Background knowledge on Single Malt Whisky

In this section we introduce you to interesting areas around the production, such as a cask factory and a bottling plant. Find out what chill filtration is all about and how the production of whisky has changed over the years.

The first beginnings of whisky production date back to 1494, although the end product had little in common with our whisky today. To this day, the production process is almost unchanged, although the technology has evolved.

Much has changed since renowned distilleries such as Highland Park, Bowmore and Glen Garioch began producing at the end of the 18th century. The operation of the plants has become very modern.

How does chill filtration work and what does it do, and does it affect the taste?

How much water is in whisky and how is the alcohol produced?

The long life of a cask, from its manufacture through the various fillings to its reprocessing.

What is behind the mysterious moonshining?

There are hardly any of them any more, the independent distilleries. Why is that and what does it mean for the whisky connoisseur?

The maturation of whisky in casks is a careful process that imparts complex flavours and character to the distillate as it matures in wooden casks, transforming it from a raw distillate into a rich and nuanced spirit.

Those interested in technology will learn details about the construction and operation of a still.