An acquaintance of mine asked me the other day "Why some Irish whiskey's have a waxy taste. I replied that I wasn't sure however I thought it may be a product of triple distillation.Is there a definitive or more precise answer.
Bearing in mind there are only 4 irish distilleries. Bushmills is a triple distilled malt and isn't waxy. Cooley is double distilled malt and neither is that, and Killbeggan is still young. Midleton whiskey can have an oily character but i'm not sure if it would be described as waxy. Perhaps occasionally. It's the SPS (single pot still) whiskies that can be oily so that would suggest it was due to the unmalted barley. But having said that many Scottish malts are oily and/or waxy.
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