Megawatt wrote:People seem to make a big deal out of Irish pot still whiskey, attributing unique flavours to it and elevating pure pot still whiskey to a higher plateau than an ordinary Irish blend.
My question is, what makes it any different than Scotch, in terms of the stills? Malt Scotch is made in pot stills too, but no one makes a big deal out of it. Is it the pot-distilled unmalted barley which separates pure pot still from common Scotch and Irish blends, as far as flavour is concerned?
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Firstly the term Pure Pot Still
(PPS) has been in existance probably longer than the term Single Malt as a category of Whisk(e)y. However Pure Pot Still
basically is a descriptor for a style of whiskey and describes the end product rather than the apparatus that is used to create it.
Secondly I would argue that people make more of a big deal out of Single Malts than anything else but because it is the norm people don't fully appreciate the hype behind Single Malts.
I would not say there is a big deal made out of PPS but it does rank higher than a regular quality Irish blend for a lot of us but not all. But because of the term Pure Pot Still there is always a small bit of confusion as to what exactly it is and therefore there is always a lot of discussion about it and it's make up.
It's make up is pretty much unique to Ireland as it is (currently)a mash of malted & unmalted barley and distilled as a single product. The single distilled spirit is then casked and aged as normal. But when it is bottled as a PPS it has not been blended in anyway so therefore is considered more of a premium whiskey like single malt.
Flavour wise all ... all whiskies have their own unique flavours as Laphroaig versus Talisker versus Glenrothes would attest.
However people do say it has a certain profile .... good PPS is a heavy oily whiskey with spice and fruitcake flavours and more often than not contain sherry matured PPS (eventhough it is also matured in Bourbon cask also).
Many Irish blends are Pure Pot Still based ... Most of the Jameson range and Powers
Redbreast & Greenspot are PPS whiskies.