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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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Kilchoman Barley and Yeast Exploration

Whenever I find something that I can learn from by experience I normally make an effort. I have been exploring the proven concept of terroir for a while now and it seems only fair that I have a go at... Continue Reading →

Islay Scotch is the most complex Scotch a study shows

A while back I blogged about the work of Roullier-Gall and Kew in these two blogs. I have read more of Kew's work and have learned so much from it. This blog is not about the earlier... Continue Reading →

Ben, Glen, Loch, More, what does that mean?

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I was reading the Scottish Law on scotch Whisky and in the back of the legal text is a listing of distilleries that are located in Scotland. What I noticed is that lots of distilleries have a name that begins with “Ben”, “Glen”, “Loch” or end with “More”.

Since I’m Dutch I had no clue what those words mean, so to further my own know how I looked it up and asked people for help!


  • Ben Nevis
  • Benriach
  • Benrinnes
  • Benromach

“Ben” or ‘Beinn’ is a common Gaelic word for ‘mountain’.

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  • Glenallachie
  • Glenburgie
  • Glencadam
  • Glendronach
  • Glendullan
  • Glen Elgin
  • Glenfarclas
  • Glenfiddich
  • Glen Garioch
  • Glenglassaugh
  • Glengoyne
  • Glen Grant
  • Glen Keith
  • Glenkinchie
  • Glenlossie
  • Glenmorangie
  • Glen Moray (also known as Glen Moray- Glenlivet)
  • Glen Ord
  • Glen Scotia
  • Glen Spey
  • Glenturret
  • The Glenlivet

A “Glen” is a valley, typically one that is long, deep, and often glacially U-shaped, or…

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How colour develops in Whisky, over time ..

Everyone know colour in whisky comes from the cask! Right? And we are all certain this is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Well a recent study has expanded on this truth. I am not particularly... Continue Reading →


Ever since the COVID-19 pandem I have been preoccupied with that. It started when I went to Italy back in February 9th for work. This was before the travel restrictions were needed or even put in place. Since the first... Continue Reading →

Patent: Ageing Whisky on a plane …..

So I keep track of science stuff related to whisky. One in a while there is a patent that is popping up in my searches. Today a particular interesting patent popped up. Screen capture from patent US 2020/0056133 A1, image... Continue Reading →

Terroir: How Sensory Destructive is Distillation?

"Generally, sensory compounds present in the colorless, unaged whiskies are also present in their barrel aged counterparts. Those sensory compounds are a product of mashing and fermentation and have the stability to withstand the distillation process. Compounds appearing in the barrel aged whiskies, which were not present in the unaged counterparts, are the product of barrel aging. Also, the total number of sensory compounds present in barrel aged whiskies generally increases with residence time spent in barrels."

An Ode to Bruichladdich

People that know my whisky portfolio know I have a serious weak spot for Bruichladdich Whisky. But why is that so? Do other distilleries not offer the same opportunities? Is this all coincidence? The honest answer is that I don’t... Continue Reading →

Brexit effect: UK law on Scotch Whisky in 2020

Well, I wanted to see what the good people of the UK lawmakers are up to after Brexit. In particular what are the UK lawmakers doing to the UK laws that govern the definitions of what makes “Scotch Whisky” Scotch?... Continue Reading →

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