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Postby Frank D.Scott » Tue Dec 05, 2000 2:00 am

Since most distillers do not bottle their whisky at the distillery,but at bottling halls,the water they use to drop the ABV to the 40 or 43 per cent is probably local water.Does this not compromise the quality of the whisky?Is this not important?And why do they not tell us that a generous portion of your single malt is not from that famous burn or spring that you advertise?
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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Dec 05, 2000 10:48 am

Frank,

I think you have hit upon a marketing scheme that has no basis or truth. For example 'bottled using only the finest local water...' a common phrase on any bottle of whisky is it not. But you and I know that most whisky is bottled in Glasgow or Edinburgh etc etc and therefore uses local water. After all, an Orkney whisky is not going to ship thousands of gallons of orkney water to wherever they bottle.

You also pointed out that they make a big deal about using local water. Now this is the case when lowering the alcohol level before being casked. I think we need to look at the variables that affect whisky and are used to describe flavours - such as warehousing (Morrison-Bowmore) have huge warehouse facilities opposite the old St Magdalene distillery), bottling and barley.

Anyway, this has been going on for a long time so is it really a double-standard or is part and parcel of whisky as we know it?

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David Stirk
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Postby Deactivated Member » Mon Dec 18, 2000 1:39 pm

I wonder if Springbank is the only exception (apart from cask strength of course), since they (used to?) bottle at the distillery?

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Martin Behre

[This message has been edited by mgmtmbeh (edited 18 December 2000).]
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