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06-18-2013, 03:22 AM
Whats every opinion on young whisky. Lets say whiskys under 10yrs. I love Albour'Adouh(messed up spelling) and know its around 5yrs. I really enjoy Kilochman Sherry cask and i believe its 5yrs too. I also enjoyed Austcon Vallinch(I know) but not sure how old the 2011 is.
So far i have really enjoyed the young whiskys i have tried. I know some say stay away from them cause the older ones are smoother and the young tend yo be rough around the edges but the young tend have stronger favor up front.
Anyone else like young whisky or have some recommendations.
06-18-2013, 10:33 AM
A'bunadh isn't 5 years old, it's a vatting of casks of various different ages - some of which may be much older. I think the range of casks is from 5 years up to around 25 years.
Age is all relative; it depends on how fast the whisky matures in the wood. Various conditions impact maturation - humidity, temperature, wood type, cask size (wood contact level), air presure and time in cask (age). Age is just 1 part of maturation to consider.
Let me give you an example; Indian whisky (such as Amrut) matures very quickly due to the local conditions in India, so most of their stuff is young. Due to evaporation they loose lots of spirit to the Angels so if they leave the whisky too long there will be none left! They get complexity levels of much older scotch in a short time. Same in Japan.
A 12yr Japanese whisky can be as complex as an 18yr scotch.
With peated whisky, as you mature you mellow the peat so the older it gets the less peaty it is. So peaty whiskies stand up to youthful drinking more.
Laphroaig Quarter Cask is a good example; they mature it in normal bourbon casks for around 5 years and then finish in small quarter casks for around 7 months. The impact is that 7 months in small casks gives high ratio of spirit to wood contact and much higher complexity levels, but as it's still young it also retains good levels of peat influence.
Ardbeg Supernova was a young whisky, and very (very!) highly peated. It was rated as one of the best whiskies in the world when it came out. It was made very well and with a good wood management policy.
The upshot is; young whisky can be very good. When the cake is ready you take is out of the oven right?
Buying whisky based on the adage that older is better is BAD. Lots of old whisky is very good and complex, but do not underestimate the quality of well produced young whisky - just make sure you buy the right ones :)
I'm a big flag flyer of NAS whisky, provided the distillery don't take the piss and are giving you good quality malts at a good price. I buy my whisky based on quality and more than happy to spend $200 on a bottle of whisky with no age provided it is excellent. I pay for quality not the fact that someone has left it in cask for 40 years (some older scotch is shocking and not worth the price tag).
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