There are plenty of books on taste - Pip Hills' "Appreciating Whisky" probably being the most indepth, and of course, MJ and JM have given us tasting notes for just about every whisky.
History? Well, there's a number of books on that front as well.
But how often have we all contributed to these pages saying something like, "I wonder what sort of malt they used?" or "Where did they get their casks from?" or "Would the Lomond stills have contributed to the flavour any differently", etc, etc.
We all know the production process - barley -> malt -> wort -> wash -> new make -> whisky, etc, etc, but what about the nitty gritty of what a distillery ACTUALLY does. What goes on behind the scenes? What decision or action does this distillery do that makes it different to others? That's what I'm interested in!
Admiral wrote:...... but what about the nitty gritty of what a distillery ACTUALLY does. What goes on behind the scenes? What decision or action does this distillery do that makes it different to others? That's what I'm interested in!
I agree. It would also be interesting in finding out more about the politics involved. Why are certain distilleries mothballed/closed etc. Is it the product or the personalities involved? Why are some successful and others not?
I should have added another category to the poll - I realise many folks also like to read about whisky personalities, past and present. I'll go off and try to add it now...
(If it helps, you can refer to Ian as Cyclops - he only has one I).
To get back on-topic - it's currently looking as though the perfect whisky article (for folks on this site) would concentrate on the ways in which a whisky or whiskies are made, with a good dollop of history of the company/distillery concerned. Only a wee bit about taste and the packaging would be required.
But the poll hasn't closed yet...
Edit: Speaking of the potstill, was there last saturday! Unfortunally we arrived late and the bar was all smokey, too smokey to taste any of the whiskies offered...
We had to get up around 6am the following morning as well.. So... Blergh. Well, maybe next time
BTW Ian Logan, you the Ian Logan I met at Aberlour about a week ago? (I think you are, but just checking to make sure I dont make wrong assumptions =))
Jeroen, the difference is apparently that Iain is the Gaelic spelling of Ian (which is itself a version of John, Jan etc etc?). But I'm no expert, and I'd be happy to learn any alternative view (which really would be wandering away off-topic...)
Nick Brown wrote:Iain is the Gaelic spelling and Ian is the English spelling. However, the Gaelic spelling is now used commonly in Scotland (and beyond) by non Gaelic speakers. Both equate to John, Jon, Jan, Ivan, Sean, Sion, Jean, Giovanni, etc.
Actually, most people think Sean is the Irish gaelic for John, but it's actually Eoin.
Reminds me of the childrens programme - I am a story teller, my story...
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