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Inside A Cooperage Where Bourbon Barrels Become Scotch Whisky Barrels

Inside A Cooperage Where Bourbon Barrels Become Scotch Whisky Barrels

Few places love American bourbon barrels as much as Scotland. Deep in the Scottish countryside, stacks of used American whiskey barrels tower above buildings. Eventually, those barrels will be reworked and transformed, and the barrels that once helped American whiskey become bourbon will be born again as Scotch barrels. By law, Scotch must be barrel-aged […]

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Why Scotch Distilleries Use Copper Stills

Why Scotch Distilleries Use Copper Stills

The image of the large copper whisky still is iconic. Whether it’s in Scotland making Scotch whisky, or in America making moonshine and whiskey with an “e,” the copper still signifies quality and taste. But why, exactly, do distillers stick with copper on both sides of the Atlantic? After all, stills can technically be made […]

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You Can Thank Blended Scotch for Your Single Malt

You Can Thank Blended Scotch for Your Single Malt

It’s in vogue to be a fan of single-malt Scotch whisky. Trendy drinkers love to fetishize things that speak of a distinct place and style. For Scotch, that means obsessing over single malts and disregarding blends, and the market shows it. Single-malt sales have grown 183 percent in the U.S. since 2002, while blended Scotch sales […]

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