Hey drammers, I feel like it’s been a long time we haven’t tackled some stupid widespread pre-conceived ideas about whisky around here ! And oh boy, as I’ve been spending a lot of time behind the counter of a whisky bar lately, I cannot even count the times I clenched my fists not to explode in anger and risk a 1-star-review on Tripadvisor 😉
–> There’s no such a thing as a “feminine” whisky/flavour. For f*ck sake, taste buds aren’t on your genitals!
–> The peaty aroma of your whisky doesn’t come from the water, which even if running through peaty soil before reaching the distillery, hasn’t much influence on the smoky flavour of your Laphroaig or Octomore. If you want to know all about peat, read my #backtowhiskybasics lesson about it 😉
–> Older whiskies aren’t necessarily more expensive because they are better. First, taste is subjective, I think I’ve covered that point quite a lot around here. But most importantly, older whiskies cost more in storage to the distillery for lesser product. You’re not without knowing the % of evaporation that goes out to those greedy angels year after year right ?
So all in all: lesser volume + more expensive production costs = more expensive bottle on the shelves. Thanks Captain Obvious!
See you next month for the 4th episode of 3 whisky myths bebunked.