Friday, May 1, 2015

UK: Ben Nevis, Scotland

After the monster, this is a must-do thing in Scotland. How can you not visit to a whiskey house if you're in Scotland, right?

So, we were briefed on how is the process to produce a whiskey. It takes lots of time, lots and lots. 

There are 5 stages of a whiskey production process. Malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation or some call it aging. There are only 3 ingredients that you need. Barley, water and yeast.

Barley is the base and it depends a lot on the quality of the barley, it affects greatly on the end product.

This is maybe, the fermentation stage. This is when the yeast is added here. The task of the yeast is to turn the existing sugar into alcohol. Sounds good here.

Probably, this is the distillation stage. They will need to go twice for this process and apparently, fatter stills will produce a fuller, richer spirit.

That's the maturation process. Of course, it has to end up with bottling.

Then, it's time for whiskey tasting. When you're cold, this is good. It really keeps you warm.

That is, me. To whiskey, with love. A very productive session we had. I have always wondered how alcohol is produced, at least now, I know how whiskey is. It's a terribly long process with gigantic machines.

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