CSI: Scotland MARK GILLESPIE By
You’ve been given a mystery to solve, and your future hangs in the balance. Your task: find a single
malt Scotch that will impress someone important (boss,
potential father-in-law, etc.). However, this important
person usually drinks blended Scotches, such as
Johnnie Walker Black Label.
What’s the difference? Single malts are made from
100 percent malted barley at a single distillery,
while blended Scotches may use malts from dozens of
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distilleries as well as “grain whisky,” which can be made
from corn, wheat, barley or other grains.
Blenders select malts based on a secret recipe that calls
for a specific flavor profile, and their choice of distilleries
can vary widely based on available blending stocks.
However, almost every premium blended Scotch has a
“fingerprint” malt that provides key flavors that a blender
is looking for. Find the “fingerprint” in your favorite blend,
and you’ve found the key to impressing that VIP.
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