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Issue 129 - It's Coming to Fruition

Whisky Magazine Issue 129
July 2015


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It's Coming to Fruition

The Battle of the Blends round five

With only one more round to go, the contenders are actively finalising their blends. The blends will be judged by our Contributing Editors and our readers. We are still on the look out for any of you who would like to participate in the judging process. Please contact me on:

The final blend has to be complete by 1 September and the result will be announced in our final issue of the year which publishes on 4 December.

Dave ‘The Rummager' Broom

Well, after a month of integration in Rosalita, the last addition seems to have done its job. A nosing brings out a little more fleshiness and a better sense of mid-palate richness. What it shows is that even in a blend which is intended to be medium to light-bodied, there is a requirement for an anchor. It also shows a salient point in blending, which is 1+1 does not equal 2.

It's a common enough assumption – and one made by a group of bartenders when I recently set them a blending challenge – that the characteristics of each whisky used will still exist on its own and the blend therefore becomes a layer cake of individual flavours. They picked the malts they liked and assumed that this would be enough to create complexity. It wasn't.

The ‘Springbank' element (the anchor) doesn't manifest itself as such. Individual characteristics have been absorbed and integrated and a new overall flavour has been created. You can't think of components as standing on their own – you have to think of how fl...

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