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Water does not “open up” a Whisky!?

A 2018 study by Ickes et. al. published in the Journal "Food Science & Nutrition" investigated if the adding of water to a distillate changes the flavour profile of said distillate. And guess what, it does not! The study was... Continue Reading →

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How to (not) have a proper Whisky / Wine tasting!

In this blog I explain to myself how I should organise a proper whisky / wine tasting! What are the "do's" and what are the "don'ts"? What environment should I be in? How can I prevent bias during a whisky... Continue Reading →

#RSWFW: C: Grassy, 1. Fresh, Green Banana

In the Revised Scottish Whisky Flavour Wheel the congener of "banana" is mentioned twice. Ones in the "Grassy, Fresh" section and ones in the "Fruity, Tropical" section. I decided to combine the two congeners into two blog entries with the... Continue Reading →

A banana smell is hard to pin down…

I have been reading about what gives the smell and taste of a "green banana" for an upcomming blog about a whisky congener. It seems that "Green Banana" is a congener on the Revised Scotish Whisky Flavour Wheel. The "problem"... Continue Reading →

#RSWFW: C: Grassy, 1. Fresh, Flower Stem

I have decided not to write a blog about the "Flower Stem" tasting note which can be found on the Revised Scottish Whisky Flavour Wheel. Why? Because I have found only one tasting note that even mentions this note. And... Continue Reading →

#RSWFW: C: Grassy, 1. Fresh, Wet Cut Grass

The Grassy, Fresh section of the Revised Scottish Whisky Flavour Wheel mentions "Wet Cut Grass" as a congener. Since grass is basically a leaf please also read the "leafy" section of this congeners page first. The kind people of the... Continue Reading →

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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#RSWFW: C: Grassy, 1. Fresh, Leafy

I have been putting of writing a blog about the Congener of "Leafy" is the Fresh Section of the Grassy Group. Why? Because I thought that "Leafy" is about as specific as describing your BMW 7 series as a "Car".... Continue Reading →

Adding Ethanol alcohol to Whisky

What happens to a dram if you do not add water, but ethanol alcohol? I wanted to find out and I used Compass Box Spice Tree for this little experiment. Compass Box Spice Tree is a beautiful whisky all by... Continue Reading →

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