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Single Malt Whiskey: To Age or Not to Age
Business Week ^ | Oct 28, 2008 | David Kiley

Posted on 10/29/2008 5:15:21 PM PDT by anonsquared

Scottish distillers are getting more playful with what they add to their whiskies and how long they leave them in the cask

Bill Lumsden, the head of distilling and whiskey creation for Moët-Hennessy Louis Vuitton's (LVMH.PA) Glenmorangie and Ardbeg single-malt whiskies is a character. Not that the whisky business isn't full of creative, irascible, intriguing folks in charge of keeping our glasses filled. But having played a preposterous party game with Lumsden and others until 3 a.m. one night last May and drank from the spring that supplies Glenmorangie, I feel confident that Lumsden will have no problem getting his portion of the angel's share of whisky when he is in heaven.

Like any good distiller, Lumsden loves to play with aging his whiskies in different kinds of woods and fooling about with the mash mix. He is relentlessly curious about flavor in his whisky expressions without resorting to simple aging in oak. "I refuse to be slave to long aging when it comes to creating premium, exciting products," Lumsden told me during my recent trip to Glenmorangie in Tain, a breathtaking spot on the east coast of Scotland where poets and lovers of the sea and honey-like whisky will think they had died and gone to heaven

(Excerpt) Read more at businessweek.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: whiskey
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1 posted on 10/29/2008 5:15:22 PM PDT by anonsquared
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To: Cardhu

pingk


2 posted on 10/29/2008 5:18:32 PM PDT by null and void (Socialism doesn't work because of people./People don't work because of socialism...)
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To: anonsquared

Pour


3 posted on 10/29/2008 5:18:40 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Vote McWhatshisname and PALIN)
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To: anonsquared

It depends on how bad one needs a drink..;^)


4 posted on 10/29/2008 5:22:02 PM PDT by DirtyHarryY2K (Proud Father of 2 US Marines. Support our troops!)
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To: anonsquared

It depends on how bad one needs a drink..;^)


5 posted on 10/29/2008 5:22:27 PM PDT by DirtyHarryY2K (Proud Father of 2 US Marines. Support our troops!)
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To: anonsquared

I retire next year. Someone gave me a bottle of (can’t remember) but it is 38 year old single malt. I will have worked at my job 38 years next December.. Looking forward to that tasting.

Been drinking single malt for 46 years....


6 posted on 10/29/2008 5:22:46 PM PDT by primatreat ("Flight animals, including moose,are a nice source of food and wonderful target practice".)
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To: anonsquared
MMMMMMM Oban! Beautiful whiskey and seaside resort!
7 posted on 10/29/2008 5:26:11 PM PDT by OSHA (framing it as though you've magically neutralized any potential negative eventuality)
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To: anonsquared
"I refuse to be slave to long aging when it comes to creating premium, exciting products,"

Uh-oh. Sounds like code for, "I'm going to figure out how to mass produce a Scottish whiskey that I can rush to market. Damn the aging."

Won't pass my lips, if that's what he intends to do.

8 posted on 10/29/2008 5:33:13 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: primatreat

Early congrats on your retirement! If you need someone to help you drink that, I am sure I’ll be free that day.


9 posted on 10/29/2008 5:38:39 PM PDT by anonsquared
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To: anonsquared

"But sir, she can'nae take any more aging!"

10 posted on 10/29/2008 5:39:33 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: anonsquared

I’ve some 12 year Glenlivet that outshines 18 year McClellen I have imbibed. Age is not everything with single malt scotch.


11 posted on 10/29/2008 5:42:20 PM PDT by Panzerlied ("We shall never surrender!")
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To: Ken H

That picture would give all new meaning to Scotty saying to Captain James Kirk -
Jim Beam me up!


12 posted on 10/29/2008 5:52:02 PM PDT by anonsquared
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To: Panzerlied

I think that 12yo Glenlivet is the most underrated Single Malt out there. There’s always a bottle residing in my cabinet.


13 posted on 10/29/2008 5:58:53 PM PDT by ExpatGator (Extending logic since 1961.)
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To: anonsquared; alarm rider; stump56; bcsco; PJ-Comix

Not quite a bourbon ping but, it’s been “whiskyly” quiet lately!


14 posted on 10/29/2008 6:07:16 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Let me know if you want on the (very small) bourbon ping list!)
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To: ExpatGator

You and I and David Daiches who remarks about 12 yo Glenlivet in his book, “Scotch Whisky: Its Past and Present.”

I fell in love with single malt scotch when I visited The Whisky Shop in Edinburgh in 2004.


15 posted on 10/29/2008 6:14:38 PM PDT by Panzerlied ("We shall never surrender!")
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To: anonsquared

I sampled some of that Ardmore mentioned in the article-AMAZING!


16 posted on 10/29/2008 6:19:21 PM PDT by mozarky2 (Ya never stand so tall as when ya stoop to stomp a statist!)
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To: Ken H

17 posted on 10/29/2008 6:21:09 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear (The cosmos is about the smallest hole a man can stick his head in. - Chesterton)
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To: anonsquared
Thanks for the article.

12 yr Glenlevit? My local shop keeps me well stocked.

Cheers!

18 posted on 10/29/2008 6:37:26 PM PDT by WhoisAlanGreenspan?
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To: anonsquared
I came back from a vacation in Scotland last year with Glenmorangie 18YO single malt, Laphroaig single malt quarter cask, and Lagavulin single malt 16YO.

I made them last as long as I possibly could but I find my self in a precariously Scotchless state at present. I did ask Santa for a bottle of Glenmorangie for Christmas though.

I wish I could find a cheaper substitute for the good stuff but it's ruined me on bourbon. Don't care for bourbon now without mixing it with a cola.

19 posted on 10/29/2008 7:18:04 PM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: anonsquared
Some of my favorites:


20 posted on 10/29/2008 8:42:39 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 78:35 And they remembered that God was their ROCK, And the Most High God their Redeemer.)
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To: anonsquared

Keep away from my Laprohaig.


21 posted on 10/29/2008 9:36:41 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Vote Obama: Get more stuff!)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

I don’t enjoy scotch. My nephew gave me a bottle of Glenlivet last Christmas and that was alright but not really to my taste. I’ll stick with the bourbon.


22 posted on 10/30/2008 4:34:00 AM PDT by bcsco (Liberals don't understand, it's impossible to pick up a turd-like Obama-by the clean end...)
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