Whiskey Fact: Not one barrel is the same.

whiskeybarrelsMalt 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!

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