Whether you are one of my spirits-education students or just a drinks aficionado looking for some interesting reading, here are some fascinating articles I’ve uncovered in my research and teaching. Enjoy! Note that some news and publication sites may have a “paywall” and require subscription, often available free for a short trial period, to read articles or view materials.
Stages of Production
How yeast affects the flavour of spirits
Two good articles on esters in beer and wine that can apply to aromas in spirits, too
Pros and cons of chill filtration
Accelerated and synthetic maturation of spirits (including one of my own articles)
Are trace amounts of sugar really introduced in wood maturation?
New maturation woods and techniques and one distillery’s experimental warehouse
Is there an American oak shortage imminent?
A podcast on the use of Garriana oak casks for maturing Pacific Northwest whisky
Peat and sustainability (podcast episode)
Peat bogs and carbon capture (and a cool interactive about peat)
Use of condensers
The relationship between Scotch and sherry
A new distillery built for innovation
Modern evolution of blended Scotch
List of known mashbills
“Sweet” vs. “sour” mashing
GMO corn in bourbon
Controversial bourbon label claims
The difference between bourbon and rye
Smoked whiskies trend
Peated bourbon trend
A secret about American rye
Other Whisk(e)y Topics
Does the shape/style of ice affect your whiskey?
Cognac + Armagnac
Why do some producers filter colour out of rum?
Next big thing: Japanese rum
Rum and added sugar
A government liquor site to consult for some sugar levels in rum/spirits
Funky, “high hogo” rum
First-hand visit and pictures of Jamaican rum distilleries
The Dutch spirits house behind some famous rums
Pros and cons of a global naming/classification system for rum
Agricole vs. Cachaca primer
Age statements in rum
Terroir-driven rum production in Grenada
Barbados develops a new GI for its rum
Additive-free tequila certification program (Tequila Matchmaker)
Terroir in tequila
Species of agave
Tahona use in tequila production, and what it contributes
Is there an “agave shortage”?
Regional agave spirits
What is Pechuga Mezcal?
Why bats are the heroes of the agave world (PBS documentary info)
Australian agave spirits
Destilados de agave vs mezcal
Mexico’s fermented agave beverages
Vodka and flavoured spirits
New U.S. definition of vodka
Terroir in vodka
Is vodka really neutral?
Fixative botanicals in gin
Concentrated gins: a trend
Botanical spirits trend
Flavoured spirits trend (including sheep dung flavour?!)