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I was in Scotland one time at a B&B and ran into a government still inspector. He told me that the whole thing about how "the unique flavor of each single malt scotch is caused by the local peat and water" is marketing baloney. He said that what determines the taste is the fraction of organic and other materials that make it over into the distilled side, and that that is determined by the shape of the pipes.

He said there were craftsmen who, when a still needed to be rebuilt, specialized in putting back the same seams, rivets, bends, dents, etc. into the rebuilt still as were in the original, in order to maintain the taste of the product.

Maybe he was pulling my leg but I don't see what the peat in the fire has to do with the taste of the whiskey, unless there is a serious sanitation problem.

by asdf on Mon Jan 3rd, 2022 at 04:43:33 PM EST

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