bernstein wrote:Mmmm, not so sure about this, Nikwik and Admiral. I guess Nick makes a valid point here after all.
All OBs – except of course SCs - are vattings of different casks (e.g. sherry, bourbon, etc.) but produced following strict and always similar recipes concerning ppm, temperature of distillation, length of the middlecut etc. at the same distillery. So Macallan’s spirit should always be the same, whether it is destined for bourbon or for sherry-casks. This is what the talk about a specific distillery-character is all about, isn’t it? And that should be a single malt by definition – e.g. “rule of the spirit”. (I know, I know, the rules of the SMWS aren't that specific. I may be completely wrong about this, but isn't that exactly the practice and ambition at each distillery? Please feel free to correct me here, if I got it wrong!)
Producing Port Charlotte, Octomore, Ledaig, Craiglodge, Glen Douglas, Inchmurrin, Inchmoan, Croftengea, Longrow, Hazelburn etc. is led by expressingly different recipes, so even if they come from the same still, they`re effectively different products. At Loch Lomond distillery they can actually modify their stills to reach the whole variety of different malts! (BTW – is Loch Lomond Single Malt really a vatting of those different malts? I confess, I haven’t thought about that.)
Is a vatting of those products even if they come from the same distillery (e.g. 3D) really a “classic” single malt? So you could IMO very well ask, whether this is still within the “spirit of the rules” or not.
Shouldn't we open up a new thread about this?
I´ve heard somewhere that at about 60 % of the taste comes from the wood. After having attended the "Mysteries of Wood"-MC at Whisky Live and tasted two Glenrothes - one from european and one from spanish oak - I am quite convinced if not about the percentage than that at least that the wood is a very important key factor.
With this in mind it seems a bit strange were we to consider a vatting of two receipes nothing but a vatting but a vatting of sherry- and bourbon casks a single malt...