the way I see it, is there are plenty of ways to skin a cat. I may be
being pessimistic, but if you want a whisk(e)y tasting just like Brand
A, then buy Brand A. If you want a whisky similar to (or perhaps better
than) that, make your own.
The use of unmalted barley is certainly a good clue as to what to do to
emulate _some_ irish products. But then are we just copying the
accountant's recipe book?
I would also be surprised if a barley/malt mixed mash didn't have some
extra enzymatic help, if only to assist sparging and viscosity
--- Andrew Bugal <bwyze44@...
> Uh, thanks for that Harry. Interesting. Seriously though, it seems
> academic - at least to me.
> I have been searching around for some good recipes to make scotch
> without relying on the whisky profile kit. Basicaslly, what does one
> compare their results to? A taste like a blend or perhaps a single
> malt (which in reality, is flavoured by most with essences, etc. so
> it tastes like a single malt.
> Considering the physical distance between Ireland and Scotland, it
> is not surprising that similar tastes and methods of producing their
> spirits would evolve over the centuries.
> So what is the bottom line here? I believe that with exposure via
> advertising, promotion, etc. of Scotch, most people would have tasted
> some variation of that spirit and settled on a single malt or a blend
> preference (most common). If the malts, etc. of Ireland begin to be
> promoted, they will be novel for awhile and the "experts" will be
> pushing their natural "purity" and true ethnicity over the Scottish
> product (for awhile). What do we do? Look for an Irish Whisky
> profile kit or go out and dig up some peat and go to the feed store
> to buy some Barley so we can get the authentic taste?
> I have heard this argument about the true "whisky" from Ireland and
> Scotland for years. You confirm that there is not much difference in
> how each is manufactured and how close each product is.
> I guess the award goes to the canny advertising and promotion heh?
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