A lot enthusiasts, here and elsewhere, think the use of E150 - spirit caramel should be abandoned, as it is suspected it has an impact on flavour. The distilleries on the other hand, maintains that the miniscule amounts used, can't be tasted.
Personally I don't know if its right or not - the fact is, that more than one of my personal favourites has E150 added - and they taste fine to me...
The malt maniacs has done an interesting experiment on this issue:
It has also been discussed here in the past:
Enemy # 1: Caramel
I would not even pretend to know from taste all whiskies to which caramel colouring is added to. And lets remember, it IS a colouring, not a flavour ingredient unlike some seem to think.
It isn't like some seem to think, that thick molasses is added to the whisky in sufficient quantities! This is another myth of whisky manufacturing, similar to the one about the quality of the water that is used to dilute whisky to 40% or 43% somehow affecting flavours.
Please discuss this issue with experts, they are rather prolific around your very own turf. I am quite certain again that you will indeed find the issue is not all that big. 'Caramel' is not poured in at large, it is and will be a colouring ingredient.
Marvin wrote:Why is caramel allowed in scotch whisky? Surely it makes a mockery of all the whisky reviewers who go on about the colour of a whisky?
I can barely believe that they're allowed to add water.... Mein Gott Ardbeg Still young is wonderful. I wish they'd release a 10yo cast strength, but I digress.....
Over the years I've been to a few professionally hosted tastings and one that sticks out is where we were walked through the flavour that caramel imparts. Even with my untrained palette at the end of the night it was easy to identify the caramel tainted blind sample in the bunch - think butterscotch sauce.
Of course, everything I've typed could be complete bollocks and the host of the tasting selected a particularly extreme example of a caramel enhanced whisky to push his own particular agenda....
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