The stages involved in whisky making are numerous. Here is a schematic highlighting eight of them.
MALTING, KILNING, MILLING, MASHING, FERMENTATION, DISTILLATION, MATURATION and our favourite one…. LIBATION!
Each stage of whisky making is intrinsic to the whole.
Incremental changes made during these processes show significant results further down the line. A good analogy is with sailing – half a degree out when you plot your course seems like nothing, but sailing 300 miles along that course can make the difference between landing in New York or New Year….
The differences in the way one distillery works from another in carrying out the same basic range of whisky making processes, allows us to experience the magnificent range of flavours, aromas, mouthfeel and developments over time that delight and astonish when we savour our Scotch.