View Full Version : Scotch Terroir (related to bourbon as well)

04-08-2007, 10:21
A great interview with Mark Reynier (Managing Director of Bruichladdich Distillery) discussing the concept of terroir. In reality, it is just a discussion about something we talk about all the time here on straight bourbon. What are some of the most influential factors when it comes making good whiskey?


For me the most interesting comment was the first by Mark Reynier:

At the last Islay Festival, I organised a tasting that 147 members of the public took part in; ‘nosing’ 4 new spirit. The samples were drawn from the spirit safe at 0 age, colourless, identically distilled, same harvest, but from 4 different 'terroirs'. 100% of the tasters – all members of the public - on the nose alone, could tell that the 4 samples were different. The ‘Terroir’ was the only difference between the samples: the fields where the barley was grown. In this case the soil, bedrock, microclimate all played their part. That’s ‘terroir’.

12-03-2007, 07:48
That is also a reason i`m not very fond on woodfinishes,they can make from a average whisky a better one only to mask the terroir,and sell it for much more it was originally worth.To me it feels a bit like being cheated but the normal maturation can do a lot of good/bad as well.

12-06-2007, 12:44
Yeah, but if the origional bottling was dodgy then a finish can make an expression drinkable. See Grant's Ale & Sherry cask for examples of this. If there is any doubt, try the plain Grants HTH...