Malt whiskey is made exclusively from malted barley which is still prepared and distilled using traditional methods, but on a very large scale. Variations such as the climate or type of the barrel’s oak that the whiskey is aged in, can influence the character of the whiskey.
Due to the many factors that influences a whiskey’s character, nearly all the bottles that you see in the market are made from mixing different whiskies together to achieve that one consistent taste.
It is impossible to get a barrel that will fit the brand’s flavor right away because no two individual barrels will ever be the same. To achieve a brand’s taste, it requires a blend of whiskies from many different barrels and this is where a master blender comes in.
A master blender is a person at the distillery who will taste the whiskies from the barrels, before proceeding to mix them to create a taste consistent with the brand’s flavor profile. This is why your favorite whiskey brand tastes the same from bottle to bottle!
Single and blended – We see these two words on bottles so often that it leads us to having the misconception that a single malt whiskey, is a whiskey made from a single barrel and a blended whiskey, is a blend of many other whiskies. In fact, a single malt whiskey is actually a blend of other whiskies.
So if both are blends, then what is the difference?
A single malt whiskey is the end product with blended whiskies from a SINGLE distillery, whereas a blended whiskey is a blend of malt and grain whiskies from MULTIPLE distilleries.
For example, a bottle of Glenlivet 12 Year Old single malt Scotch whiskey is a mixture of whiskies made from one distillery. On the other hand, a bottle of Dewar’s 12 Year Old Blended Scotch whiskey can contain a mixture of different whiskies from thirty different distilleries.
Stay tuned for more whiskey facts!
Overall Rating: 6/10
Taste: Cherry; Sweet; Charred oak
I shared a glass with Joey and Darius. Joey appreciates the quality of the whisky but felt that the price is too high and wouldn’t pay more than a hundred dollars for the bottle. Darius felt the same way about the price and thought that the 1792 Barton Reserve is better than this bottle of Macallan.
Overall Rating: 5/10
Taste: Lightly carbonated; Fruity; Weak finish
“Inedit means “Never been done before”. In cooperation with the brew masters of Estrella Damm, Inedit was crafted by the globally acclaimed chef Ferran Adria, Juli Soler and sommeliers Ferran Centelles and David Seijas from ElBulli Restaurant.
The Estrella Damn Inedit is a carefully brewed blend of lager and wheat beer styles. It contains a brew combination of barley malt, wheat, hops, coriander, orange peel, yeast and water.
It is recommended that this bottle be enjoyed in a wine glass and kept cold after serving.
Matt: “It has a great nose hit but it has a thin and weak finish. I’m not a fan.”
Mike: “I like light beers so this helps me go longer and stronger. It’s a good beer but I wouldn’t pay so much for it especially when a specially brewed beer, should have a special finishing at the end.”
Ravi: “Nice and fruity but it could be better. Reminds me of a summer beer garden drink which you will mix with lemonade, like a summer shandy.”
We re-read the labels on the bottle and realized that this beer was recommended to be drunk together while eating some food. However, the conclusion between us was if you want a lighter beer, this is for you. But if you’re looking for a beer to be drunk own its own, this wouldn’t be your drink.
Beer no. 1- According to Lucy it was nice, stronger compared to American brands with honey.
Beer no. 2- Lucy thought it had a very similar taste.
Beer no. 3- Grosser but lighter.
Lucy liked beer no.1 best among the 3.
Beer no. 1 and 2 are smoother than Beer no. 3. I found all 3 brands good but like Beer no. 3 best as it was the tastiest. I liked beer no. 2 better than beer no. 1 as it had a nicer taste maybe because it was a different brand.
Timo found beer no. 2 sweet tasting, but beer no.3 was bitter and beer no. 1 was in between. He liked all 3 brands but liked number 2 best.
Brands we tested were:
Beer No. 1- Stieglitz Gold
Beer No. 2- Gösser, the main brand of Göss brewery which is one of the largest and most popular breweries in Austria.
and Beer No. 3- Stieglitz Pils
I was visiting San Diego recently and decided to try some beers at the Belching Beaver Brewery. I sampled a number of beers. First was blushing IPA. It was just ok, drinkable and rated as 6. Next was Hop highway IPA and was rated as 7 for having nice hops. Rabid rye IPA was the last and it was very good and had a subtle rye, good for an 8 rate.
Belching Beaver does not brew good beer. We brew truly great beer. Currently, we are crafting 7 distinct beers year-round that range from pale ale to stout, which are sure to please anyone’s tastes. Our first priority is using quality ingredients to create the beer recipes at our microbrewery. (Source: http://belchinbeaver.com/our-beers/)
If you’re a beer advocate, and love small intimate tasting rooms with good beers this is the place to go. Their small tasters are awesome. Good beer at a reasonable price. Open, clean, well lit with simple design. Although their beers are limited only to their own, they have a huge variety of styles, different treatments and you can choose between flights, half pours and pints depending on your mood. Plus their pints have killer prices.