those topics in the Whisky industrie which is either considered as a no-brainer or a non-issue. I have been looking into the science behind terroir in whisky for more than two years now and I have... Continue Reading →

Terroir Alert: OMG!

So, I have been looking for some kind of scientific data about Terroir outside the influence of the whisky industry. Out side the influence of the wine industry. Outside the influence of the beer industry. And I think I found... Continue Reading →

Whisky Terroir: Further substantiation of the concept

The concept of "terroir" in whisky has been progressing nicely in the scientific world these past months and years. Where the first papers showing proof of concept were published in 2019 by Arnold et al. [2] further substantiation of the... Continue Reading →

Brexit: Whisky Shipment “issues”

So it is now February 2021. I wanted to let you know some of my personal experiences with ordering whisky from Scotland to the Netherlands Post-Brexit. Up until now the experience of ordering whisky from the UK has been "disappointing",... Continue Reading →

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