On the surface white whisky seems like a pretty fancy option, but when you notice it’s other names: new make, white lighting, un-aged whiskey, and moonshine—it looses a bit of its charm.
It’s worth noting though, that white whisky’s reputation might not be totally deserved. The infamous drink is simply whisky that hasn’t gone through the usual three years minimum aging, it’s ready to drink straight from the still.
Although this means that it doesn’t take on the colour and flavour whisky acquires from being aged in barrels, a quality white whisky is the best way to show off a talented distiller. While the barrels are undoubtedly beneficial to the spirit, without the added qualities the spirit’s natural characteristics are on display. And unlike more filtered spirits that are often flavourless, the white whiskies can contain countless flavours.
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