The Long Island Whisky – Old Ferrytown Whisky No. 4

Long Island Whisky

No matter how versed you think you might be in the world of whiskey, there will always be something new, something unheard of, something unique that you haven’t tried. Recently, I had just that experience.

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Scott Hill

Scott is a co-founder of Flight Club and a frequent writer and reviewer on the Club’s blog.

April 2017: Single Grain Whisky

Host: Lee Bullock

What is the difference between a single grain and a single malt whisky?  Consumers and even some bartenders have a misconception that single-malt Scotch is not a blended whisky, but this is a myth. Single-malt scotch is a blend, but it’s a very specific type of blend. In fact, nearly all whiskies on the market today are blends—bourbons, ryes, Tennessee, scotches, etc.

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Yamazaki 12 – Not Your Father’s Scotch

Yamazaki 12

There is no dispute that Japanese Whisky can trace its roots back to Scotland. Nearly a century ago, Masataka Taketsuru famously went to Scotland to study and get hands-on experience distilling Scotch in the Speyside and Campbletown regions. After returning to Japan, Taketsuru joined forces with Shinjiro Torii and they built the Yamazaki Distillery in 1923 near Kyoto. Taketsuru left Yamazaki in 1934 to build the Yoichi Distillery in a different part of the country to better mirror climate conditions he had seen in Scotland. Since then, the Japanese have become well versed in distilling the water of life and even today these two founding visionaries continue to dominate Japanese whisky as their companies have grown into Suntory (Torii) and Nikka (Taketsuru).

Japanese whisky is often compared to Scotch and this is a natural comparison given its previously discussed roots. This comparison, however, is a disservice. While inspired by Scottish whisky, Japanese whisky stands on its own and the varieties of whiskies emerging from the Land of the Rising Sun are sophisticated, multilayered, and creative in their own right.

One of these whiskies is Yamazaki 12 year old single malt (43%ABV, $100+). The 100% malted barley distillate is aged in a combination of ex-bourbon casks, sherry casks, and mizurana oak casks. Visually, the coloring is golden to amber, shimmering in the light. It’s inviting you to come on a journey.

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Stephen Benson

Dr. Stephen Benson is an original member of Flight Club.

June 2016: Taiwanese Single Malt Whisky  

Kavalan was founded in 2005 and known as the first distillery built in Taiwan. The distillery features imported copper pot stills from Scotland, water sourced from the springs of Mountains of Taiwan, and several types of wood barrels to achieve specific flavor profiles. Kavalan was quick to become well-known, beating even traditional Scotch counterparts in competitions.

As for the distillation method, the whisky goes through double distillation, resulting in additional purity and leaving the still at a higher strength. For maturation, the temperature in Taiwan is higher than other areas where single malt whisky is traditionally produced. This results in the whisky extracting the flavors from the oak barrels at a faster rate. Thus, even at a younger age, Kavalan typically tastes more mature than other similarly aged, or even older, whiskies. Another interesting fact – Kavalan is named after the indigenous people who originally inhabited the northeastern corner of Taiwan.

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