A whisky tour

Historical Tours Ireland

Is this the most chemically complicated drink in the world? Victoria Gill attempts to unlock some of the mysteries of Scotch malt whisky

In Short
  • The finely-tuned process of Scotch whisky production is governed by its own law – the Scotch Whisky Act
  • There are 92 malt whisky distilleries in Scotland, and each one has a slightly different process – with different stills, malts and casks for maturation
  • Under the Act, Scotch whisky must be matured for at least three years, during which time the spirit reacts with compounds in the timber casks
  • Chemists continue to study the complex effects of dilution on the sensory perception of whisky flavours
A whisky tour

When I worked in a tiny Edinburgh pub, I occasionally incurred the wrath of the regulars when the water jug sat on the bar wasn’t at room temperature by the time they wanted their whisky. So I’ve long been eager to…

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