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t MIXING beer SPIRITS WINE THE MAESTRO OF MALT Salvatore gives answers to single malt whisky questions Q What is single malt whisky? PICTURES: Getty Images, Shutterstock All Scotch whiskies must be made and matured in Scotland. However, the rules for single malt whiskies are even more stringent; each one must be the product of one distillery, batch distilled in pot stills from water and malted barley without the addition of other cereals. Q Why do single malts produced in different distilleries vary so much in flavour? Most people agree that the source and purity of the water used is the most influential factor. However, both the size and shape of the still are also important, as is the skill of the master blender. The quality of the barley plays a role, too, as does the type of cask used for maturation and, of course, how long the whisky stays inside it. Q When an age is stated on the label, what does this mean? Q Will single malt whisky continue to improve after I have bought it? This is the age of the youngest whisky in the bottle, no matter how small the amount. It is never, on any occasion, an average. No. Once bottled, the taste of the single malt remains the same, however long you keep it. CHEERS 093

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Cheers 2013

EDITOR’S LETTER
HELLO FROM OZ
CIAO FROM SALVATORE
HOT OFF THE PRESS
SNIFF AND SPIT
HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS
SOUTHERN STARS
PARTY PIECES
UP AND COMING
LET’S GET FIZZICAL
BUON NATALE
A SAFE HARBOUR
ITALIAN MASTERS
MIXING IT UP
CLASSIC COCKTAILS
WONDROUS WHISKY
VERSATILE VODKA
GIN-GIN
CAKES AND ALE
BOTTLE SHOP
SOMETHING TO EAT
GOURMET GETAWAYS
GIFTS AND GADGETS
BOXING CLEVER
STOCK UP YOUR BAR
BLOG IT!

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