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What is the difference between Cognac, Brandy, Bourbon, Scotch and Whiskey?

Bourbon and scotch are types of whiskey and cognac is a variety of brandy. Bourbon is a type of whiskey, whereas not all whiskies are bourbons! The main difference between scotch and whisky is ...
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Can modern distilling techniques produce quality Scotch in significantly less time?

As alluded to by Eric Shain, this is more a matter of the mathematics of aging than anything about the distilling process. The key trick going on here is that years of aging have been standardized ...
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How hard is it to get rare 18 year old Scotches directly in Scotland?

As an avid whisky fan, and having worked in a distillery and visited most Scottish distilleries, I can tell you this: It's incredibly easy - pretty much all the distilleries have 18 year old single ...
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What's the difference between blended and single malt Scotch?

We need to work up a few definitions before we get to the final answer here. So without further ado: Single Malt Single Malt means that the whiskey has been made using ONLY malted barley and ...
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Examples of high value Scotches

It depends if you like the smokier/peatier whiskies such as Talisker, or prefer the smoother whiskies. I find the former generally overpriced but that's me. A good example of the latter is ...
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What are the main qualitative and quantitative differences between 18 and 12 year old Scotches?

Right now I can think about some characteristics of a Sotch, that depend partly on the age: Flavours: The longer a whisky matures in a cask, the stronger is the influence of the cask on the flavours. ...
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Is peaty whiskey made in other parts of the world besides Islay?

Is peaty whiskey made in other parts of the world besides Islay? The short answer is yes. Here are five examples from around the world: 5 Smoky World Whiskies Challenging Scotch When the ...
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Can modern distilling techniques produce quality Scotch in significantly less time?

Having distilled my own whisky in a small American Oak barrel, previously sherry-filled, with a little charring, I can give some direct experience: From blind taste tests with representatives from 3 ...
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Which single malt Scotches have improved over the last 20 years?

I find your question difficult to answer, because you mix up two things: consistency and overall quality. "There seems to have been a consistent trend across many distilleries towards a poorer ...
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Are there broad stylistic differences between Scotch and Irish whiskey?

I'd say yes, but with the caveat that I've only tried a limited number of Irish whiskies (mostly big name brands) and so they might be a bit more varied than I'm aware of. I'm largely ignorant of ...
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When did J&B Scotch switch from corks to screw-tops?

From what I can find I'm not sure I can give an exact answer to the main question (when J&B started using screw caps) but I think I found something that matches your description, from 1972: https:...
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What are some affordable brands of good Scotch?

So, I am answering assuming you want to stick with single malts rather than go blended. Also because people live in different parts of the world, prices may vary. I would recommend Glenfiddich 12-y ...
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Examples of high value Scotches

Glenmorangie is a 10-year highland single-malt scotch that outperforms its price point (currently $36 at Total Wine), in my opinion.
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Examples of high value Scotches

I'll start by saying that what I'm suggesting isn't technically a scotch recommendation, but it is a good tip for whisky, rye, and similar spirits. One of the more underrated genres of whiskey is "...
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Is peaty whiskey made in other parts of the world besides Islay?

As the previous answer says: 'yes'. You don't need to go very far from Islay to find peaty whisky: they're making it on Jura (which is about 250m away across the Sound of Jura from Port Askaig), and ...
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Maturation process in casks

Liquor casks are not cleaned between transfers, just emptied and stored until they need them again. The liquor that soaked into the wood makes sure nothing will grow in them. Wine barrels on the ...
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How to correctly do a "Hitch Mix" - Johnnie walker and perrier water

The answer really depends on what you're looking for in the drink. 1) The hotter the whiskey the more rapid the alcohol evaporates out and more of the bitter-notes shine through. Adding ice is cold ...
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What is the difference between Cognac, Brandy, Bourbon, Scotch and Whiskey?

The answer above nails the quantitative parts of the question, but I'll spend a little time adding a qualitative answer. In terms of flavour and the experience while drinking, Brandy and Whisky are ...
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Discount Scotches in North America

It's not that Scottish distilleries 'put out discount product at stores like Lidl and Aldi', but stores like Lidl and Aldi buy whisky from the producers to sell as own-brand products. It's a standard ...
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Examples of high value Scotches

I drink my Scotch neat -- too peaty/smokey and I gotta use an ice cube. Johnnie Walker Black is my go-to (~$74/1.75L at Costco in WA state). Picked up some Kirkland Signature 16-year Highland Single ...
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Are there any vodka cocktail recipes for someone who likes whisky/scotch?

Here are few cocktails that I can recommend and don't require much ingredients: 1) Black Russian - Vodka and coffee liqueur 2) Screwdriver - Vodka and orange juice 3) Greyhound - Vodka and grape ...
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What are some affordable brands of good Scotch?

If you like Aberlour you will probably enjoy other Speysides, some well know brands are: Glenfiddich Glenmorangie Glenfarclas The Balvenie Dalwhinnie The Glenlivet Glen Moray They vary in price and ...
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Why have distinct styles of Scotch clustered in different regions of Scotland?

Much of it has to do with the material they used to dry the grain. If the distillery traditionally used peat (because it worked well, was widely available, and cheap, the smell made its way into the ...
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How I can confirm that scotch whisky consumed by me is a genuine high quality scotch Whisky Bought by INDIAN RUPEES

HOW do tasters decide that the genuine quality of Scotch whisky is of high quality by tasting It is an acquired skill developed over time with education and experience. It is learned from much ...
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Can modern distilling techniques produce quality Scotch in significantly less time?

I buy a lot of single malts, and I have to say that some of those without age statements on the label are very good, e,g, Tullibardine Sovereign or Talisker Storm. I am not saying they are as good as ...
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A brand of scotch that routinely prints the release year on the bottle?

Just to extend farmersteves answer...There are quite a few that produce limited releases annually. These tend to be limited releases produced either by a new brand or established distilleries but ...
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A brand of scotch that routinely prints the release year on the bottle?

I think there are two ways to look at this. Some distilleries do put the date when they bottled the whisky/scotch it will just take some leg work. Even cheap Old Turkey has a bottled date stamped on ...
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What are some affordable brands of good Scotch?

The problem you have is implied in the question: 'affordable' and 'good' Scotch don't really go hand in hand, depending on what you mean by affordable. It's not a matter of brands, it's a matter of ...
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What are some affordable brands of good Scotch?

Are you looking for a single malt? Those may be a little more expensive. A blend like The Famous Grouse will include good scotches from the region including Glenturret. If you are looking for ...
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Examples of high value Scotches

Not a very fair question. Not all scotches are equal in flavor profile so comparing Lagavulin to glenlivet at any price is meaningless! Also, taste is personal. I cannot convince some folks that ...
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