As the world's favourite whisky is blended Scotch, does everyone agree that whisky writers should spend more time writing tasting notes and features on the wide range of excellent blended Scotches available to the whisky-drinking public? (and warning us of the bad ones too, of course).
And less time writing about boring old fuddy-duddy single malt Scotch whisky, which is enjoyed by a relatively small number of people?
And fuddy duddy?
I'd rather be a fuddy duddy than have to drink the paint stripper-esque blends I could mention.........
A good whisky is a good whisky regardless of the cost. My friend and I have drunk some single malts which retail at £20 and above which are disgusting and have drunk blends which retail at £10 which have been superb.
And the best way to drink whisky is with a funnel.........
You are absolutely right, I think that it would be a good start if Whisky Magazine, starts to make some more articles on that, how some blends are being produced, their specific characteristics etc. To complete the whole thing lots and lots of tasting notes, made by the regulars like Dave Broom, Michael jackson, or even invite guys like John Ramsay and Richard Patterson to write some notes. Brands like Grouse, Black Bottle, Cutty Sark, Dewars White Mackay etc shouldn't put away on a side track. I personally find it, from time to time very enjoyable to have a blend, I mean what's wrong with that???
No I'm in, on pushing the blends a little more forward. I must admit that in my old days, all blends where out of the question, but when time passes by I learnd to appreciate them more and more.
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I would like to read more features about blends, and have the articles fully researched just like the singles' stories.
And, in conjunction with those pieces, I would also like to hear more about single grains in circulation and production these days.
Marcine reads these posts, so I would imagine that he will put someone to the task in the near future. (?)
I suspect that, for many, the taste and character will be found to have shifted quite dramatically over the years.
the idea tasting the same blend produced in different years is great. There must be a difference between those blends, because the blender never has had the same base whiskies for such a long time, even more so after 1980 when many distilleries went silent.
By comparing old expressions of the same Whisky (not only blended) with bottlings from years before - how is it possible to reproduce such bottlings as the Macallan replica that not only looks like the old bottle but should have the (nearly) same taste (as the producers say). Or look at the Macallan series the 20s, the 30s,...
How do they know ?
in Germany exist a blended whisky called "Racke Rauchzart" (formerly labeled as Red Fox in the early years). It´s a blend of scotch malt and grain whiskies now, but formerly the company used german corn whisky for the grain part.
I had the "luck" to taste both expressions and there have been an enermous difference. The older expression had a more `metallic´ taste - try a german corn whisky and you know what I mean. The newer blend comes along the standard smoky scotch blends and is not as bad as some say (just because it´s a german whisky product?).
"Novelty finishes: a passing fad or here to stay?"
possible answers: yes / no / maybe.
So, if I choose "yes", do I say, "yes, they are a passing fad"? or "yes, they are here to stay"? or "yes, they are a passing fad OR here to stay"?
And, pardon my question, what meaning do you extract from the answer "maybe"?
"Maybe they're a passing fad or here to stay", "maybe they're neither a passing fad nor here to stay", et cetera, et cetera...
I bet the marketing departments of Glenmorangie or Springbank can't wait to see the results . . .
Bowmore Darkest is my favorite Bowmore too. I enjoy regular and novelty finished whiskies and I hope distilleries will continue to produce both.
You make a good point here, it's not very much clear what to fill in, so that's why I didn't fill in anything at all.
I can't say that it's a passing fad, I think that there are lots of connoisseurs who loves a very good novelty finish, and I believe that as long as there's a high demand for it on the market, why stop? So MAYBE they are here to stay?, or if the producers decide otherwise, then it will be a NO and it is a passing fad?, or still YES because the financial figures seems to be OK?
It's difficult to fill in such a "Poll" with the only answers YES/NO/MAYBE...
Keep on Finishing,
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