iLaddie Whisky Nerd

Nerd Style Whisky Knowledge, Est. 2015



What can Wine Grape Terroir teach Barley Terroir?

I was reading an article by Cornelis van Leeuwen and Gerard Sequin called "The Concept of Terroir in Viticulture" [1] in order to understand better what the wine making folks mean with the concept of "terroir". Mind you, I am... Continue Reading →


Whisky and the Dunning-Kruger Effect

The world of Whisky Blogging, Whisky Writing, Whisky Journalism and Whisky Reviewing is just as susceptible to the Dunning-Kruger Effect as any other field of interest. The people that know what the previous sentence means are obviously aware of the... Continue Reading →

Whisky Related Studies: May 2019

April 2019 was an altogether quiet month for the publication of Whisky related studies. Luckily May 2019 was less boring, but only slightly so alas. Whisky Authentication This month yet another Whisky Authentication study was published. This time the method... Continue Reading →

This study explains why “Scotch” is less sweet than “Bourbon”

I keep track of whisky related studies being published in journals and magazines and a publication in Nature Scientific Reports looked interesting. The study investigates how different kinds of wood sugars degrade over time and how they are supposedly transferred... Continue Reading →

EN ISO 5492:2008 Sensory Analysis – Vocabulary

In multiple blogpost about how to make proper tasting notes I mentioned the use of a harmonised vocabulary to ensure everybody understands one another. For this purpose the ISO standardisation organisation has drawn up a standard that lists exactly that.... Continue Reading →

The Whisky Science Nerd YouTube Channel

I have had a YouTube Channel for some time now and I never really figured out what to do with it. I did some thinking and I decided to make my channel about the Science I need to know to understand Whisky.

#RSWFW: D: Fruity, 1. Solventy, Paint Thinner

Paint Thinner is on the Revised Scottish Whisky Flavour Wheel as a congener in the fruity, solventy section. It is one smell that I do not particularly enjoy on my whisky, but some people seem to love the smell all... Continue Reading →

Thé Phenols in Peaty Whisky are not Phenol!?

March of 2019 was one interesting month for the Peat lovers in the whisky community. A very interesting study, by Henryk et al, 2019 [5], was published that month. The study is meant to identify a method of discriminating between... Continue Reading →

#RSWFW: D: Fruity, 1. Solventy, Nail varnish remover

Apparently whisky can smell like the stuff my wife uses to remove the nail polish she just put on 30 minutes ago, and then she decided the result was no good. She always seems to do this when I am... Continue Reading →

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