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Magazine Archives: Oct. 15, 2014

In the Bottle

Just three ingredients—water, barley and yeast—are used to make Scotch
Dave Broom
Issue: October 15, 2014


Scotch whisky is made from three ingredients—water, barley and yeast—and is then aged in oak. That's it. No tannin addition, no spinning cones, no de-acidification or chaptalization, no oak chips or vanilla essence. How three simple elements generate so much complexity and diversity remains a mystery: Barley varieties don't have a major impact on flavor; the water has minimal impact; the yeast strain used is the same for each distillery. Writer Dave Broom explains for Wine Spectator.


For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands September 16, 2014.

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