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Whisky Magazine Issue 79
April 2009


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Debate continues to surround proposed new Scotch whisky regulations being promoted by the Scotch Whisky Association and the United Kingdom Government.

Not, on this occasion, the hotly-debated ‘blended malt' title but a more detailed argument about what should constitute single malt whisky, with the new rules requiring single malt to be produced in pot stills.

Nothing contentious there you might feel, but Loch Lomond Distillers of Alexandria would beg to disagree. They have been producing, perfectly legally, single malt in a copper column still using an all barley wash.

This offers process efficiencies, better utilisation of raw materials and uses less energy for a given volume of spirit and, says Loch Lomond, produces a clean, light, grassy spirit of a medium-weight Speyside character ideal for blending.

A greener way to produce whisky. You'd assume that distillers would welcome this with open arms. Not so. The SWAhas refused to recognise the process as single malt, claiming it “does not reflect traditional Scotch whisky distillation and practice”, yet Loch Lomond points to references to this type of distilling taking place more than a century ago, while the Lomond still, invented in 1955, is allowed under the new regulations.

Around the world other distilling industries employ a similar technology and, as Nikka's Coffey Malt has proved, can produce award-winning whisky of an outstanding character.

Some Irish whiskey is also made in this way and finds an enthusias...

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